Why Beagles Are the Worst Dogs? 5 Suprizing facts about beagles
Why Beagles Are the Worst Dogs? Don't get me wrong, they're adorable and lovable, but as an owner of two beagles for the past six years, I've learned the hard way that they can be infuriating creatures.

I know I’m going to get a lot of hate for this one, but someone has to say it – beagles are the worst dogs. Don’t get me wrong, they’re adorable and lovable, but as an owner of two beagles for the past six years, I’ve learned the hard way that they can be infuriating creatures.

Why Beagles Are the Worst Dogs

Between the constant howling, the stubbornness, and the food obsession, beagles seem specifically engineered to drive their owners slowly insane.

I’m here to give you the inside scoop on why beagles are the worst, based on years of experience dealing with these furry little monsters.

By the end, you may find yourself crossing beagles off your list of potential dog breeds for good.

You’ve been warned! If you still think you’re up for the challenge after reading this, more power to you – you’re going to see why beagles are the worst dogs 🙂

Beagles Are Stubborn and Difficult to Train

Beagles are adorable, but they can be stubborn and difficult to train. As an owner of two beagles, I know this firsthand.

Beagles were originally bred as hunting hounds, so they are driven by their sense of smell. Once they catch an interesting scent, their ears turn off and they ignore your commands.

Trying to call a beagle back when they’re on a scent is pointless. The only thing that will work is chasing them down, clipping on a leash, and physically removing them from the situation.

House training a beagle takes patience and consistency.

Beagles are easily distracted and tend to forget their training. Even after months of successful house training, my beagles will still have the occasional accident if I don’t stick to a regular feeding and bathroom break schedule.

Beagles bark and howl frequently. They were bred to be vocal while hunting to alert hunters, so beagles will bark, howl and bay loudly at any little noise. Training a beagle not to bark requires early and persistent training.

While adorable and playful, beagles can be stubborn and mischievous. They require patient, consistent and lifelong training. If you want an easy, obedient dog, a beagle probably isn’t the best choice. But if you want a friendly, fun-loving companion and are willing to put in the effort, a beagle can make a wonderful lifelong friend.

Why Beagles Are the Worst Dogs?
Beagles Have a Loud Bark and Love to Howl

As an owner of two beagles, I can tell you firsthand that their loud bark and tendency to howl can drive you crazy.

Beagles have a very distinctive howl that they love to belt out, especially when they want attention, are excited, or hear other dogs howling.

My beagles will start howling when they hear sirens in the distance or other dogs barking down the street. Once one starts howling, the other joins in and it becomes a howling duet. The howling can go on for several long minutes, much to the annoyance of my neighbors, I’m sure.

Beagles are also prone to barking at any little noise they hear outside or if there’s someone at the door.

Their bark is loud, sharp, and repetitive.

My beagles bark at the mailman, the UPS guy, squirrels in the yard, and sometimes for no reason at all. Once they get wound up barking, it’s hard to get them to stop. I’ve tried training them to stop barking on command with limited success.

Between the barking, howling, and baying, beagles can be very noisy dogs. If you live in an apartment or have close neighbors, a beagle may not be the best choice for you.

Their vocal tendencies are endearing to some, but irritating to others. I’ve learned to tune out some of the noise over the years, but there are still times I have to tell my beagles to pipe down before they wake the whole neighborhood!

If you’re looking for a quiet, less vocal dog, you may want to consider a breed other than a beagle.

But if you don’t mind the occasional howl at a siren or bark at the mailman, beagles can make lovable and amusing companions. You just have to be prepared for the noise!

Beagles Are Notorious Escapists and Roamers

Beagles are notorious for escaping and wandering off. As an owner of two beagles, I’ve had my fair share of experiences chasing after them when they catch a scent and bolt.

Beagles Follow Their Noses

Beagles were originally bred as hunting hounds, so their sense of smell is highly developed. If they pick up an interesting scent, they will follow it with single-minded determination, ignoring calls to come back. My beagles have run off chasing smells of food, small animals, and other dogs. Once they are focused on a scent, they become completely oblivious to everything else.

Fences Are Not Enough

You need to take extra precautions to prevent your beagle from escaping, as traditional fences may not deter them. My beagles have dug under, climbed over, and squeezed through holes in fences to get loose. Electronic fences also do not work well for beagles, as the shock is not sufficient to overcome their drive to chase a scent. The only solution is to use a tall, sturdy fence that extends several inches into the ground, as well as closely supervise them when outside.

Make Coming When Called A Priority

The key to avoiding lost beagles is teaching them from an early age to come when called, no matter what.

Provide treats, praise, and play to make coming when called the most rewarding behavior.

Practice this training in environments with minimal distractions at first, then gradually make it more challenging. Be consistent and patient through the process. My beagles are not perfect, but their recall has improved dramatically with consistent training.

In summary, be prepared for beagles to follow their noses and escape from time to time.

Take appropriate precautions to prevent wandering and make coming when called an utmost priority in their training. With patience and consistency, you can minimize lost beagle adventures over the years. But no matter how well you prepare, always keep an eye on your beagle!

Beagles Shed Excessively and Require Frequent Grooming

Beagles shed a ton. I mean, like crazy. As an owner of two beagles, the amount of hair I deal with on a daily basis could make a whole new dog. Be prepared for hair tumbleweeds rolling across your floor and clinging to your clothes. You’ll be finding strands of beagle fur in the most random places for days after vacuuming.

Regular Brushing is a Must

To keep the shedding even slightly under control, beagles require frequent brushing, ideally two to three times a week. I brush my pups outside since their loose hair seems to multiply as it falls off. A good slicker brush, undercoat rake, and deshedding tool are essential. Even with regular brushing, you’ll still be vacuuming daily.

Seasonal Blowouts

Twice a year, beagles “blow out” their undercoat, losing clumps of old hair to make way for new growth. During these massive shedding episodes, brushing needs to be stepped up to daily to get the dead hair out before your beagle ingests too much of it. The blowouts usually happen in spring and fall, timed with temperature changes.

Bathing Helps

Bathing your beagle every 4 to 6 weeks can also help loosen up dead skin and hair to make brushing more effective.

I give my dogs a good brushing before bathing to remove as much loose hair as possible. Then, shampooing and conditioning helps moisturize their skin and further loosen the undercoat. Another brushing after the bath removes the hair and distributes oils to keep their coat healthy.

Be prepared for the reality that beagles shed heavily year-round. While frequent grooming, brushing, and bathing can help reduce loose hair in your home, you’ll never eliminate it completely.

If you can’t stand dog hair, a beagle may not be the best choice for you. But for those of us who love the breed, we learn to accept the tumbleweeds of hair as a small price to pay for the joy of beagle ownership.

Beagles Can Be Destructive Chewers When Bored

Beagles are adorable dogs, but they can be terrible chewers, especially when bored. As an owner of two beagles, I’ve had my fair share of chewed up belongings.

Their powerful sense of smell leads them to explore the world through their mouths.

  • My male beagle, Buddy, once chewed through a canvas tent in under 10 minutes when left unsupervised in the backyard. Their strong jaws and persistence make it easy for them to destroy things in no time.
  • Beagles will chew on anything from shoes, furniture, plants, trash, and more. I’ve lost more than a few pairs of shoes to my beagles over the years.
  • Their chewing isn’t due to aggression or anxiety, it’s simply due to boredom and curiosity. Beagles need constant stimulation, exercise and play, or they will find their own entertainment by chewing on whatever they can get their paws on.

To curb destructive chewing, beagles require a lot of exercise, play, and mental stimulation. Some tips to help include:

  1. Provide chew toys that satisfy their urge to chew. Hard rubber toys, bully sticks, and puzzle toys with treats inside can keep them occupied for hours.
  2. Give your beagle plenty of exercise. A tired dog is a good dog. Take your beagle for walks, jogs, hikes and play fetch to release pent up energy.
  3. Crate train your beagle when you’re not home to supervise. This will limit their access to things to chew on and avoid bad habits from forming.
  4. Puzzle toys that make them work for a reward are great for mental stimulation. Things like Kongs, treat dispensing balls, and interactive dog toys can keep their mind active for hours.
  5. Be consistent and patient through the training process. Redirect chewing to appropriate items and reward/praise your beagle when they chew on acceptable things.

While beagles can be destructive chewers, with the proper exercise, play, training and chew toys you can curb this behavior and save your belongings.

Consistency and patience are key to overcoming their innate urge to chew.


Well, there you have it – four compelling reasons why Beagles can make for terrible pets. I know this conclusion will be controversial and upset some serious Beagle fans out there.

Don’t get me wrong, Beagles can be cute and fun-loving. But for many owners, the constant howling, stubbornness, appetite, and health issues end up being deal-breakers.

If you’re looking for an easy, low-maintenance dog, I’d suggest going with another breed. But if you have the patience of a saint and don’t mind incessant barking, then maybe a Beagle is the perfect pet for you. For me, I think I’ll stick to dogs that don’t require earplugs.

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