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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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I applaud you for getting information before making your commitment.

I have owned and been around dogs my entire life. Beagles are no different than any other breed in that there are a lot of differences between individuals. What may hold true for my beagle may be the polar opposite of what you see in your dog.

Murphy is our first beagle, and after doing some research I decided on a beagle with the stipulation that we would attend obedience class with him. I've never felt the need to do that with any other dog, but it's been extremely beneficial for both Murphy and me. I'm not sure that I could have been consistent enough without the guidance of the instructor.

Housebreaking has been more of a challenge than I remember from puppies of the past. But-we also picked Murphy up just before Christmas and it was a cold, snowy winter. There were times when it was just too cold for an 8 week old puppy to spend time outside. This is the first time I've ever used piddle pads. I've also learned to pay close attention to his signal to go outside. Murphy is now housebroken but it took a lot of work.

Hint: What Odor? works great for those accidents.

I've also learned that Murphy can be headstrong-more so than any other dog I've had. Now that I understand it I can usually outsmart him and get him to do what I want, although I had to change the approach I use for training (again, the classes were invaluable). This forum has also been a great resource for information from people who have been there, done that.

Another thing you'll want to keep in mind. If you have kids in 5 years, about the time they are 5-8 years old you'll have to face the aging and death of your dog with them. In my opinion it's a valuable life lesson for kids, but some people may not agree. We just had to let 2 of our dogs go in the last 5 months and I still mourn their passing. It can be a heartbreaking decision to euthanize your companion of the last 14 years.

If I had to do it over again would I get another beagle? In a heartbeat. In fact, if things work out I'll do that very thing on Saturday. They are simply great dogs if you're willing to dedicate the time to them they deserve.

Just remember-we like pictures!

Good luck!
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Originally Posted By: Toby & LuckyOn the baying/barking...
We have had discussions here before as to hunting vs show lines on such tendencies. It does kinda seem like beagles that come from show lines are sometimes a little milder on the barking/baying.

Both my beagles bay and bark sometimes, but rarely to the point that it is a nuisance to anyone but me!!!
I've never heard Murphy howl and he rarely barks except when he's been home alone all day. He'll have a fit for about a minute when we get home-running around barking as if to say You left me all day! I'm so glad to see you but you LEFT ME ALL DAY!

He's only 7 months so that may change when he's older-I simply don't know at this point.
Good luck-you've done the right thing. Whatever pet you choose will be one lucky animal!
Congratulations! I can't wait to see pictures.
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