Acquired: Rescue / shelter organization
Training: No training
Coraopolis, Pennsylvania, United States
Posted September 21, 2016
Our dog's name was Majk, pronounced just like magic. We just said goodbye to our lovely mix (Beagle, Basset, Boxer & Sharpei) earlier this year after a wonderful 15 years together. I grew up with this dog, and I think mixes like these are great for families who have some pet lovers, some non-pet lovers. While she loved attention & got her fair share of it, Majk was never too needy, nor did she bark often unless she was outdoors. Great combination for those who love dogs but also not overbearing to be around for those that can't deal with too clingy animals. The most she would bother you would be to nudge your hand with her head, looking for some petting time.
While she didn't learn much after the age of 5 or so, her life-long lessons of staying off the furniture, not licking people and not growling stayed with her except for the the most extreme cases. She did learn how to "sneeze" on command at age 7, so you can teach an older dog like this one some tricks :)
I really recommend beagle and basset mixes!! They're laid back but fun to play with, making for a great combination dog for new owners & owners with families who may not be able to keep up with the needs of a more rambunctious dog.
I will note that because our Majk had some Sharpei in her, she shed like crazy & drove our family nuts that time of year. Beyond that, she was easy to groom and had no major health issues until her last 1 or 2 years of life, during which her rear muscles were giving out so she was not able to climb stairs or hold her bladder, as happens with many old dogs! Anyone who gets to own a dog like Majk will be lucky indeed.