Originally Posted by lefty
Honestly, they may one of the least intimidating dogs I know. Beagles are okay, but be prepared for a long chase if they get off lead.
Go to a shelter and check out the dogs. Don't bring kids the first time unless you are prepared to walk away with a dog.
Put down a general list of characteristics you like - size, hair length, activity level, colour, etc., as well as breeds you like (husky, beagle) and I'm sure people will offer suggestions.
I've adopted beagles several different times from a specific, somewhat local shelter. This shelter suggests taking the dog home for a week or two before everything is finalized. Of the two beagles we adopted, the first one, Mac was absolutely the best dog ever. The second one, Cooper, is giving Mac a run for his money. Both were perfectly trained and very gentle. Mac had more of a proclivity to run out the door, but he always returned.
Unfortunately, Mac had liver cancer and passed away a brief 14 months after he was adopted. Cooper has been with us nearly three years now and rules the roost! I heartily recommend beagles, but you're going to adopt, please try the dog for a week or so to make sure you get along.