|Barked: Sat Dec 31, '11 9:43pm PST |
|To the total novice?
I'd tell them that:
Pros - Beagles are very easy to socialize, generally make great family dogs, absolutely adore their people and are loyally loving to you to no end. You put the effort and time into them and they will return it in loyalty and love. They're also very, very forgiving - if you mess up, they'll typically forgive and forget as soon as you're loving them again, making them typically very patient and tolerant of people.
Cons? - If they aren't trained properly, or they're left to get bored, they can and will get destructive or noisy - they need consistency AND exercise! They're stubborn, which makes them very difficult for some people to train, and they can be set in their ways once they develop a personality or preference.
That said, unless the owner had some experience with dogs, as great and forgiving as the Beagle can be, I would not outright recommend them to a novice - I'd just go out of my way to help them understand the breed better.
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