Dog Breed of the Month - Beagle
One of the most difficult elements on choosing the right dog for you, is choosing a breed. It is a common misconception that small dogs need less exercise for example. You need to think about what a breed was originally bred to do. If it was bred to work all day or hunt all day then the chances are it's going to be a dog that needs a lot of exercise, irrespective of size! There are exceptions to the rule but I thought it might be helpful to showcase a breed each month for people still trying to make a decision on which breed is right for them.
Well it had to be really, otherwise my beagle, Ellie, wouldn't talk to me again!
Beagles are short haired, scent hounds, typically between 13-16 inches tall. Their life span is usually between 12-15 years. They make great family pets as they generally have an easy going temperament and are a very healthy breed.
Beagles were originally bred to hunt hare. They hunt by scent and have a superior sense of smell and a phenomenal tracking instinct. This means that they can be quite stubborn about coming back if they get on the scent of something exciting! However they are usually very food motivated so training with food can work very well for a Beagle, but be prepared to put in the time and effort with this.
Despite their small size, they need plenty of exercise to keep them from getting up to mischief. They are very bright dogs so need lots of mental and physical stimulation. If you have a busy lifestyle and enjoy lots of long walks every day then a beagle could be the dog for you.
Don't make the mistake of thinking that because they are a small breed of dog that they require less exercise. They have been bred for stamina and could really keep going all day. That's why Ellie loves my job, she gets to be out on walks all day which makes her a very happy, easy going Beagle.