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    Anyone recommending a part Beagle as a family pet is either mad or dishonest, most families just want a healthy pet and I don't think a Childs mag that does articles on dogs not totally suitable as just that, be they cross or not is responsible or promoting responsibility.

    It would be just as irresponsible to promote pure Beagles in a Childs mag.

    Articles on pets suitable for families I don't see harm in, although CL got it right there too, kids will nag for what catches their eye and parents do need to say no until a child is old enough, and be prepared to step in and keep the pet if it is still alive when the child leaves home.

    A suitable pet is a great thing for a child, and to rear a child without that child ever owning his or her own dog is a sad thing to do. That is if the child wants a pet of course, some don't.

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    My poor mum was not an animal person & I had the place full of pets by 12yrs & now my whole family is more animal savvy & friendly, lol.
    I even filled her bathroom with frogs when I was 3 & we where living near Taree just me & mum in a little flat. Well I collected over a dozen frogs & put them in the bath tub for safe keeping & forgot, so when mum went in to the loo in the middle of the night she got quite a shock, lol.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Minibulls mum View Post
    Articles on pets suitable for families I don't see harm in, although CL got it right there too, kids will nag for what catches their eye and parents do need to say no until a child is old enough, and be prepared to step in and keep the pet if it is still alive when the child leaves home.
    That's a very good point. I remember I nagged my parents for years about getting a kitten and they never got me one (because they hated cats), when I was 7 they got me a dog instead. Since then i've left home and they were stuck with the dogs (which they're fine with, my brother is much younger than me). The same thing has happened with all of my friends, especially since it's so hard to find a rental property on their income (not working full time) that will allow them to have pets. I don't think most parents think about that when they get a puppy for their kids.

    Most parents that get dumped with the family pet don't treat the dog as well as they did when the kids were at home either. When I moved here (to my bf's house) poor Suzie was in a bit of a sad state, she only got washed every month or two, had a bad flea problem and only ever ate kibble. I think that's because the kids had grown up and were busy with work (as was my bf's mum) and so nobody really had any time for poor old Suzie. She's gotten spoiled since I started working part time though :P

    Most of the family dogs seem to end up like this once the kids grow up and everyone is busy with their own lives

    At first I just thought that it was awful that this magazine was promoting designer breeds but now that I think about it, the whole idea of promoting pets to young kids is bad if the parents aren't really prepared for such a big commitment.

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    Have you ever watched "The Gruen Transfer" or "Mad Men".

    Marketing people have no ethics or they couldn't do what they do.

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    Quite right Hyacinth, Pity when slick marketing is used to sell animals not even suited to the homes they can land in, but not much to be done about it I guess.

    Some breeds of dogs really should only go to working homes some types of cats are more prey driven than others and really ought not to let loose but often are,and you see sites and articles encouraging owning these animals all too often.

    Our cat used to be kept indoors as a young cat but now she is let loose because she just does not catch anything, never ever has she caught a bird or even a lizard, she used to catch mice in the house but now even they are safe 8>)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Minibulls mum View Post
    Anyone recommending a part Beagle as a family pet is either mad or dishonest, most families just want a healthy pet and I don't think a Childs mag that does articles on dogs not totally suitable as just that, be they cross or not is responsible or promoting responsibility.

    It would be just as irresponsible to promote pure Beagles in a Childs mag.
    There is nothing wrong with beagles for the right family. In fact, they'd be an ideal breed for the right family, I know many breeders whose beagles are sold to families with children and the dogs and their families have many happy years together.

    Sure beags aren't for everyone, but then no breed is. My beagle is great with kids, and there are many beagle traits that make them suitable for families with children.

    That's not to say that the mag was right, I find it down right stupid and distasteful. But I'm not sure what problem it is you have with beagles as a breed

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    Quote Originally Posted by smeagle View Post
    There is nothing wrong with beagles for the right family. In fact, they'd be an ideal breed for the right family, I know many breeders whose beagles are sold to families with children and the dogs and their families have many happy years together.

    Sure beags aren't for everyone, but then no breed is. My beagle is great with kids, and there are many beagle traits that make them suitable for families with children.

    That's not to say that the mag was right, I find it down right stupid and distasteful. But I'm not sure what problem it is you have with beagles as a breed
    I didn't make the comment your refering to but I too find Beagles are more a working dog than family pet in most cases.
    They are VERY hard to keep home with at least 8 out of 10 Beagles
    Can be very domanite around food & possesions.
    Need alot more exercise than most families have time for.
    That said I've known of Beagles that have made great pets but I just would not think of the breed as an ideal family dog.

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    Quote Originally Posted by crazydog View Post
    I didn't make the comment your refering to but I too find Beagles are more a working dog than family pet in most cases.
    They are VERY hard to keep home with at least 8 out of 10 Beagles
    Can be very domanite around food & possesions.
    Need alot more exercise than most families have time for.
    That said I've known of Beagles that have made great pets but I just would not think of the breed as an ideal family dog.
    I agree they aren't for everyone, but the right beagle in the right home is a joy to own and can be a great dog for a family with kids. They aren't too big but aren't too small, if well bred they have a great friendly temperament and love everyone, don't require a lot of grooming etc. I know stacks of families with beagles who are very happy with their dogs and wouldn't own any other breed. To completely rule them out as a family dog and say that anyone who recommends one to a family is "mad, dishonest and irresponsible" is ridiculous.

    I've never had any problems with resource guarding at all, and my beagle is one of the most challenging beagles I've ever met. Sure not all families will suit beagles, but many beagle owners are actually families who love their dog and love the breed.

    8 out of 10 homes that own beagles don't keep their dogs? And where did you get that statistic from?

    ETA: I'd love to know what your experience with the breed is seeing as you seem to know so much about them
    Last edited by Bec; 01-07-2011 at 12:00 PM.

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    My sister had no problems with her beagle x that she got from the RSPCA with either the dog or the kids who grew up with her.

    Any posts made under the name of Di_dee1 one can be used by anyone as I do not give a rats.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Di_dee1 View Post
    My sister had no problems with her beagle x that she got from the RSPCA with either the dog or the kids who grew up with her.
    Must be the fact it's crossed with something else - anyone who'd own a beagle is obviously irresponsible and mad

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