So You Want A Beagle Puppy?
Remember that this will be a 15-20 year commitment and you will want to start yourself off on the right foot. Some things to look for from a breeder:
Only breeds a very few types of dogs and is knowledgeable on the various breeds he or she raises. Breeds for health and temperament as their #1 priority.
Provides information on the championship lines and all health testing for breeding stock (for Beagles, you want AT LEAST heart, hips, eyes, and Musladin-Lueke syndrome tested and certified. Just being seen by a vet does not certify against genetic health defects)
Provides a contract and health guarantee for the puppy.
Interviews you and has you complete a questionnaire or application before agreeing to sell you a puppy.
Has a good reputation with other breeders in the area and is able to provide you references.
Allows and encourages you as the prospective owner to tour their facilities and see the adult dogs and litters they may have on hand.
Offers limited registration papers for pets, as well as all paperwork required for The American Kennel Club or Canadian Kennel Club
The Beagle is a medium sized, hearty hound. They are friendly, independent, and a wonderful family companion. While they have a high activity level, with proper exercise and mental stimulation, the Beagle will have the ability to settle in to become a great household companion. The breed is known as the "merry little hound" and should never be shy, aggressive, or fearful. They get along with adults, children, and other dogs. With training, they can also enjoy of the company of small animals, such as cats and rodents, but due to their hunting background, should never be trusted alone with them.
FAQ About Beagles:
Is It True That They Bark?
Regardless to whatever breed one chooses, it is a dog and they will bark. Beagles are known for their ability to bay and bark. This is due to their hunting background. When hunting, the Beagle use their melodic voices to alert the hunter of their acquisition of the quarry. In pet Beagles, they typically bark when bored. If a beagle is properly stimulated, the chances of boredom lessen.
It Is My Understanding That Beagles Will Dig Out Of The Yard?
While Beagles are known for their digging abilities, it is up to the owner to make sure that their Beagle is properly entertained and will not dig out of boredom. Limiting their access to things to dig at and keeping them entertained through exercise and toys will lessen the chances of your new companion to dig.
Is It True That Beagles Make Good Outdoor Dogs?
Absolutely not! Beagles are very social dogs and were bred to be in packs. They require the attention of other dogs and human interaction. When you take on a Beagle, YOU become their pack. When a Beagle is expected to live outside, away from their pack, they often turn to bad habits, such as barking, digging, running away, and become general nuisance dogs.
I Have Heard The Beagles Run Away, Is This True?
Due to their hunting background, if a Beagle is given the opportunity, they will get on a scent and follow it. They do not intend to run away from their home, but when the nose turns on, the brain turns off. Because of this, it is important to remember to never trust a Beagle 100%.
Is It True That A Beagle Can Never Be Trained?
The key to training a Beagle is knowing how to get into their head. They are a passive aggressive breed and do not need someone to tell them what to do. As the owner of a Beagle, you have to convince them that what you are asking is their idea. Also remember that the key to a Beagle is food. Using food based rewards is the best way to teach a Beagle new things, but you will have to remember to eventually wean them off food rewards. I require 8 weeks of obedience training and highly recommend 16 weeks. Training classes help teach the owner how to communicate with their dog and assist in the bond between them.
"Are Beagles Prone To Getting Fat?"
Beagles are known for their love of food. A Beagle will eat and eat and eat if given the opportunity to. It is very important to watch your Beagle's weight and their food intake, as once the weight comes on, it is hard to get them to loose it.
"I Have Heard That Buying Two Puppies At Once Is Better Because They Keep Each Other Company?"
One of the worst things a new home can do is bring two puppies home at once. As a general rule, the puppies will bond with each other and not with the family members. In addition, you have twice the training, twice the destruction, and twice the expense. We recommend taking one home and raising it first. If you decide you want to add another dog, wait until your first puppy is around a year and already somewhat trained. We have found that the older dog will teach the new puppy the ropes and it makes raising the second one so much easier! Remember, one beagle puppy is hard, two is even worse!
"Why Are Your Puppies So Expensive?"
When you are looking to purchase a companion for the next 15-18 years, you want to start off on the right foot. To ensure that you have the best experience possible with your family member, we have taken every precaution when breeding and raising our puppies. Our breeding stock has been health testing and cleared of genetic diseases, shown and competed in AKC events, bred to the best possible stud dog (which often has a costly stud fee and sometimes includes shipping the girls to the male), and have received the best medical care throughout their pregnancy. These costs add up quickly. In addition to the care of our dogs prior to whelping their puppies, the puppies themselves cost a lot to raise. The puppies are examined by a veterinarian, have started their series of vaccinations, have had their dewclaws removed, come microchipped, worked with and socialized daily, and fed the best food. We very rarely, if ever, make money breeding our dogs. We breed for the love of the breed, not as a business or money making venture. When you adopt one of our puppies, you become a part of our family and we are always available for any problems, questions, and issues that may arise at any point of the dogs life. Even 15 years down the road.
Recommendations For Future Owners:
If you decide the Beagle is for you, we recommend the following things. Find a reputable breeder. Look for someone who has a sincere interest in preserving the breed and producing healthy dogs. Always ask to see AKC papers and certificates for health clearances. Ask about a return policy. A good breeder will always be willing to take their dogs back. A good breeder will support and advise you on anything you need throughout the duration of your dog's life, not just the first few weeks that you own the puppy.
Remember that a new puppy is going to require more work than an adult. If you work, make the effort to come home several times a day to tend to the puppy for the first few weeks that they are in their new home. Always remember that this is an adjustment period and they are used to having the companionship of their mother and littermates. Puppies require quite a bit of attention and leaving them alone for several hours backtracks on their housebreaking and training.
When you first bring home your puppy, I recommend purchasing an x-pen. Our puppies are raised in an x-pen enclosure, with a crate, their litter box, food, water and toys. This is an excellent way to keep them away confined, without locking them away from the family.
Obedience training is a must! This not only strengthens the bond between you and the puppy, it is also great socialization. Your Beagle will learn to listen to you with the distractions of other people and dogs and it will help you learn to communicate with your dog. Please let me know if you need a referral to a quality trainer in your area.
The Beagle and Children:
While the Beagle is a good addition to any family, we highly recommend only getting a puppy with children over five years of age. Because of the way puppies play, they can easily scare a child. Often this can cause some resentment between a young child and their new family member. I care not only about the puppies I bred, but the family that adopts them and want nothing more than a happy puppy and a family that loves them for their entire life.
There are many people that do not feel they can take on the responsibility of a puppy. If this is the case, rescue may be an option for you. Beagles have become very popular over the past few years and because of that, rescue always has a wonderful assortment of available Beagles that have lost their home for one reason or another. Beagle Rescue has many well trained and experienced foster homes that will evaluate your situation and will match your family up with the perfect companion. If you think a rescue dog is the best option for your situation, please visit Northern California Beagle Rescue to see the variety of great Beagles they have for adoption.