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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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Hi there and welcome!

I can give you our puppy experience...Rocky is 11 weeks old and we have had him for 4 weeks now. It's been a blast! The first night was really tough...first night away from his siblings and mom, and he cried a lot and I do believe we were up every hour or two. The good news is that it didn't last long! He was first in the crate in our room, and the 3rd night we tried him down in the living room, his usual spot, and he had us up twice in the night. His last pee was around 11pm, he then had me up between 1:30-2:30, and then hubby heard him next sometime between 4 and 5. He did give us a bit of a hard time about going back in the crate after the middle of the night visits and hubby ended up spending the rest of the night on the sofa a few times. I would sit on the floor nearby until he fell asleep again. We left the radio on for him for the first week. Now, he typically goes out around 11 still and hubby is getting up closer to 5-5:30am, sometimes 6! Hubby brings him up after he's been out, I get a few enthusiastic face licks and the we sleep until my alarm goes off! Then I send him to wake the kids (mine are 10 and 11), by the time we come down it's 7-7:15 and he's then let out again.
Play time and exercise...very important! For chewing I got him a variety of toys...Kong, stuffed animal, Nylabone, sqeaky toy, toss and floss rope toy, and he loves papertowel tubes! This way, depending on what he's chewing on in the house, I can correct him and substitute for a similar texture...ie chewing on wood chair legs, he get's the Nylabone. It's working really well and he loves his stuffies and rope toy!
Training is going well, and everyone is doing well in using the same commands that I have started with him. If he starts getting into too many things, and I don't have the time to sit and play (like as we're getting ready to go in the morning) I tether him to my waist. Works like a charm! So far the only almost casualty has been the starp on a fairly new pair of my shoes...hubby and kids weren't paying attention to him! He's currently very interested in the recycling bins....
Oh, and housebreaking....for the most part he goes to the door and will sometimes paw to let us know. There's been a lot of piddle accidents on the carpet (I use Nature's Miracle) but it's just a cheapie so I don't really care, and if we aren't paying attention he will poop. They key is always being aware of where he's at. During the day my son comes home on his lunch break to let him out if no one else is around (the school is a 2 minute walk from here). Rocky is home in his crate for 4 hours in the morning, and the kids are home from school 2 hours after my son goes back at lunch time. I am home 15 mins after them.

Rocky is our first Beagle, and he is actually part of an oops litter of 4 from our very dear friend's dogs. We know his parents, so we have a pretty good idea of what his temperament could be like. So far, so good! Oh, I should mention that we have 2 year old kittens...endless amusement for the pup!

So that's my experience so far...hope it will help you some in your decision making!
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