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Hound Dog

Beagle Hound Dog

Beagle hound dog
A Beagle is sometimes referred to as a Beagle Hound Dog. This is because all purebred canines are classified into a particular group. 

The hound dog group consists of breeds that all share the same trait as having been used as hunting companions…

They would track and/or make chase. Some of the dogs in this group have or had extraordinary speed. Others were famous for their ability to track scents, across seemingly impossible odds such as across rivers and winding woods.

The Beagle hound is one of these dogs, able to smell other animals from a long distance and to follow their trail for miles.
Many are associated with this by their ancestor’s deeds and are now more similar to companion lap dogs. However, some things never change and because hunting was so inbred into most of these dogs, breeds such as the Beagle hound dog will almost always have this instinct even when they are quiet household companion pets.

This group includes breeds with the word hound in their name such as the Basset Hound and the Bluetick Coonhound, but also the Basenji and the Whippet. 

They all share the same impulses. For this reason, many do not do well with very small pets in the home, for example hampsters or bunny rabbits. 
Many, but not all, also share another trait. It is known as baying…a type of bark…It is a loud signal that they will let out that can wake a neighborhood.

Most dogs that bay have that instinct for when they were to signal when they caught up with prey. They also do this to call out to any other dogs in the vicinity as they have a desire to gather them together and run in a pack as their ancestors did. While baying may not prompt the other dogs in your town to gather at your house, your Beagle will still bay every now and then.

What does this mean for the owner of a Beagle hound dog? This does NOT mean that you need to take your pet into the woods or field to hunt small prey to satisfy their needs. However, it should be noted that a Beagle hound dog just loves the thrill of the chase and will gladly accompany you to the field to chase down small animals…
Beagle out in the woods
When a Beagle runs after a smaller animal outside, such as a squirrel, it provides excellent cardio exercise, if nothing else. It DOES mean that your pet will quite possibly have an instinct to chase after small animals even those that are in the home or belong to your next door neighbors. Owners who are shocked to see a mouse in their house are soon calmed down when their dog quickly catches the surprised prey. Those who have smaller pets such as hamsters, guinea pigs, bunnies, chinchillas or ferrets should take great care to keep them out of the way of this dog.

They often see any animal that is the same size as they are, or smaller, as prey and the chasing instinct kicks in. If smaller pets are kept out of reach, this can drive a Beagle quite the drive to catch the prey will be there, so close yet out of reach.
Another element to keep in mind is that when outside it is important to keep your Beagle on leash if he or she is not safe inside an enclosed environment such as a securely fenced in yard. 

This is because their sense of smell is so strong, hearing so keen, that they often will hear and sense any small animal that is within a mile and go off running. It is not easy to catch a Beagle that is off and running after a scent.
It is important to teach the "Come" command...some do very well with it...and others will only listen if they are close enough to you for your command to have an impact. Teaching this command during the puppy years is one of the important keys to having a well behaved (and under control) adult dog.
One may wonder if such a dog would make a good family pet and for the Beagle the answer is yes. They are known to be excellent with children…Able to put up with tons of petting and play and are loyal and protective of all of their human family members.
Beagle hound dog down at river
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