How Much Activity Does a Beagle Need?
While most tend to see the hound as a lazy dog, envisioning old-time Plantation movies with lazy loafers lounging on the porch, the Beagle is anything but lazy and inactive. In fact, quite the opposite is true – a very active and enthusiastic individual, he will tirelessly play fetch, tug of war, and ‘hound’ the cat until there is no tomorrow. If not kept busy enough, he will even turn to your shoes or the furniture as a source of amusement – and that’s never a good thing.
It’s very important to remember that this particular breed has been bred, for centuries, to hunt down their quarry and chase after them as long as the prey will run. Even when not hunting, they are a very active, very high exercise individual. At the very least, the Beagle needs several long brisk walks a day or a chance to run off steam within a fenced-in area. Never, however, let your Beagle off the leash unless he’s in an enclosure and supervised – Beagles are notorious for “catching a scent” and running off, often ignoring cars and other dangers.