Despite the negative feedback I got from people when I brought Maggie home, I have enjoyed her immensely. She is smart, engaging, funny and very naughty. During obedience, I hear people with other breeds of dogs talking about the same issues I have had with Maggie like the digging, stubborn tendencies,etc. My friend is looking for a puppy for her kids and has been reading books and websites. She asked me why beagles are always rated as more difficult to work with.Since Maggie is my first pup, I couldn't answer her. I know that a few of you also have other breeds and thought you might be able to help. I told my friend that if getting another dog was an option for me, I would definitely choose a beagle! She is such a clown and even when she is being "naughty", like stealing my book when I went to the kitchen for coffee, there is such intelligence and a look in her eyes like she is laughing at me, I wouldn't trade that for an "easier" dog.