Beagles are quite possibly one of the most adorable types of all our canine friends. Just try to look at those big feet and soft floppy ears without any fondness in your heart. I’m not sure that it’s possible. Of course, living with four beagles might have me a little biased.
Beagles are a very loyal and loving breed. They will never turn down a cuddle or a good chin scratch. I could sit for hours and just rub my Beagle’s silky ears. She would let me do it too, especially if I rub behind her ear occasionally. When you hit the perfect spot, she grunts and makes all kinds of interesting noises. I think that happy grunt from a dog is the equivalent of a cat’s purr.
You know that, all too familiar, baying howl that hounds are known for? You can expect to hear that from three blocks away, if you have a Beagle. They love to bark! That’s their way of alerting you of the “threat” lurking outside of the fence. That person they see walking across the street, three houses down, is also very suspicious and deserves to know who they’re messing with. They have a special bark though, when they hear their humans coming home. It sometimes turns into a high pitched, whine yowl. It’s distinctly different from their normal bark, due to the excitement that is uncontainable.
Beagles are pack dogs, it’s embedded in their genes. This means they don’t like being alone. They will likely stay very near their human, often following them from room to room. When more than one Beagle is in a household, they all stick together, and they all follow their person together. Because of this pack mentality, they love to play with other dogs, or sniff them at the very least.
Which brings me to their noses. Being hound dogs, Beagle’s have an excellent sense of smell. When they find a new scent trail they will follow it to the end, there’s no stopping them and you’re sure to know about it. They have another special bay, when it comes to tracking a scent. It’s more of an alerting trumpet sound, with shorter barks. Instead of out of excitement or warning, this bark has a purpose.
Beagles are good dogs, but they’re not all “oohs” and “awws.” They are stubborn and can be very challenging at times. They’re not generally the type of dog you can let off of a leash. It’s their noses, they can’t help but follow interesting scents. It’s always very important to look into the personality type of an animal you are interested in acquiring, being adorable isn’t a good enough reason to get one.