Here is the fourth article in what I call my “versus” series. Basically, after doing some research, I find out what breeds the public wants to learn about and be compared to the Golden Retriever. So, if you have any breeds you would like to see here, just leave me the breed in the comments. Here come the Beagles. But before that, we have to do our standard Golden Retriever recap. In case you forgot what we were comparing.

Golden Retrievers


The breed is known to be friendly and their tolerant attitude makes the Golden Retriever a wonderful family pet. Golden Retrievers excel at retrieving game for hunters (hence the name), tracking, sniffing out drugs, and as therapy and assistance dogs. They’re also natural athletes and do well in dog sports such as agility and competitive obedience. So, if you want a hunting or show dog, you should definitely look into the Golden Retriever. As mentioned before, Golden Retrievers make amazing family pets. But please remember that this is a large breed dog. Golden Retrievers need lots of room to run around and get exercise. This breed does not adapt well to apartment living. If you are a new pet owner, this breed is okay when it comes to temperament. However, their size may be a challenge to some newer dog owners.

This beautiful breed is also known for being highly sensitive. The sensitivity also plays a part in that Golden Retrievers do not like to be left alone. So, if you travel often and do not plan to take your pup with you, this may not be the breed for you.

Golden Retrievers are beautiful dogs. A lot of them have long, beautiful coats. Which means they shed. A lot. The long hair also makes them much harder to groom and they have the potential to gain a lot of weight. That’s why it is important for them to get a lot of exercise. Of course, they also have a high energy level. Golden Retrievers also have a high risk of cancer and don’t have the best overall health.



Beagles are active companions for kids and adults alike. This type of dog breed is merry and fun loving. But since they are hounds, they can also be stubborn and require patient, creative training techniques. Their noses guide them through life, and they’re never happier than when following an interesting scent. The Beagle originally was bred as a scent hound to track small game, mostly rabbits and hares. The breed is still used for this purpose in many countries, including the United States.

If you live in an apartment, you’re in luck because a Beagle adapts to an apartment lifestyle better than a Golden Retriever. However, they are a little less easy to handle when it comes to new dog owners. This is probably because of their stubborn nature. The Beagle is a little less sensitive than a Golden Retriever and they also hate being left alone. They also hate cold weather.

When it comes to overall friendless, they rank the same as Golden Retrievers. This includes attitudes towards kids, other pets, and strangers. The Beagle sheds less than a Golden Retriever and is much easier to groom. They also drool less. However, they are mouthy, hard to train, and have a bad health ranking.

Do you have a Beagle or a Golden Retriever? Tell us about them in the comments below.

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