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Is the Beagle Right for us?

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Hi everyone, I understand that this is a forum for current beagle owners, and I hope to soon be one. I thought I could get some good advice from you on whether my fiance and I should get a beagle or not. We've been doing research and talking to breeders for 4-6 months now, but we're still not sure if our situation is right for us and the dog. We both think beagles are adorable and would love to have a fun, cuddly family pet, but we keep hearing horror stories that make us think twice. We know several people that have beagles, and they have mixed reviews. Here is a quick breakdown of where we're at:

We live in Boston. Our neighborhood is extremely dog friendly. We live next to several parks, and specifically a fenced in dog park that is usually quite crowded. We are both active young adults (late 20's/early 30's) that like to be outside and get exercise. I work full time during the day, but only about a 10 min drive from home. My fiance is in med school, so she has long but odd hours. Sometimes she leaves later in the morning, sometimes comes home early, but basically I assume that she is out of the house for most of the day, and sometimes until 8 pm or so. We do not have any children, but hope to in the next 5 years or so. We own our condo, and it is about 850 sq ft with a private, fenced in back patio that is probably 15-15 in size. The fence goes right to the ground (which is concrete around the edges) so there's no way a dog is digging under it.

We're thinking of getting a male tri-color puppy. I plan to come home at lunch everyday for at least month or two to let the dog out, and we're committed to going to puppy school, working with the dog at night, etc. I'm worried that leaving a puppy alone for 3-4 hours for the first 6 months will make it lonely and cause it to act out (ie bark a lot while we are gone, etc). We could potentially get a dog walker for the first few months to come let him out every 2-3 hours. Also, we've recently heard that beagles have a problem with seizures. A person we spoke to in our dog park mentioned their beagle has seizures every 3-4 months. Is that a common occurrence?

So, that's where we are at. We're trying to make the right decision for us and the dog. Any advice would be much appreciated!!! Thank you.
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hey fellow Northeasterner! I also have a male tri color who is just the handsomest thing!! You are certainly doing a great amount of research to make sure this breed is right for you - kudos for that. Our pup just turned a year and we've had him since August. Adopted through petfinder so we're not sure if he's all beagle - he sure looks it. But he doesn't bay/howl (which I'm not complaining about!). He is also not that vocal - we've webcammed him when left home crated while we're at work. I think it will vary from dog to dog. While I would love to have a companion for him, it's not possible right now. I just make sure he has some active time in the morning before we leave, a little break during the day.
a great walk at night and fun and games thrown in the mix.

I don't think the seizures are all that common. If you're talking to reputable breeders (i.e. those that have titled dogs) they should have health records of both of the parents; plus a reputable breeder would not breed a dog that does have a history of seizures.

It's great that you can come home during the day - but when they are puppies, they will need to be let out more frequently than once during the day. A general rule of thumb is that a puppy can hold it is equal to their age - i.e. 3 months = 3 hours. At night, it may be a little longer, but expect to be up 2 or 3 times a night in the beginning.

being close to a dog park is a great perk! Your dog will not have exercise but socializiation which is important to their developement - just make sure they are up to date on shots before that first visit.

I also suggest grabbing a copy of Before you get your puppy and After you get your puppy by Ian Dunbar. I have them in PDF format and if you're interested I can email you a copy.
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Thank you for rescuing and giving this beagle their forever home.

Hoping we'll see you at the Beagle Bash in September!!

Check out dogfoodanalysis.com to begin researching foods. You may want to find out what kind of food she is being fed now and do a slow transition if possible - easier on their tummies.

Toys - must have a kong (or two or three!)! We also have a kong ball. I'd probably skip anything plush, our guy rips them to shreds. I'd also recommend Nylabones (regal loves his galileo).

Treats - beagles eat anything!! Hee, hee - Charlee Bear's are great for training treats, we also give old mother hubbard biscuits.
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