About Beagles

About Beagles

It’s important to know about Beagles if you’re considering adding one to your family.  Here are some important things to know about this wonderful breed.

Adoptable dogs at North Bay Beagles will range in age from young adults to seniors.  They will come from high kill shelters throughout California, from other rescue organizations who may be at maximum capacity and from owners who surrender their dogs.  All dogs offered for adoption will be either spayed or neutered.

Beagles are medium sized dogs with a short-haired, dense coat that is relatively low-maintenance.  They do, however, shed and regular grooming is essential.  They live on average between 12 to 15 years so be ready to make a lifelong commitment to your pet.

Beagles are smart, good natured and happy dogs but they are inherently stubborn and can be mischievous or even destructive when it comes to food.  They respond well to consistent training, especially if a positive approach is used with food rewards.  They can become a well-behaved dog who can be an acceptable member of your family.

Beagles are scent hounds which means they are liable to chase after a scent and can take off at any time.  They were originally bred to be rabbit hunters, so they have a very well developed sense of smell.   Because of this, they must be on a leash or in a securely fenced area at all times.  If they are loose, they will run after whatever scent gets their interest putting them at great risk for harm.

Beagles are active dogs and need daily exercise to burn off their excess energy.  They are extremely social and enjoy interacting with other dogs.   A good daily walk or run in a safe fenced area will ensure that they will probably sleep when left alone at home.

Beagles can be very vocal.  They may bay loudly when they catch a scent while on a walk or in the backyard.  They often bay when playing with other dogs or when left alone.  This can potentially be a great source of annoyance for neighbors.

Even with some of the inherent issues of this breed discussed above, they are loving, trusting and have people pleasing personalities.  We at North Bay Beagles will strive to properly evaluate both the applicant and the dog of their choice to ensure that it will be a proper match so that both dog and family will have a lifetime of happiness together.

More About Beagles

Available at Amazon.com:

A New Owner’s Guide to Beagles by David & Hazel Arnold
The Beagle by Diane Morgan
The Beagle Handbook by Dan Rice DVM
Everything About Beagles by Lucinda Vriends-Parent

 

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