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In six words, the Beagle temperament can be described as amiable, excitable, gentle, intelligent, even tempered and determined. Many breeders as “merry” have described them. The Beagle temperament is neither aggressive nor timid. This does, however depend completely on the dog at hand.
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Are Beagles Good Family Dogs?
Beagles have for a long time been known to be a great, All-American family dog. They are a small dog breed and are really good with children of all ages, including little babies and teenagers.
The Beagle temperament is one of eagerness as they are very ready to please. This means that your Beagle will love spending time with you. Spend some time bonding with your Beagle when you first get him or her and you will see a life-long friendship prosper.
Beagle temperament can also be described as very loving, sweet and gentle. While they are good watchdogs, they are not good guard dogs because they are so friendly and sweet. They have the tendency to bark or howl when confronted with the unfamiliar. They will greet everyone at the door with a wagging tail. Beagles are very social. At the same time, they can be very brave. Beagles enjoy company but can be standoffish to the strangers. They can, however, be easily won over. This makes them a poor guard dog.
In a 1985 study conducted by Ben and Lynette Hart, the Beagle was given the highest excitability rating, along with the Yorkshire terrier, Cairn terrier, Miniature Schnauzer, West Highland white terrier and Fox Terrier.
Beagles do not have a regular dog bark. They have more of what might be called a strange cry. It sounds almost like a howl.
Beagles were bred to have a hunter instinct. They are members of the hound group of dogs. This is why they should not be trusted with other canines, especially the smaller ones, unless they have already been socialized and trust each other. They are generally good with other dogs, but again, after some socialization have been done, while in the company of their human friends. You can also buy some animal scents and play tracking games with the Beagle to satisfy that instinct to track.
Beagles have a mind of their own. As mentioned before, they are led by their nose and smelling instincts. They are determined dogs, and will go lengths to get what they want. They are also very watchful, and nothing escapes the corner of their eyes (including the keen human being who is trying to leave them home alone and go to work).
It is important, then, that as soon as the human beings bring the Beagle home, they establish themselves as the leader of the pack. Beagles need firm, gentle and consistent training to teach them who is the leader in the household. If this is not done, a Beagle will make itself the established pack leader. This can lead to a variety of problems, including but not limited to, snapping at people, barking at strangers, guarding owner obsessively, biting others to hurt them, and engaging in destructive behavior when left alone. These are not Beagle traits and in no shape or form represent the Beagle temperament. Instead, the lack of leadership that has been exhibited by the owner or the trainer of the Beagle brings about this behavior. This behavior can also be corrected, if and when, the dog’s instincts have been met.
When a person get’s a Beagle, they need to understand the Beagle temperament and learn how to properly train the Beagle. You need to be confident that you are the leader and the ruler in the household. Skittish behavior on your part or being scared of the Beagle will cue the Beagle to take over the role of the leader of the household.