I just got my very first beagle before christmas. From a litter of four, only 3 were left. I chose the one that seemed to be the most bold and vocal. He also seemed very independent. The other 2 wanted to sit and be held, he was off exploring. He's ten months now and opened on the first rabbit I put him on last weekend. He ran 3 that day, but none circled back. All in good time!