Do beagles like to cuddle? Have you ever wondered if your beagle likes to cuddle? It’s a question a beagle dog lover may ask themselves.
While it may not seem like the most pressing question, it is important for those of us who want our beagles to snuggle up on the couch with us!
According to the American Kennel Club, beagles are one of the top ten most popular breeds for families in the US. Beagles make great pets because they are pack animals which makes them a very sociable dog breed and don’t mind being touched or held by their human companions.
Beagles love to curl up with other beagles and be cuddled by humans, it’s in their nature! Read on to find out more.
Why do beagles enjoy cuddling?
Before we can truly understand if and why beagles love to cuddle we need to understand a little about the beagle breed.
Beagles were bred as scent hounds, part of large packs of other beagles to hunt and track small animals.
Part of a larger dog pack, they would rely on the other hounds for all kinds of things, companionship, keeping warm on cold nights, using the other dog body heat, cuddling up for warmth.
It’s likely that beagles retain some of the behaviors from when they were pack dogs, which is why we find our beloved pet so affectionate and why beagles enjoy cuddling!
If your own beagle shows signs of separation anxiety it may show a desire to cuddle more often and for longer periods of time.
Do beagles like to be held?
Most beagles don’t mind being held, but not all of them will actively seek it out.
If a beagle puppy has had good socialization, he or she will generally enjoy being held and cuddled.
For an adult beagle, it can vary from dog to dog depending on how much human interaction they have had.
Not all beagles will show affectionate behavior towards being held, even if the beagle has a cuddly nature.
There is a difference between a beagle enjoying liking to be held and a beagle showing affection by cuddling up to you or other family members.
If in doubt, always be cautious, for you and your beagle’s safety and comfort.
Why are beagles affectionate?
Beagles rely on their pack leaders for safety, and cuddling is an ancient evolutionary tool and instinctive survival skill they use to form a bond with their pack leader.
As with humans, your loyal friends’ brains naturally produce oxytocin which in turn reduces stress and helps them relax.
Beagles also naturally experience feelings of contentment when they are affectionately touched.
Cuddling with your dog will help them form an association between this stress relief and being close to you, which is a great way to strengthen your bond together.
Beagles are well known for their friendliness. They are also known for being curious and playful animals which makes them very fun to be around!
So it is no surprise that many beagles like spending time and being affectionate with their human companions.
Every dog has a unique personality, and not all of them are super cuddly but most of our beagles have shown lots of affectionate behavior.
Beagles are pack animals and were originally bred for hunting and to be part of a large dog pack.
It’s likely you are their ‘pack leader’ at home and naturally, they will want to sit with the leader to feel safe and secure.
How do beagles show affection?
A beagle can show affection in many ways. They will often lick the face of their owners, wag their tail when they see them, and play with toys or be rewarded for good behavior.
While it’s great to see the beagle show affection, it’s equally important to know when your beagle needs some space.
A beagle can display food aggression. Food aggression is characterized by a beagle snarling, growling, or snapping at anyone who approaches the beagle’s food.
A beagle can also display resource guarding aggression when they feel uncomfortable about their space and what’s in it.
They’ll bark aggressively and snap to keep people away from that area of the house.
Small children may not be able to read these signs, the beagle will warn and may even show aggression, even if you have never seen your beagle snap at kids before.
Separation anxiety affects many dog breeds and can be a problem for a beagle owner with a dog that has.
A pet beagle that gets stressed when you leave the house may be very clingy when you are home.
You may mistake this for just wanting cuddles when more affection is not a good idea as it just reinforces the anxiety a dog feels when you leave your home.
Read our post how long can you leave a beagle home.
In some severe cases, you will need to give your beagle training to help with their stress when you leave the house.
Start by leaving your beagle in another room while you go do something in another part of the house. Even if it’s just for a few minutes.
Gradually increase the time you are away from your beagle until they start to show less and less stress.
Try giving your beagle something to distract them when you leave the room, like a food puzzle toy.
If your beagle starts to whine or bark when you leave the room, just ignore it and keep going.
You want them to associate being left alone with something pleasant rather than bad feelings that will make your dog’s anxiety worse!
In general, dogs love cuddles too much for their own good sometimes.
Beagles and other breeds with separation anxiety will need to stay in a trusted environment while they work through this issue – an area that cannot be entered by unauthorized people or animals.
Long walks and mental stimulation are also good ways to help canines with separation anxiety.
Should you cuddle beagle puppies?
It’s ok to try and snuggle your beagle puppy, though you may find they don’t want as much cuddling as you would like!
Beagles are curious little hounds, and right from an early age they are constantly on the hunt for places to sniff, things to chew, toys to play with, and people to investigate.
Puppies cuddling humans is usually at the bottom of the list!
However, beagles are energetic, social animals who enjoy the company of their human family members, but they can show a surprising amount of independence when it comes to spending time on their own.
Benefits of cuddling dogs for humans
Humans and dogs have been together and forming bonds for a long time. Both humans and dogs have a primal instinct to bond with others and cuddling is one of the best ways.
Dogs are known for being affectionate, but many people don’t realize that dogs have been an integral part of helping humans recover from mental illnesses like depression or PTSD.
Cuddling your beagle can stimulate the brain’s production of and oxytocin (known as the Love Hormone). Oxytocin is associated with feelings of trust, empathy, and strong bond formation.
Cuddling your beagles can also help reduce stress levels in both humans and dogs, as well as lower blood pressure. Humans who have high levels of cortisol (stress hormones) will often find that they feel more relaxed after a break to cuddle with their dog.