Beagle vs Boston Terrier

Breed Snapshot

Life Expectancy:
10 to 15 years
Size:

Small

Maintenance Level:

Medium

Shed Level:

Low

Best For

Beagles are best for active pet parents and thrive in family homes.

Beagle Temperament

The Beagle’s temperament is generally joyful, determined and adventurous. They’re spunky dogs who typically get along well with others, and their curious personality means they love to play and explore. Couch potatoes they are not! In fact, they need a lot of exercise and thrive when given...

The Beagle’s temperament is generally joyful, determined and adventurous. They’re spunky dogs who typically get along well with others, and their curious personality means they love to play and explore.

Couch potatoes they are not! In fact, they need a lot of exercise and thrive when given a job to do. They were originally bred to track and hunt game, and you’ll often see them with their nose to the ground. At times they can be too driven by scents. Don’t be surprised if they smell something interesting and take off!

Known for their intelligence, a bored Beagle may get themselves into trouble. Don’t worry—Beagles are happy to tell you when they need more stimulation with their attention-getting vocalizations. A cross between a bark and a howl, the unmistakable Beagle “baying” is sharper than a bark but not as drawn out as a howl. Beagles love to join in when they hear other dogs howling or when they want to express themselves with their “Beagle noises.”

Agility training, scent work or tracking classes might be good activities to explore with these smart, strong-willed dogs. (Psst, the National Beagle Club is a good resource for events and other activities for this breed.)

While a Beagle puppy can be mouthy and chew things they shouldn’t (just like any other puppy!), the Beagle breed isn’t expected to have aggressive tendencies as an adult. These social, family dogs get along well with children and are great for active families. And since they were originally bred for hunting in packs, they also do well with other dogs, although they may need more time to adjust to cat households.

Beagle Traits

Friendliness
Exercise Needs
Health Issues
Barking Tendencies
Grooming Needs
Shedding Level
Training Needs
Good With Kids
Good With Cats
Good As A Service Dog
Good For Apartments & Small Homes
Biting Tendencies
Energy Level
Good With Other Dogs
Playfulness
Sensitive to Cold Weather
Sensitive to Warm Weather
Good For First Time Pet Parents

Breed Snapshot

Life Expectancy:
11 to 13 years
Size:

Small

Maintenance Level:

Medium

Shed Level:

Low

Best For

Boston Terriers are best for families or first-time pet parents, and they thrive when someone's with them most of the time. The Boston Terrier breed is a good match for those who like to be...

Boston Terriers are best for families or first-time pet parents, and they thrive when someone's with them most of the time. The Boston Terrier breed is a good match for those who like to be active (but not overly so), and they do well at dog sports like obedience and agility work. But make sure you include chill time, too; they are happy to hang out with you at the end of the day.

Boston Terrier Temperament

Boston Terriers are like big dogs stuck in a little dog body—full of personality and spunk. They are very connected to their people and wholeheartedly believe that life should be enjoyed (two qualities pet parents love the most). Known for being friendly and happy-go-lucky, they are highly affectionate. But...

Boston Terriers are like big dogs stuck in a little dog body—full of personality and spunk. They are very connected to their people and wholeheartedly believe that life should be enjoyed (two qualities pet parents love the most). Known for being friendly and happy-go-lucky, they are highly affectionate. But be warned—these dogs are meant to be companions, and they take it seriously. They do not like to be left alone!

Their personality is so exuberant that it can be overwhelming for shy or sensitive dogs, so it’s important to socialize your Boston Terrier puppy and teach them how to appropriately greet and play with other dogs. Luckily, they are intelligent and love to learn, so they’re easy to train.

A well-socialized Boston Terrier loves everyone and everything, including other dogs, cats and kids. They are happy to spread the love while still having confidence and a self-assured nature. These characteristics make them such a popular pet that they are in the top 25 of the AKC’s breed popularity list and have been a beloved family dog since the late 1800s.

Boston Terrier Traits

Friendliness
Exercise Needs
Health Issues
Barking Tendencies
Grooming Needs
Shedding Level
Training Needs
Good With Kids
Good With Cats
Good As A Service Dog
Good For Apartments & Small Homes
Biting Tendencies
Energy Level
Good With Other Dogs
Playfulness
Sensitive to Cold Weather
Sensitive to Warm Weather
Good For First Time Pet Parents
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