Do crossbred or mixed breed Beagles make good pets? Like Puggles (Pug/Beagle cross)?
Beagles Shouldn't be Hunting Dogs, they should be "House Dogs": A hunting dog is a hunting dog is a hunting dog. I often tell people who are adopting a Beagle from our rescue that these dogs are bred to hunt. This is the unarguable truth. While some of our rescue dogs, either through lack of training or simply through poor breeding, are not good hunting dogs, that doesn't stop their desire to follow a scent. For whatever reason these Beagles have been abandon it doesn't make them any less a Beagle. They will follow a scent anywhere their noses lead them and why not? I always recommend that a family interested in a Beagle as a house pet consider the requirements of the breed. Ideally they will be secure in a well-fenced yard where they can follow those scents around to their hearts content. Without a secure yard they must be given plenty of opportunity to "nose around" while being kept on lead. So the bottom line is, a Beagle is a hunting breed (even if they do poorly) and will, I hope, always be a hunting hound.
Hunting Dogs Should Not Be House Pets: I was raised by two wonderful gentlemen who were steadfast believers in this philosophy. A hunting dog IS NOT a house pet. Unfortunately, neither my father, nor my grandfather is around to explain their opinions on this issue. I, therefore, went to someone whom I dearly cherish as a friend and who holds steadfastly to this same philosophy. According to him, living a luxurious life in a house with air conditioning and heat, plus the added distraction of family members interacting with the hound simply ruins the "master/dog relationship". The dog may or may not respond to the master when out in the field working. He/she no longer depends only on the master for approval (not to mention food and water). Beagles need to be physically fit to follow a trail for hours on end. Keeping them as housedogs "softens" them.
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Beagles | Temperament & Personality - PetWave
The beagle's small size, adorable looks, and friendly and loving personality make it a very popular family pet. But the decision to purchase or adopt a beagle (or any pet for that matter) should be made only with careful consideration and planning. Ask yourself the following questions:The Beagle is a small but toughly built hound with a resemblance to the English foxhound. It has a wide, somewhat rounded skull, a squared muzzle, wide nostrils, and long, broad, hanging ears. It also has a tail that it carries in a lively manner, as well as sturdy, circular feet. In the US, this breed is a popular family pet. Though a good hunting aid, it needs to be carried across rough terrain. Are you ready to care for a beagle for the rest of his or her life? Beagles live on average 12-15 years. Be sure you're ready to make a lifelong commitment to your pet.Beagle stubbornness should not rule the day; a puppy kindergarten and basic obedience class are in order for the new Beagle owner to learn how to train the puppy to be a well-mannered dog. Happy-go-lucky, gentle dogs still need manners, and Beagle owners need patience to deal with their pets' lack of enthusiasm for formal training. A good obedience instructor can help develop both.