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Are Beagles Good with Children?

Many people have the vision of Snoopy from the popular Peanuts comic strip. Some people have even dreamed of having a Beagle to call their own from a young age. While many of these dog lovers are now adults with families of their own, they often wonder if their dream dog, the Beagle, is going to be a perfect fit for their children. While there are many important factors to consider when choosing a specific dog breed to join your family and be around your children, you will first want to understand if the breed has a natural ability to get along with kids in the first place.

Active and Friendly

Beagles instinctively and naturally love being around children. They are energetic and enjoy playing plenty of games with children. Since Beagles have a high energy level they are capable of spending long periods of time joyfully keeping your active kids busy and entertained. A Beagle will usually become a child’s favorite play mate throughout his or her entire lifetime.

Rest Easy

Once your Beagle has bonded with your children, they are loyal, playful, gentle and enthusiastic when spending time with together. If you have a back yard, a Beagle will often encourage your children to play for a long period of time in the fresh air. While this is important for the well-being of the Beagle, the exercise your children will receive from the outdoor play sessions will benefit them as well. Regular playtime for a Beagle and your children often result in a relaxing nap side by side.

Other Pets

While Beagles can be a child’s best friend, they often do not do well with small pets in the household such as birds, rabbits and rodents. If you have these types of pets in your home you will want to keep them in a safe place and distance at all times from a Beagle. Most Beagles have a natural hunting ability that can cause them to be aggressive towards small pets. While this aggression is shown towards animals, it is not usually shown towards children since a Beagle is very loyal, kind, friendly and loving towards his or her family, including the children.

Exceptions to the Rule

Beagles are known to be excellent and caring playmates for children. Often times dog owners can feel comfortable allowing their dog and children to play together. There are times when this natural loving instinct towards children may seem non-existent. While it is rare, there are occasions that may arise especially if your Beagle has had a difficult past, lived on the streets or in a shelter or had a negative experience with a child. Meaning the child accidentally hurt or injured the specific dog.

Always do your homework when adopting a Beagle. Try to get as much information as possible when adopting this lovable breed. Involve your children in the process of choosing and adopting a Beagle to assure there is a caring and playful bond between dog and child from the beginning. If you feel that your dog is not behaving properly towards your children, quickly separate them and contact a professional for advice for solving the situation.

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Should you have a concern regarding the health of your Beagle(s), you should contact your veterinarian. All information on this site is presented solely for educational and informational purposes and should not, at any time, be considered a substitute for seeking or receiving veterinary care for your Beagle(s).