Can Beagles Live Outside? (Are Beagles Outside Dogs?)

Photo of a Beagle running in the snow. Can Beagles Live Outside?

Hello there! I’ve been training and working with Beagles for the better part of my life, and I’ve got a thing or two to share about whether these lively hounds should live outside.

Beagles, as many of you might know, have a strong hunting lineage. However, over time, they’ve evolved into social beings that thrive on human interaction. The debate on whether Beagles should live outside has been a long-standing one. Let me offer some firsthand insights.

Can Beagles Truly Thrive Outdoors?

While it’s true that Beagles have a hardy nature, they’re much more than just their hunting instincts. They’re social butterflies! Beagles love human companionship and, honestly, thrive best when they’re a part of the family inside the home. When kept outdoors exclusively, they might miss out on much-needed mental stimulation and physical activity.

Fun Fact: Beagles have a powerful sense of smell, second only to the Bloodhound. Hence, outdoor scents can keep them engaged, but it's no replacement for the warmth of a family.

That said, if your Beagle loves the outdoors, make sure they have a secure yard to play in and get regular walks. I remember a Beagle I trained named Charlie, who absolutely adored being outside. But, at the end of the day, he always wanted to curl up on his favorite couch.

Weather Matters

Your local weather plays a pivotal role in this decision. If you’re in an area prone to extreme cold or hot temperatures, or there’s a bug infestation, the outdoors might not be the best place for your furry friend.

Pro Tip: If you're letting your Beagle spend time outside in winter, ensure they have a warm, dry shelter. Cold temperatures can lead to health risks like hypothermia. Always monitor them and keep the pups and younger Beagles indoors during chilly months.

Outside Living: The Dos and Don’ts

If you do choose an outdoor lifestyle for your Beagle, ensure:

  • They have a sturdy shelter or dog house.
  • They’re protected from extreme weather.
  • There’s access to clean water and food.
  • Potential dangers like swimming pools are covered or fenced.
  • You keep an eye out for potential threats like snakes or predators.

The Trade-offs

Letting your Beagle live outside has its benefits, such as ample exercise and mental stimulation. However, there are cons too. They can be exposed to weather extremes and might lack the human interaction they adore. And as for hunting-trained Beagles, while many of them stay in kennels, these are often specialized structures, built to offer comfort across seasons.

Beagles sleeping outside.

How Cold is Too Cold?

Beagles can generally manage in temperatures between 30 to 50 degrees Fahrenheit. But always remember to check on them regularly in colder climates.

My Conclusion

Drawing from my years of experience with these spirited hounds, I’d say Beagles are happiest when they’re indoors, surrounded by their human family. Their sociable nature makes them ideal indoor companions.

Sure, they can handle the cold and relish outdoor playtime, but they genuinely thrive when they feel like a part of your pack, inside the cozy confines of your home.

So, if you’re considering a Beagle, ensure you’ve got enough indoor space for them to roam, play,and snuggle!