Definately depends on the size, age & speed of the beag. Molly is small, fast, and can jump as well as scale her way up a rocky hike quite easily. My first beag was larger and he was fast but not so much of an escape artist or jumper. We have never had any issues with Molly jumping a fence or dog gate.
One beagle I had had no fear of heights. One time, while I was re-roofing my house, he climbed up the ladder to the roof to see what I was doing. A few years later, at a different house, he managed to climb through a second story window and sit on a window air conditioner to check out the veiw.
I haven't seen our new girls climb yet, but boy can they jump. I think they may be part rabbit. They can just leap over things in a single bound. Tucker on the other hand has no desire to jump or climb. He will get on the couch or beb, but that is it. We can keep him away from things with a simple 1 ft high fence. He just won't go over it. The girls, a mere inconvenience.
Mine love to climb steep rocks!
One of mine Learned to climb a tree in our backyard up to the fence line because birds made a nest about 4 ft up and she wanted them!
I believe their prey drive is high enough that if they want something they will get it! And usually they are agile enough to do anything.
I agree when something sets them off and they are focused on the prey drive, it's remarkable what I've seen a beagle can do.
Not only can mine climb and jump like there is no tomorrow, he can flatten his whole body like a skunk and pull himself through the smallest hole laying flat the whole time pulling his weight with his front paws.
this alone amazes me , this breed is like whodini haha
One of my boys can jump up and then go horizontal if there is food available on the counters. I don't know how he does it but he does. The other is a cat in a beagle suit. He climbs on everything and is as agile as a cat. They tell me that he had a cat in his house before he came to us, and he followed her wherever she went...thus minicing what she did....it's pretty funny to drive by the house, and see two beagles sitting in the window sunning themselves on the back of the couch!~
My beagle, Milo, can definitely jump from the vertical to the horizontal. I am sure he has springs buried in his back legs that launch him upwards and then shear willpower pushes him forward onto the workbench to grab whatever food his nose has led him to! Thankfully we manage to catch him before he gets into full launch mode, well mostly we manage to catch him.