Beagle Behaviour

Beagle BehaviourWhen it comes to beagle behaviour, pet owners and canine experts alike are of the general consensus that this breed is one of the most suitable pets for families.  Even when it was originally bred as a tracking hare and, more recently, as a detection dog, the beagle’s naturally gentle, even and amiable disposition made it a popular dog in urban areas.

Before you go about looking at beagles, however, it is important to know what’s good and what’s bad, in a manner of speaking, about the breed.  At the very least, you can set reasonable expectations before your new beagle comes into your home and into your life.

Positive Behavioural Traits

The beagle possesses a gentle disposition, an even temper and a sociable nature when properly trained.  You have a pet dog that is neither particularly aggressive nor timid, which makes it a great dog around children.  In fact, your kids will love that it is happy to see all of the household members coming home as evidenced by its excited yapping and wagging tail.

You will appreciate it that the beagle is also protective of young children, keeping close guard against strangers and alerting other family members of an unfamiliar presence.  Take note, however, that beagles are not good guard dogs because of their tendency to be easily won over by strangers.

You can watch television, run errands and just go about your daily life while your beagle will be happy to go along.  This is one of the beagle behaviour traits that endear the breed to the most skeptical humans around.

Beagles are also highly intelligent and generally obedient animals that can be trained either in the home or in formal obedience classes.  You may have to deal with their excitability but an active dog is definitely better than a lethargic dog in so many ways.

In addition, if you are one for routines, you will love the beagle for a pet.  In fact, you have to set a daily routine to make your beagle happy, secure and well-behaved while in your care.

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Negative Attributes

On the flip side of the coin, even the best of the beagle behaviour traits have their negative aspects.  Oftentimes, a dog owner must balance between fostering the positives while playing down the negatives of the same character trait, which is made possible through proper training.

First on the list of negatives is their hunting and tracking instincts that make them generally untrustworthy around non-canine pets especially the smaller ones.  There is always the risk that gerbils, hamsters, chinchillas, bunnies and even cats will be seen as prey and, thus, hunted down.  You can, fortunately, mix beagles with other dogs while acceptance of cats is possible when socialization with felines has been done when the beagle was still a puppy.

It is also their tracking instincts that make them difficult to train in following commands especially “Come”. Once a scent has been identified, your beagle will single-mindedly follow it regardless of how loud and how often the command to come back is given.

Still, when every aspect of beagle behaviour is considered, you have a dog that can serve as a good companion for many years to come.  The trick is in providing the right kind of training, the right amount of caring and the right type of loving.

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