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I have a beagle, which I love except the fact they don't listen to their owners as much as their nose... I want to get another dog and am debating another beagle vs another breed. Here are some traits we do/don't want:

Not a heavy shedder
We like a dog about the size of our beagle, not huge or tiny
Good with children
Easier to train/more obedient than a beagle

If I do get another beagle I want to take her to obedience classes to see if that helps...

Any other dog that might fit this mold? I was thinking of a cocker or springer spaniel, but I worry about the seizure syndrome.

If you have a beagle, does it listen if you call it outside?

Thanks.
 

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I know what you mean about beagles barking or howling. There is one two houses down and I can tell when that dog is out. We don't complain though since we have a dog and so does the neighbor inbetween (St. Bernard) and a dog on the other side of the beagle. Now we had a Beagle mix for thirteen years and she wasn't a barker. Loved her. She was a sweet dog.

Whoops. You didn't say anything about barking. Wonder where I got that? Anyway, our beagle obeyed pretty good. I remember training her in the front on the sidewalk and making her stay while I walked far away. Even tested her and drove down the street (constantly watching her all the time) and she passed the test. I think it is like people - some obey and some don't.
 

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If you don't mind the barking, would you consider a Sheltie?

I have Beagles. Would they listen to me offleash outdoors? I don't know. I've never tried. I've put them on retractable leashes and let them explore the outdoors a good distance away from me, and they do return when I call them, but I've never actually taken them offleash anywhere. Not worth the potential outcome in my opinion. Bottom line is, if you're looking for a dog you can take out offleash, a Beagle probably isn't it.
 

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My rat terrier, Mabel, is 1/3 beagle (whippet for the eyes and speed, beagle for the nose and toy fox terrier for tenacious hunting).

She's NEVER off leash outside of our yard. She'd chase a rabbit into the next county. If you saw her indoors you'd think she's the best trained dog in the world. Outdoors is completely different; she pays no attention to anyone...just focused on the hunt.

I suspect beagles are the same way.
 

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Umm... I didn't mention poodles, and I don't really care for them too much. Corgis... too short, lol.
I think Dogstar was saying that about the poodles based on the other threads you had started asking about certain "hybrid" or mixed mutts.

A miniature poodle really would fit the bill for most of what you said you wanted in a different dog, but if you don't like them you don't like them.

As for the cockers or English springer spaniels, if you get them from a really good breeder your chances of getting a dog with a seizure disorder are pretty low. A good breeder will also have a health guarantee in case such a disorder does pop up.
 

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I second the poodle. Very smart and you can clip them fairly close all over (and closer on the face and feet) and they look like a lot of other dogs. I dislike the show clips. They are low shedders but the must be clipped once a month. They can learn anything.. just ask Poodleholic.. her dogs are AMAZING.

Poodles are my next most favorite breed after Shepherds and Border Collies.
 

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