Beagles are described as friendly, curious and merry by the American Kennel Club, and are the sweethearts of many dog lovers and families across the world. This beautiful dog breed is particularly popular in the states as it commonly ranks relatively high in AKC popularity rankings.
The reason for the immense popularity of beagles is their loyal and affectionate nature and fun-loving personalities, they are considered great family dogs, are very welcoming to children and are super cute and friendly!
If you are thinking about choosing a Beagle as your first dog or you aren’t sure if the breed is right for you, below are five reasons why you should choose a Beagle as a first-time dog owner.
Beagles are relatively small
Most new dog owners find it hard to adjust their lifestyle around a large dog; they are not used to having a 50-pound furry animal roaming about in their homes all the time. Large dog breeds also require more extensive exercise and playtime to keep them happy. This can easily cause inexperienced dog owners to become tense about their new living situation and commitments to training and exercising bigger dog breeds. Beagles are small dogs that are very suitable for families with young children or elderly relatives.
This is why we advise dog lovers to start with small dog breeds, and beagles are perfect for that role. These adorable canines weigh less than 30 pounds and can only grow up to 15 inches in height. This makes them the perfect dog breed for any first-time owner.
Beagles are super friendly
Another common problem first-time owners have to tackle is socializing their four-legged best friends. Most of us want a snuggly friend that showers us with lots of cuddles and is good around other animals. Beagles are perfect for this as they are highly social, and therefore they tend to be amazing at making new friends. They are well-behaved around strangers as well as other pets such as dogs and even cats, and they are very friendly around children too.
Beagles are the least aggressive dogs money can buy, as long as they are raised, trained and treated correctly, there shouldn’t be any reason a Beagle will lash out at someone or another dog. So, they make good companions for social events and families with young children in the home. However, this doesn’t mean that you should fully trust your Beagle with your children, as with all dogs, you should always keep a close eye.
Beagles are very versatile
Are you worried whether your new Beagle will be able to adjust to your living environment? Well, you should stop worrying about that and get yourself a Beagle. Beagles are super friendly, cute and very affectionate dogs, they are well known for their adaptability and can easily adapt to different living environments, so it doesn’t really matter if you live in a big city or a small rural community. As long as you provide the love and attention that a Beagle requires, they are happy to call most places their home!
Beagles are low maintenance
Beagles tend to be highly fit and healthy. This is the reason why pet insurance for Beagles is always relatively cheap, as very few complications are reported with the breed, and generally speaking, they are very healthy dogs. This is, of course, assuming one regularly walks their Beagle, treats it well and feeds it a healthy meal every day. But in general, Beagles are healthy and very athletic, so the risk of complications is low – saving you time, money and hassle in the future. The average life expectancy of a Beagle is between 12 and 15 years.
Beagles also lack long coats, which might need expensive and regular appointments in a grooming centre. This will cost money, time and hassle to not only take your Beagle to the appointments but to clean hair from furniture and carpet around your home too. With a Beagle, you won’t have this problem!
All this means that first-time owners don’t have to worry about spending a tonne of money and a lot of time on making sure that their dog is healthy and well-groomed. Beagles are also relatively small compared to other dog breeds, so you won’t spend as much as you would do on larger dogs when it comes to food and treats. As long as you provide your Beagle with a healthy meal, regular exercise and lots of cuddles and kisses – they are happy!
Beagles are very intelligent
Beagles are famous for their intelligence and the unique ability to learn new tricks and other things at a swift pace. It is believed that beagles possess intelligence equal to that of a 2-year-old human child. Due to their sharp minds, beagles are always curious about things around them, and therefore you may often find your beagle in places where he is not supposed to be. They are very curious dogs and anything that may seem new to them, may grab their attention, so they are easily distracted.
However, as Beagles are very intelligent, they often bond well with children and other dogs, and are generally, considered a very sociable breed that gets along well with other dogs. If you have friends that have dogs, or other family members and you intend on bringing your dog along with you to social events, this could be another reason why you should consider a Beagle.
Beagles are easy to train
As Beagles are very intelligent, this makes the training process easier, as they are able to grapp and learn new training techniques quickly. They are able to react to human emotions and understand when they do things well, so if they are rewarded and trained frequently, this makes teaching them new tricks a seamless process.
So, if you’re a first-time owner looking for a friendly breed that’s highly intelligent, very affectionate, very adaptable and low maintenance, a Beagle could be the one for you.