Ellie is my first dog and overall great. She definitely howls like a beagle and looks like a mini one! She is so sweet and affectionate, but is nervous around people she does not know and can take some time to warm up. However, we did not get Ellie until she was about 6 months so it does not seem like she had much socialization as a pup, which likely plays a role. Potty training has been difficult, but overall a kind soul and love her to bits. And gets along great with cats and other dogs after warming up!