What kind of personality do Beagles have?
Regarding temperament, I’ve already touched upon the fact that Beagles need a lot of attention, and they are also highly expressive. Separation anxiety is absolutely a thing for dogs, and beagles are no exception. Being apart from their owner all day, especially if they are not used to it, can be extremely distressing for your beagle, and you may see it act out. If you decide to bring a beagle into an apartment environment, you should not consider leaving it alone for a considerable amount of time.
Some dogs are fine to sleep all day if their owners are away. Still, beagles require attention, and a lack of it could lead to a misbehaving animal, which would be entirely reasonable considering the circumstances.
Beagles love to play, so keep this in mind. Any of your traditional dog toys will do the trick, but remember to consider space. If you and your dog are playing fetch in an area of 2m square, it’s not ideal. With their high energy, you could be playing a while, but it can also keep your beagle entertained during your absence. A chew toy can provide hours of fun and make potential separation anxiety easier, while a rawhide bone is not only great for teeth but also keeps your dog entertained. Be sure to clean up any loose bits when you get home, though, as they can be sharp and cause injury to both dog and owner!
Beagles are intelligent dogs, so if you are seriously thinking about introducing him or her to your apartment, you might want to consider training if you are getting a puppy or purchasing a trained dog. This can help with setting boundaries in your apartment space and makes things fairer for all parties. Of course, this isn’t to say you can’t purchase an older beagle, as contrary to the famous saying, they can learn new tricks. You may find it is more of an effort training an older dog, though.
Younger beagles (up until around two years old) can be extremely hyperactive. Is this something you can deal with in your apartment? It’s also worth pointing out that the beagle can be quite a smelly dog. Yes, they’re adorable and full of love and kisses, but they can also stink the apartment up. You may get used to it, and baths and frequent washing of course helps, but it’s certainly something to consider if you have lots of people to visit.