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Hi!

I am thinking of adopting a beagle (grew up with a beagle mix) but I live in a condo. People walk up and down the stairs a lot. I didn't know how much a beagle would bark at people walking near the front door. (I had a pit who went crazy every time a person walked by).

Appreciate any advice.

Julie
 

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Well any dog would probably bark when there are passersby, but Beagles are known as great watch dogs. Notice I said watch dogs and not guard dogs. They are great at alerting when something is wrong or different, but would start wagging their tails and licking a person should they approach them. lol

I honestly believe that your chosen dog (no matter the breed) can be trained to be calm when people pass. Most definitely if it is the same people over and over again, but strangers may elicit a bark. Just look for advice on how to train them not to bark incessantly or when it is someone that belongs there.
 

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It's so hard to say, since every beagle is different. My first beagle Molly wasn't a barker at all, but Maggie is a whole different story. As Donna said, beagles are great watch dogs, and watch dogs do bark to alert. But they can be trained not to bark incessantly.
 

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We live in a condo with four (four!?!) beagles and for the most part they are quiet when people walk by - sometimes our extremely timid beagle Popcorn will decide that she is going to scare passers-by away by howling at them, but if we tell her to be quiet she usually does. And the others don't notice a thing...
 

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Maggie barks at things that are out of her ususal routine so if your beagle gets used to people walking by it might not bark. She also barks more at something she sees and not so much things she hears. Does your condo have pretty good sound proofing. We had a family living in a condo adopt a beagle from our rescue about a year ago. They had good soundproofing and when they weren't home they planned to keep her in an inside room, not one with a wall adjoining a neighbor just in case she barked. When I last spoke with them everything was going fine.
 

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It definately depends on the individual character of Beagles. They are prone to bark but I've had 3 that don't and only one that does.
 

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My little Molly tends to do more of a low growl at the front window of our townhome than a bark. I am trying to break her of that but she is still fairly new to us. My first beagle Benny was pretty quiet except for real things that needed to be barked at (like someone at the front door, coming down the driveway, etc.).

If the beagle is a fairly calm, mild-mannered beagle you may get a lot less barking/growling issues. Molly came from some sort of past abuse issue so she is always on alert and a bit frightened for herself and her new pack.
 

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Have you talked to the person you're adopting the dog from about his barking tendencies? I'd really drill them for as much information as possible about his behavior and any quarks he may have.

Also, if you adopt him and he doesn't work out for you and your residence will they take him back? We know a lady in Sac that rescues beagles and if they don't work out within a few months she'll always take them back and try to place them elsewhere.
 

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Tucker only barks when he sees people outside. We have very low windows in the living room that makes for great viewing. In our new house a priority is no windows in the room we hang out in that overlooks the street. He also barks when he wants something (food, treats, etc.). Otherwise he is a quite dog.
 
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