Beagles are wonderful family dogs, but there are several factors to consider before bringing one home. For starters, Beagles are pack animals and do well with other dogs. They also appreciate human companionship and do not enjoy spending long hours alone. A Beagle left alone for too long may become destructive, especially if he hasn't gotten enough exercise.
Beagles are inquisitive and strong-minded. They will follow their noses, which means they'll run off if they catch a whiff of something interesting. If you're looking for a guard dog, a Beagle may not be the best choice, since they tend to be friendly, even to strangers.
Also, remember that Beagles are very vocal dogs. The most common reason they're turned over to shelters is because of excessive baying, so they may not make the best apartment dogs. If you want to hear a Beagle howling firsthand, check out the video below.
That being said, Beagles are loving, gentle, and intelligent dogs that find a lasting place in many people's hearts. If you'd like to add a Beagle to your family, I recommend you check out one of the many Beagle rescue organizations in the US, which have dogs of all ages available across the country.
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