There is no wrong answer here! But a chance to share your most memorable experiences with your first dog or the one that was the smartest one to date! My familys first known dog was a beagle that helped them find food in the great depression named Daisy! My first dog was a beagle/terrier mix rescued from a shelter that was great at finding rabbits & birds. Goober was a very large beagle that made for a better guard dog than a hunter/companion! But, my young Jethro that will be 2 yrs old next week "is a natural born hunter"! He "pointed out" a very nice buck last season to confirm his training... but, we were concentrating on elk! Jethro, is a very smart beag as he has about outgrown his "terrible two's" before he turned 2!!! (The more I learn about beagles, the more they learn to understand me)!