The Beagle has an even temper and gentle disposition. Described in several breed standards as "merry", they
are amiable and generally neither aggressive nor timid. They enjoy company, and although they may initially be
standoffish with strangers, they are easily won over. They make poor guard dogs for this reason, although their
tendency to bark or howl when confronted with the unfamiliar makes them good watch dogs. In a 1985 study
conducted by Ben and Lynette Hart, the Beagle was given the highest excitability rating, along with the
Yorkshire Terrier, Cairn Terrier, Miniature Schnauzer, West Highland White Terrier and Fox Terrier.

Beagles are intelligent, but as a result of being bred for the long chase are single-minded and determined,
which can make them hard to train. They are generally obedient but can be difficult to recall once they have
picked up a scent and are easily distracted by smells around them. They do not generally feature in obedience
trials; while they are alert, respond well to food-reward training, and are eager to please, they are easily bored
or distracted. They are ranked 72nd in Stanley Coren's The Intelligence of Dogs, as Coren places them among
the group with the lowest degree of working/obedience intelligence. Coren's scale, however, does not assess
understanding, independence or creativity.

Beagles are excellent with children and this is one of the reasons they have become popular family pets, but
they are pack animals, and can be prone to separation anxiety. Not all Beagles will howl, but most will bark when
confronted with strange situations, and some will bay (also referred to as "speaking", "giving tongue", or
"opening") when they catch the scent of potential quarry. They also generally get along well with other dogs.
They are not demanding with regard to exercise; their inbred stamina means they do not easily tire when
exercised, but they also do not need to be worked to exhaustion before they will rest, though regular exercise
helps ward off the weight gain to which the breed is prone.
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