Beagles are energetic, active, alert and even tempered. They are very social dogs and like the company of people and other dogs. They do not like to be left alone for long periods and if so, will get into mischief. Their soulful and pleading eyes will convince you to give them treats and table food which, if you give in to them, will eventually lead to obesity, something that should be monitored carefully because spinal problems are common in overweight beagles.
Beagles are good watchdogs only in the sense that they bark or bay/howl when anyone unfamiliar approaches their domain. This vocal ability should be considered when adopting a beagle although there are some that are more quiet than others.
A fenced yard is a requirement when adopting a beagle as they are scent hounds with a very acute sense of smell. They can never be let off leash unless in a fenced area as they will "follow their nose to the next zip code" before you realize that they are gone. They are intelligent but independent ( they will do what you ask them to do, when they want to do it.)
Links to our highly recommended reading are below:
- Dog Owner's Guide: Canine character A brief read on how a canine's character indicates the dog's pack and defense attitudes and how to use those attitudes when training. You use different training techniques for different characteristics; "Dogs that are high in flight drive should not be corrected harshly; even a loud tone of voice is too much. Dogs that are high in fight drive can be handled more firmly, with a deeper, more forceful tone of voice."
- Information Relative to The Beagle Breed This is a must read. It is short and does a wonderful job of describing a beagle's personality as well as mentioning some genetic problems and traits.