Hey guys. I absolutely love squirrel hunting, but I never have much luck. Until I joined these forums, I wasn't really aware of the advantages garnered by having a good squirrel dog. I'm getting a house next year, and a fenced in yard is a must. My sister just bought a labradoodle (**** Obama-dog) so now I need to get a dog too. :wink: More so, I've been wanting my own dog for a while now. Ever since I was really young, my dad has told me stories about how he and his dad and brothers raised beagles when he was growing up in Tennessee. They were DIRT POOR and hunted for most of their food, so he fondly remembers those dogs. So needless to say, I'm getting a beagle. Now, here's where my knowledge drops off. I have a 13 year old standard dachshund right now; I'm almost 20. I have no idea how to train a hunting dog. To be honest, I don't even know whether to get a male or female. For what it's worth, my dad said the females were better behaved, but I can't name a female John Wayne so I'm kind of set on a male. But are beagles good squirrel dogs? I know they're better suited for rabbits, and I've been told that Jack Russells are the ultimate squirrel dogs, but if I can do it (and maybe coons?) with a beagle, I'd love to carry on the tradition. Any input on beagles, other dogs, training squirrel dogs, or pictures of CZ squirrel guns would be appreciated.