5 Reasons a Beagle Might Be the Right Dog Breed for You

Beagle dog breed walking
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Want a dog who's relatively small and tends to be easygoing and affectionate? The Beagle might be a good fit for you.
The Beagle is a popular pup, and it’s no wonder why. He’s got a typically easygoing nature, he’s relatively small and he’s fairly easy to groom. Learn more about this scent hound and see if he might be the right dog breed for you.

They’re known for their noses.

The Beagle has a certain ability to sniff things out and tends follow a scent trail wherever it may lead him. In fact, Beagles are used as scent-detection dogs at U.S. airports, where their friendliness allows them to search for weapons, drugs and illegal food items without making passengers nervous the way a larger police dog might.

They usually like to be part of the “pack.”

As a pack animal, the Beagle tends to get attached to his human family. He’s generally loving and can be a good choice for families with children, he and can even get along well with cats and other dogs.

They’re typically merry — and mischievous.

The Beagle tends to be happy, playful and outgoing, but he can be a little determined and stubborn when it comes to getting what he wants (usually food). Beagles generally like to do what they want to do, and it’s not always what you want them to do.

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They can be good watchdogs.

Thanks to his "musical" voice and tendency to bark when strangers are at the door, the Beagle can be a good watchdog.

They come in two sizes.

The smaller variety of Beagle stands no taller than 13 inches at the shoulder and tends to weigh between 22 and 30 pounds. The larger Beagle is taller than 13 inches but no more than 15 inches and generally weighs up to 35 pounds.  

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