Beagles are indestructable, very family oriented and think of themselves as a part of the family. They are prone to scrounging for food ( off a table, out of the garbage.) and can never really go off lead as when they catch a scent (which they always do) they are gone. They* may* come back, but it won’t be when they are called, it will be for food. Food, food, food. They love kids, they love people. No one as ever been mauled by a beagle. They are dog alarms and will bay (read: blood curdling) at everything and nothing ( so visit someone with beagle to get the full effect.)
I highly recommend talking to rescues for the breeds you are interested in and asking them the pros and cons of each breed.
Example of my base knowledge: Labs.
Fantastic Family dog. (None better.)
**Can be fairly intelligent. **(It’s not a shepard, aussie or poodle, however.) Very trainable ( look at what is mostly guiding the blind and helping the handicapped.)
ALWAYS HAPPY. (Yay! I get dog food to eat today! OH BOY!!!111!!!)
Loves water. (and mud)
Will catch a ball all day. (Your rotator cuff will wear out long before they do.)
Very social. (Loves everyone.)
Because it is so popular, inbreeding is rampant and spectacularly stupid dogs are out there. (My best friend has two purebred Labs that are dumber than a sack of hammers, and she shelled out $1200 for the two of them! Her rescue dog (border collie cross) is a PhD candidate compared to Dumb and Dumberer.)
**They are clumsy **( their tail can clear a coffee table full of coffee cups in a wag.)
They love food. ( However, all the labs I know have 'junk’stomachs. Meaning they can eat anything and never get sick. YMMV.)
They blow their coat twice a year.
[strike]Many[/strike] Most have oral fixations and will carry a lovey or bring you something (stick/ball/underpants) every time they can. This is in their DNA. Get use to slobbery items.
Any Bad Guy who knows his dog breeds intent on robbing your place or mugging you will know that you have picked the worst breed for territorial and personal defence. ( If your house were being attacked by tennis balls from outerspace, on the other hand, you and your house would be safe.)
Hip Dysplasia is a big problem with this and large breeds.
A book that I love to read: The Good, the Bad and The Furry. It isn’t gospel, but it gives you a great overall view of the popular breeds out there.
( If I didnt’ fear the stink eye or dealing with potential issues of freakish strength, I’d get a Staffordshire terrier in a heart beat. Healthy, great family dogs, no grooming issues, devoted. Medium sized. )
The caveat of big dogs is Vet bills and if you have to kennel them. (Food too. They can shovel alot of kibble into their pie hole and what goes in, must come out. How much to you like poo?)
Our dog ( a lab/mastiff mix of the most awesome kind. Looked purebreed lab, heaviest and stockier like a mastiff.) Weighed between 85-100 pounds. Every visit to the vet was a minimum of $100 USD. Kenneling her cost us a fortune until our neighbors moved in and are dog people. ( We take care of theirs and they took care of her. Ideal.)
Also, very important no matter what breed or size you get is looking into vet bill insurance. Some types are not as healthy as others. If they only thing that is keeping you from putting little Fido down when he sprains his paw is money ( say $500, doable, for most.) insurance may help you. What if Fido gets bloat? or cancer and the price goes to $2000 to start out for treatment.
It is mandatory to attend obedience training and then continue with this for the rest of the dogs life. Dogs, like humans, will slide to the path of slovenly behavior if given an inch. A trained dog is a happy dog. A happy dog is a tired dog. ( walks and face time, very important.)
Dogs are an awesome way to learn and meet new people.
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