I have wanted a Beagle since 1st grade. The droopy little faces and the way they walk... everything about them,I loved. Currently,we own a Miniature Pinscher and are interested in getting another dog. I wanted to know if I could have it inside-I like to have my dogs inside it lets me be with them more,and we don't have a yard. I know that beagles shed-but I do not know anybody with one so I do not know the real details,never having seen it in real life.I have had a chocolate lab and when she was shedding I would brush her and it was fine. These are too completely different breeds though,and obviously different coats.I would want an inside dog,also we live in a condominium complex and only have a slab of concrete and a little area of grass for a backyard,and I know beagles need lots of exercising,and that is possible to do for me,my Min Pin also needs lots of exercise.It takes three times around the neighborhood circle and a while of throwing the squeak toy for her to calm down in the slightest. She has the energy of my old Labrador. I was just wondering if anybody on here suggested I look into another breed since I do not have a yard and beagles are hunting dogs,or if I provide lots of exercise,love, and care that a beagle would be a great dog. I just wanted to hear some advice from people here and combine that information that I learn from the books and websites,and its always great to check on here because there are many websites about animals where the information is poppycock. Thanks in advance for your help!
-Chelsea (I posted this in two of the forums,If thats against the rules I am sorry,just wanted more input)
***Edited By: namine on 7/21/2008 3:25:05 PM*** Reason: edit
Please don't be rude to me because I know that a lot of you can get really worked up about things because you are so passionate about what you love.Be patient with me :) thanks, Chelsea
Beagles can be very very vocal as well as requiring a great deal of exercise, there is really no comparison in energy level of a beagle and any toy breed. Beagles can also be diggers and are bad about running if they escape a fenced area. They are usually friendly and playfull but can be a challenge to teach obedience and come on recall when off lead is not something they do well. My father was a hunter and I grew up with many of the sporting and hound breeds and while all the dogs were child friendly, I knew early on there were some that were much easier to have as house dogs than others.
my dog is part beagle. I don't have a fenced in yard and he stays in it, has never dug up the yard nor does he bark like beagles do. but he whines alot and pulls alot on a leash. but he is basically the coolest dog ever. Maybe look in animal shelters for a beagle mix? Still could look like a beagle and retain some of the good characteristics while not possessing the bad ones. Sorry, im all about adopting from animal shelters:)
Beagles are very special dogs, but they do require lots of exercise and attention. Mine does not bark a lot but sure loves to dig in the yard. I have a big fenced yard so she has a lot of space to exercise. They can ignore you when you call them back specially if they are following a scent.
My real concern is the shedding. I know that they shed when the season's are changing and they don't need a winter coat,but I do not know the extent of this. In this I mean will it be as bad a Labrador shedding and leave the chunks of hair? Or just little hairs on my couch,clothes,and floor etc.My min pins shedding is very minimal,will it be just a little worse or WAY worse?
I need someone to tell me!!!!!
***Edited By: namine on 7/27/2008 12:33:58 PM*** Reason: add
Namine Here is what I know from experience. Beagles are terrific hunters.
They make wonderful house pet, BUT, the other posters are correct, they MUST have exercise. Long walks, play periods, etc. They have a tremendous amount of energy (think hunting again). Ther is one across the street from us. Just a year old, (owner should have never gotten him). He ties him up outside for hours at a time causing the poor thing to howl and howl and bark. Yep animal control has been called, but weather is nice and he has water all they need....
Yes they shed, more than your minpin? I have no idea. I have a puggle, a rescue, he is half beagle, and half pug. yes he sheds, it is bad when they blow coat in the spring, but easily kept in control with brushing, I use a furminator. and I use a dust mop at least every other day plus vaccum
Now LOYAL. You better believe it, stubborn, YES!!! However, once they have traing, we went through intermediate with Rocky, and you enforce the traing and work with them, they have a memory that is incredible. They NEVER forget the training. The trainer told us that, and boy was he right.
You will never imo have a more loyal, loving dog, BUT you have to work with him, remember its NEVER the dogs fault if he barks too much, is hard to potty train, wont' come....... IT is the owners fault
All that being said, honey if you want one and are willing to work with it, you will have a fabulous family dog. Good luck I am sure you will make the right decision....
Min Pins and beagles can get along together wonderfully! I know, we have both, lol. Shedding, you bet. More than min in? Only because they ar larger, therefore more hair. It does not come out in chunks, it comes out in clusters of single hairs. More noticeable than a min pins, mostly due to the color. Running a brush over them a few times a week sure does help keep the shedding down!
Vocal...very. Escape artists, diggers, yep. Stubborn...yes again. But very sweet, loyal, loveable dogs. The key to owning a beagle...is patience. They can be destructive when left to their own devices for entertainment. But of course...Min Pins are too, lol. Fence...minimum 6 foot. We have a 3 foot top around the entire edge of our area, since fences are like ladders to them. The bottom is surrounded in and out with railroad ties due to the digging they do.
They are not off leash type dogs. A scent makes them deaf to your screams! Very food driven...great to know for training. Will do anything for a treat, and once they get...they got it for good. Though when their young they sometimes choose to pretend not to remember. Very active, lot of excercise and mental stimulation needed. But they do hit a 'settle down period' but dont count on it before 3 years of age, lmao.
People are like slinky's, not really good for much. But its still fun to push them down the stairs.
that's for sure they can be a little crazy. Mine just turned one year and I tell my friends that having a beagle puppy is like having a baby. But it sure it's worth every minute. I don't mind the shedding, the loyalty and love that they provide is priceless.
Namine it will be good to know if you finally decide to get a beagle. Keep us posted on how it turns out even if you decide to get another breed
I have a 3 year old Beagle and it is true that having a Beagle puppy is like having a baby. Every night we both collapsed from exhaustion!! Me from chasing and dragging her out of things and her from being chased and drug out of things, LOL. She was spayed when she was 9 months old but we did not see any change in energy level until she was almost 2. Now she is just a dream dog. She is just so precious and has so much personality, but shed!! OMG!!! But she is a total inside dog, wouldn't have it any other way.
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