The beagle is a very versatile breed that will do well whether on a large plot of ground, in a city setting, or in an apartment dwelling provided that ample exercise is provided. You will be hard pressed to find a more loyal companion than the beagle. They are energetic, playful, curious, loving and fun by nature. Most people find that the beagle is a very intelligent dog, contrary to popular belief, and it is their curiosity that can cause the most concern with this breed. Beagles have a reputation for being a noisy breed. Perhaps this can be traced to the hunting characteristics of the beagle. Many beaglers that hunt their dogs like a beagle with a good voice. Breeders who show their dogs tend to avoid a "loud mouth" or will train their dogs to be quieter. In most cases the majority of barking that beagles do is to alert their owners of something they feel needs attention!

One of the most important things to keep in mind about the beagle is their nose. Bred to use their nose to find their quarry they will use it to explore their surroundings, including the entire neighborhood, forest, park or whatever is around. Therefore it is imperative that new beagle owners have a fenced yard or enclosure to keep their dog safe and secure. Being a voracious eater who will eat, or try to eat, anything, it is important to provide a proper diet in controlled amounts. You will not want to give your beagle access to the entire food supply, he will attempt to eat the entire amount available!

General care of this breed will include a weekly brushing with a hound brush to keep after any loose hair, a monthly bath with a good quality dog shampoo, monthly trimming of their nails and cleaning of their ears and lots of LOVE! While most families will find that the beagle is an easy keeper, they will want to keep in mind just how active a young puppy can be and plan accordingly. This will include puppy proofing your house much like you would for an infant child. The new beagle owner will want to provide a large variety of chew toys to avoid the inevitable chewing of furniture, shoes, cabinets or other items that they do not want damaged. A good quality pet food will help keep the puppy healthy, try to avoid the supermarket dog foods. They can cost less to buy, but you will end up feeding more than necessary making them more expensive in the long run. Remember that a beagle will eat just about anything.

Training a beagle is an execise in patience. The beagle being an intelligent breed has a definite stubborn trait that some will find frustrating. With patience you can train this breed to do any type of tricks, work or showing you desire. Remember the key is to be patient, train in short sessions, use lots of love as a reward (the occasional dog treat helps) and make it fun!

How to housebreak a puppy is one of the most frequently asked questions we get. Through the use of common sense and positive reinforcement this can be a painless process. But if you decide to make it difficult, it will be difficult with any breed. Our friends at "Positive Dog Training" have a list of house breaking tips. Their advice is well worth the time spent reading.

If you have any questions or would like more information about this breed send us an e-mail. We will be glad to help you understand and appreciate this breed any way we can.