there is an article on the web about how out of 80 or so breeds beagles are close to last in intelligence, but my experience has been different. yes they can be stubborn and difficult to train sometimes but i think that is only because their interests lie in other areas. we used to camp with a group of friends in the ocala national forest and there were pitbulls golden retrievers dobermans mutts schnauzers and of course beagles. the beagles didnt do the best tricks, they werent always the best behaved, but who do you think learned on hot days how to open the cooler and lie down in the ice? and not just one. two coolers, each with a beagle in it.and they figured it out on their own.