Are beagles smart?

Yes, beagles are smart.  Even though they’re only ranked as the 131st smartest dog breeds for obedience & working intelligence, that’s far from being the whole story.

Beagles are among the smartest dog breeds according to the following measures:

  • They’re independent thinkers, which probably accounts for their low scores in obedience tests. They won’t just blindly obey your commands – they’ll want to see a good reason for doing what they’re asked.
  • They’re great problem-solvers and learn quickly from their own mistakes.
  • They’re brilliant communicators and can easily train their humans to understand exactly what they’re trying to say.