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    Hi, I'm going to be a new pet owner within the next few weeks and I think I want a beagle and have a few questions.

    1: Are they "Lovey Dovey"? (I Want a dog that will always hang out/be with me and not be too independent)

    2: Are they hard to take care of? (IE: Food, Grooming, Exercise)

    3: How long do they live for and are they easy to train?

    I know a lot of this information can be found online but it would be nice to get some info from a person.

    Tom.

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    GO A COCKER!!!!! lol

    I am not an expert on beagles, so i will leave it up to others to answer this.

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    1: Are they "Lovey Dovey"? (I Want a dog that will always hang out/be with me and not be too independent)
    Not breed specific, this will depend on the individual dog. I have dogs of the same breed with completely different personalities, one likes to cuddle up every night, the other is more at ease sleeping on the floor.

    2: Are they hard to take care of? (IE: Food, Grooming, Exercise)
    They are a scent hound so walking can be a daunting task at first. When they catch a scent that interests them there's no stopping them, you can train them to ignore a scent but it takes time.
    Make sure your yard is very secure, as once again, if they escape and catch a scent they will not stop.
    There aren't any specific foods, being a medium sized breed they grow evenly so don't need any special diets unlike giant breeds.
    Grooming is a piece of cake, a rubber grooming mit rubbed over once a day is more than enough and bathing only when needed.

    3: How long do they live for and are they easy to train?
    12 years is the average for most medium breeds however it is only a ballpark figure, some live longer, some shorter.

    I know a lot of this information can be found online but it would be nice to get some info from a person.
    Where are you getting the pup from? Most reputable breeders would require you to know the basics of a breed before you purchase. I would be wary of someone just willing to give you a pup with no knowledge.

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    That bit of advice from C.L is a cracker !!
    I had a sniffer beagle sniff my bags at the airport and he then sat beside my bag, tail wagging and the handler asked if i had any food in my bags. "No way, no food in there".
    After a search she told me it was my infant sons powdered milk formula he picked up on.
    Very clever i thought, there was no hiding anything from that dogs nose.
    Ive recently purchased my first purebreed dog and dealing with a breeder was very interesting. I had spent a lot of time researching the breed before commiting to a Bullmastiff and but still had lots of questions to ask the breeder. The breeder however had just as many questions for me and i could tell she was sussing me out big time which i thought was very responsible of her. Our first conversation went for about 30 mins and the next about 45mins. We both came to a agreement and im sure she is as confident with me as i am with her. I feel we are of to a great start.
    While researching the breed i came across a lot of info about dodgy breeders, puppy farmers and backyard breeders. It was well worth the effort reading it. I can understand why you would want these answers from a forum though as it is nice and reassuring to hear it from someone with first hand experience. Good luck with finding a good breeder and a great pet beagle.

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    Thanks so far!

    I'm not quite sure where I'm getting him/her from, But my sister is very into dogs and she knows quite a lot, I'm sure she will find me a place to get my dog that is legitimate, I've been reading over some of the posts here and it seems there are a lot of shady dealers around, I'll do my best to find a good seller.

    Also, What should i learn and read about before i get him/her? Is there things i should know before i become the owner, Any tips welcome i will want the very best for him/her.

    Tom

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    Hi there- we have a 7 year old beagle.

    There are some beagle specific dog forums if you google (not sure if I am allowed to put the link here...)

    OK- my 2 cents worth...
    a beagle is a pack dog- most will want to be with you / company/another dog all the time. So be prepared to train it to have some time alone or it may have seperation anxiety. Will you be going to work? How long will the dog be alone each day?
    Our beagle is alone approx 4 hrs a day and he is very content.

    Beagles have a reputation for being "stubborn" and difficult to train. I have found this is bacause they are so focused on scent. They are scent hounds- and when they smell something they think is interesting they are much more interested in it than you.

    A tired beagle is a good beagle. They are breed for "the hunt" and have good stamina. Our 7 yr old is walked 4 to 8km EVERY DAY without fail- are you able to exercise a dog?

    Finally- I would encourage you to look at the beagle rescue site for whatever state you are in- there are many beagles needing homes and its worth a look before getting a puppy. We got our beagle via a shelter.

    Beagles can and will EAT ANYTHING with NO SELF CONTROL AT ALL- our beagle table and counter top surfs- steals food, chews through the childrens lunchboxes, eats lego, has eaten orthodontic plates etc- you give the idea.

    Like every dog training is dependent on consist approach and patience (we have given up on the table top surfing...).

    If you want a LOYAL dog then I am not sure a beagle is the correct one. A wking breed that wants to please people might be better. However if you want a companion, and you are happy to have the dog leashed whenever you are out, and it wont be locked in the backyard all day by itself a beagle could be good.
    They are VERY happy dogs- very good with people and children and other dogs- not usually agro. Hopeless guard dogs. If bored they can bay (bark) and dig- and you will need excellent fencing as they are prone to wander.
    Last edited by sweetboy; 08-24-2011 at 08:38 PM.

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    sorry- to add- please look at the beagle rescue site for your state. Its worth a loook before getting a puppy- we got ours via a shelter and we love him (and I think hes pretty happy with us!)
    Beagle Rescue, NSW - Home Page

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    1: Are they "Lovey Dovey"? (I Want a dog that will always hang out/be with me and not be too independent)

    They are very Lovey Dovey

    2: Are they hard to take care of? (IE: Food, Grooming, Exercise)

    I think they are quite easy to take care of.

    3: How long do they live for and are they easy to train?

    12-13years there abouts.. Not sure about the training!


    We owned a beagle Kobie and we bought him because beagles are Oh so Cute, what we didn't know its that they have some very bad traits.

    Howling
    Barking
    Digging
    Escaping
    Chewing

    They are nose dogs, meaning once there nose has taken over there is nothing you can do! So if they have smelt something in the wind, you will have them howling alllll night!! You need plenty of time to train them and keep training them to prevent them from getting bored!

    I would NEVER recommend them to someone that wasn't committed to training, there will just be another dog in the pound!!
    Rubylisious


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    i keep thinking cocker cocker cocker.... lol.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dan4nas View Post
    i keep thinking cocker cocker cocker.... lol.
    You Dirty women!
    Rubylisious


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