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    Quote Originally Posted by smeagle View Post
    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 did say I have seen some Beagles that where great pets. I did not completly rule them out or say any of those statements that was another poster.
    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?
    I said 8 out of 10 can not keep them home meaning they are great escape artists.

    ETA: I'd love to know what your experience with the breed is seeing as you seem to know so much about them
    I was the Kennel manager of a team of hounds(many being Beagles) for 3 seasons. I did rescue in western sydney for 15yrs & re educated at least 20 Beagles & the number 1 problem was escaping, howling, resource guarding & excavating backyards.
    I think alot of working breeds are happier as work dogs unless their owners are mindful of their exercise & mental needs & I'm sorry many say they are but are not. That said give the dog a job get into agility or something & then I find they make some of the best pets. But so many poeple think a walk around the same boring old streets each day is enough.

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    I agree some people don't realise that beagles need a lot of exercise and mental stimulation, which is why I always tell people the downside to the breed before I would suggest it to anyone.

    A good breeder will also be upfront with puppy buyers, re beagles need good fencing, exercise, training etc. But then again, there aren't many breeds that would be happy living in a home where all the exercise and mental stimulation they got was a walk around the same old boring street each day.

    I am the first to talk people out of owning a beagle, but some of the posts in this thread about the breed are plain ridiculous. For the right family, they are a great breed. My beagle gets more training and mental stimulation than most (she needs it - I am yet to meet a higher drive beagle) because we do obedience and agility but most of the beagles I meet that live with families lack the drive I would want for a dog sports dog. The breed has many positive qualities, if like any dog, they are raised well in the right home.


    ETA: My beagle has never escaped from our house, but that is because we knew that they needed secure fencing so always made that a priority.
    Last edited by Bec; 01-07-2011 at 12:37 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by smeagle View Post
    I agree some people don't realise that beagles need a lot of exercise and mental stimulation, which is why I always tell people the downside to the breed before I would suggest it to anyone.

    A good breeder will also be upfront with puppy buyers, re beagles need good fencing, exercise, training etc. But then again, there aren't many breeds that would be happy living in a home where all the exercise and mental stimulation they got was a walk around the same old boring street each day.
    I agree that no breed likes to be in the above situation but many do handle it better than Beagles(& alot of working breeds) thats all.
    I am the first to talk people out of owning a beagle, but some of the posts in this thread about the breed are plain ridiculous. For the right family, they are a great breed. My beagle gets more training and mental stimulation than most (she needs it - I am yet to meet a higher drive beagle) because we do obedience and agility but most of the beagles I meet that live with families lack the drive I would want for a dog sports dog. The breed has many positive qualities, if like any dog, they are raised well in the right home.

    Thats good & the responsable thing to do but many more do not tell the whole story when advertising their breed.
    ETA: My beagle has never escaped from our house, but that is because we knew that they needed secure fencing so always made that a priority.
    Some people you can tell till your blue in the face & they still don't get it. Also some think a high fence is enough but once they have escaped & have a taste for it you really need concrete or wire under it to stop them digging out.
    Everyone has their own opinions on certain breeds & really thank god they do or all dogs would look & act the same & that would be very boring.

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