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7 Crazy Things That Are Perfectly Normal for Beagles

Written by: Ejay Camposano
A college graduate with a degree in Electrical Engineering, Ejay has a diverse background that combines technical expertise with a passion for pets and is now one of the content writers at IHD. Read more
| Published on May 10, 2024

Beagles are the comedians of the canine world, always ready with a wagging tail and a nose for trouble. With their adorable faces and pleading, soulful eyes, they can coax you into forgiving almost any mischief they conjure up. A day in the life of a Beagle owner includes a blend of relentless sniffing, unexpected sprinting, and an unwavering commitment to food. These small hounds have a nose that can out-sniff most dogs and stomachs that seem to be an endless pit. But it’s their quirky habits and innocent demeanor that endear them to us forever. Here are seven crazy, yet perfectly normal things about Beagles that will have you laughing and nodding in agreement if you’ve ever had the pleasure of their joyful, if somewhat naughty, companionship.

1. The Beagle Bugle Call

The most iconic sound that a Beagle makes isn’t a bark, it’s a howl, or as Beagle enthusiasts like to call it, the “Beagle Bugle.” This melodious howl can be triggered by the most random events – from the sound of a siren to the loneliness of not seeing you for exactly five minutes. When a Beagle sets off, it’s not just a sound; it’s an area that they perform with full lung capacity. It’s their way of saying, “I’m here, and I’m feeling very vocal about it!” Neighbors don’t always appreciate this musical talent, but for Beagle lovers, it’s just another endearing quirk.

2. Masters of the Sniff-and-Run

A walk with a Beagle is less of a leisurely stroll and more of a sniff marathon. With over 220 million scent receptors (compared to a human’s measly 5 million), Beagles can turn a simple walk into a full-blown investigative journey. They zigzag with such enthusiasm that you might find yourself playing a game of Twister just to keep up. The ‘sniff-and-run’ technique is their specialty, often leading to sudden dashes when they pick up an interesting scent. Keeping up with a Beagle can feel like being in a live-action detective story, where every fallen leaf might hide a clue.

3. Food Obsession Goes Overboard

To say Beagles love food is an understatement; they are obsessed with it. Their entire day revolves around meals, and their internal clock is alarmingly accurate when dinnertime approaches. A Beagle can hear a cheese wrapper from three rooms away and can find crumbs that you didn’t even know existed. Their appetite is insatiable, and they often perform Oscar-worthy performances for just a tiny morsel of your snack. It’s not gluttony; it’s a way of life, and every food encounter is a serious business for a Beagle.

4. The Great Escape Artists

Beagles have a Houdini-like talent for escaping from seemingly secure spaces. If there’s a way out, they will find it. This could mean digging under the fence, squeezing through small gaps, or employing the puppy eyes technique until you just let them out. Their escapades are often driven by their noses; a scent can easily lure them into next week’s adventures. As a Beagle owner, securing the perimeter is a must, and even then, these clever hounds might surprise you with their creative escape routes.

5. Selective Hearing Syndrome

Beagles possess an uncanny ability to tune out commands when it suits them, particularly if they are on a scent trail or if it interferes with their food time. You might find yourself wondering if your Beagle needs a hearing test, but rest assured, their hearing is fine; their priorities just differ from yours. This selective hearing is particularly evident when they are called to come inside—suddenly, their voice becomes part of the background noise.

6. Sleep? More Like Hibernation!

When they are not sniffing, eating, or planning their next escape, Beagles love to sleep. And they don’t just sleep—they conk out. They have the incredible ability to sleep through anything, from thunderstorms to their own bugle calls. Finding them in bizarre, often uncomfortable-looking sleeping positions is a common sight. They make lounging an art form, often snoring loudly enough to be mistaken for a small bear.

7. The Perpetual Puppies

No matter their age, Beagles have a puppy-like demeanor that they carry well into their senior years. They approach life with a joyful, carefree attitude that is infectious. This eternal puppy behavior means they are forever curious, playful, and ready to turn any boring moment into a game. It’s a trait that endears them to everyone they meet and makes owning a Beagle a never-ending source of joy and laughter.

In summary, Beagles may be a handful, but they are a delightful handful. Their antics, whether it’s giving a solo concert or turning a routine walk into a treasure hunt, bring laughter and lightness into their owners’ lives. Living with a Beagle means embracing the unexpected, enjoying the simple joys of life, and, of course, securing all snacks in Beagle-proof containers. Their quirky habits are not just quirks; they are what make a Beagle, a Beagle.