|Barked: Sun Jan 1, '12 4:18pm PST |
|Maybe I just love beagles too much. I have 2 & both are indoor pets. The most my house ever smelled like dog was during the house-training process. Beagles shouldn't be bathed too often because it dries their skin out, even if using gentle shampoos.
Yes my beagles smell after they've run loose. They for some reason enjoy rubbing their necks on dead things, but they will get a bath after such incident.
Beagles are stubborn, but trainable. You have to put in a lot of work into training them, but it is worth it. They are sweet, beautiful, and have lots of energy. You should still make sure to socialize them. My older one does not deal well with the neighbors dogs, and has bitten my cousin's girlfriend's 3yr old, but the boy was annoying him. My younger one though is exactly what you would expect a beagle to be. Friendly with other dogs & cats, good with children. She was more difficult to housetrain than her brother.
There is some shedding, which could probably be controlled better with regular brushing. I merely deal with the hair. I'm sure there may be some hounds who smell badly and constantly. Honestly I'd never given it much thought and just sniffed one of mine. Coot had a bath about a week and a half ago, has not gone loose in the fields or woods since and has no obvious odor.
Mika&Kai: I wish your sister luck in the transition process. Beagles are great companions, but I have definitely known a few that had been abused and become man-shy. And trained to hunt or merely coming from hunting stock, they will still let you know when they're on scent.
Milton: I agree with what you said about their previous home. Coot was inside until weaned & was then in a small fenced area when I adopted him. Millie's pen was much smellier. I crate trained both & while Coot never messed in the crate, Millie had a harder time with it. I hadn't thought of that being the reason though, so thanks for that information.
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