Beagles are brave, intelligent, and social dogs that are good with children and known for their loving, tolerant, sweet, and gentle temperament. The breed does well indoors or as an apartment dog, so long as they are properly exercised and taken for long walks daily. As Beagles were traditionally bred for hunting purposes, they need to be socialized from an early age, especially if their household includes non-canine pets. Also, Beagle owners are advised to keep their pets on a leash during walks to prevent them from running off and trailing scents or chasing game. Beagles can be stubborn, but respond well to positive reinforcement.
Common Health Conditions
- Cherry eye in dogs occurs when the connective tissue that holds the gland in place is weak, faulty or otherwise damaged.
- Because Beagles have long, floppy ears, air can get trapped inside the ear. When the air, debris, moisture, or even a parasite gets trapped and cannot escape, this results in an ear infection.
- Beagles can definitely be affected by cancer. Common types of cancer that affect Beagles include bone cancer, lymphoma, and bladder cancer.