Not all dogs have the same personality and temperament. Some can be very loving and friendly, while others can be more aloof and have aggressive tendencies.
Beagles are known to make excellent pets due to the love and loyalty they provide to their loved ones.
Beagles are dogs that form powerful bonds with their owners and will always want to spend time with them. It is important to note that these animals were bred from the start to be hunting dogs, and it is normal for them to display their hunting instincts occasionally.
This behavior leads many people to believe that this breed is difficult to handle and can become aggressive.
Is My Beagle Dog Aggressive?
Beagles are not naturally aggressive dogs, but many people think they are because of the hunting instincts they have developed over the years. These canines can show some signs of aggression under certain circumstances.
For example, situations that make a Beagle feel anxious, hurt, worried, or afraid will make it show its aggressive side.
It is not normal to see an aggressive Beagle, but if your dog is presenting this behavior, it is essential to educate it properly and provide it with the necessary socialization training. You should also show your Beagle some discipline.
How to do this? It is easy! You simply have to show your pet who is the boss (in this case, it’s you). This way, your Beagle will be more likely to listen to your commands.
What Makes Beagles Aggressive?
In general, canines tend to react aggressively toward humans and other animals, depending on the arisen situation.
Beagles can show signs of aggression in certain circumstances, whether they are anxious, afraid, or wanting to impose their dominance. Some common reasons are:
Aggression Towards Humans
One of the main concerns that all dog owners fear is their pets’ aggression towards humans, including their loved ones.
It may be the case that your pet thinks that it is the Alpha of the whole place.
Beagles can be aggressive towards humans (often within the family) when they believe they are the pack’s Alpha dog or of their home.
You have to know that these dogs were bred to hunt in packs. In other words, they have a pack dog mentality. In this way, the Alpha Beagles of the pack always try to reaffirm their leadership towards the other members.
Despite popular belief, dogs do not automatically assume that their owner is the Alpha but consider it part of the pack. Depending on how you act and treat your puppy for the first few days at home, they will decide who should be the dominant one.
The simplest solution if your Beagle becomes aggressive against other family members is to be firm and make it known that you are the leader.
Aggression When It Is Eating
Dogs generally love to eat and are often very protective when it comes to their food. That is even more intense in Beagles as these canines are known to be food eaters.
If you try to take your Beagle’s food plate away while eating or try to grab its treat, it may respond with aggression.
Dogs, especially Beagles, often display a particular type of behavior called “Resource guarding,” which perfectly describes their desire for food. It is when dogs show aggression (biting, growling, barking, etc.) to drive others away from their “resource.”
This situation applies not only to food but also to toys or the territory that belongs to them.
Aggression If Your Beagle Is Playing with Noisy Children
Although a Beagle is affectionate with children and loves to play with them all the time, it is also true that it can show signs of aggression towards them if they mistreat it. Young children can sometimes pull a Beagle by its tail or ears, and it may back off in self-defense.
The best way to prevent such a problem from occurring is by educating children. They need to learn to respect the Beagle and any other dog.
Aggression Towards Animals
Beagles generally get along with dogs, and in most cases, they will also treat cats like members of their family. However, it is important that you know why a dog of this breed can become aggressive with other pets:
When Marking Territory
Beagles will be aggressive towards other animals when they think they are invading their territory. That is why some Beagles will be friendly outdoors but extremely aggressive indoors (at home).
When Hunting Prey
Beagles have been bred as tracking and hunting dogs and have the instinct to chase and catch prey. Therefore, if you observe that your Beagle is constantly chasing cats, squirrels, and other small animals, it is due to its natural hunting instincts.