The beagle is one of the most popular hounds among families due to their compact size, simple grooming, and easy going nature with children. They were originally bred to hunt small game, mainly rabbits, so they are very good at picking up scents and are guided wherever their nose takes them. If you leave them outside unmonitored, they will let their wanderlust take over and climb or dig to get to whatever it is that they smell. They are very active, curious, and love the outdoors. Good-natured and peaceful dogs, they are friendly with almost everyone they meet.
Lifestyle and Living Environment
Beagles need much more exercise that most people give them, especially as a puppy. They are active and require long and frequent walks as well as a fenced yard where they can run around off the leash. A fence is necessary as they will often go off exploring, following their noses to wherever it may take them. They also have selective hearing which means they will at times tune you out completely and seldom come when you call them. When training your beagle, don't base all rewards on food, they will easily become overweight quickly.
Common Health Issues
Obesity, Epilepsy, Allergies, Cherry Eye, Hypothyroidism.