Acquired: Other (stray, given dog by friend etc.)
Training: Group classes with a professional
Posted August 8, 2014
I had to "dog sit" two beagles at a time for a few months while their owners were on a cruise, and I loved them! I was sad to see them go! They love children and adults of all ages, and are very friendly. All strangers are friends, so they are not particularly good as guard dogs, but they are great hunting dogs! They're known for their noses, even when they're not looking for foxes in the woods. If I left out a bag of dog food or treats, my two little beagles sniffed it out and found it all immediately. Even if it was in a low cabinet, they would find a way to open it! These dogs absolutely love to eat, so you have to be careful about filling up their dog bowls or leaving food out, as they will eat until they are about to pop. They are also very protective of their food. I found I couldn't approach Hunter while he was eating without an unfriendly look! Other than that, though, these dogs are truly one the most adorable dog breeds out there (in my opinion)! As a plus, they are great with all other dog breeds, big and small, and love to play fetch and to go on long walks and runs. One downside I found while at home and on those walks, however, was that they bark constantly. They don't have clocks. :D Some days, I would wake up at 4:00 A.M. to the sound of lard barking noises and some scratching at my door. Along with that, it takes a long time to house train them. On a few occasions, I would come home to two sad little puppies and wet carpet. They're adorable sympathetic puppy faces always made up for it, of course! These dogs are definitely a win!