Find a Reputable Beagle Breeder
Since you found this page I’m going to assume you have already decided to purchase a Beagle puppy for yourself. So congratulations! If you did your research and know what to expect from this breed, then I’m sure you will love the new addition to your family.
In this article it will be my job to help you find a dog breeder that actually breeds their puppies for love of the breed and strives to have the healthiest and happiest puppies possible. I will also share some warning signs that you should watch out for when looking for a dog breeder.
Where to Look for Puppies
One of the biggest question I get from new readers is “Where do I look for a puppy?” or “Can you help me find a Beagle puppy for sale?” So instead of answering every single email and retyping the same thing over and over again, I decided to write this article.
So where exactly do you look to buy a Beagle puppy? Well before you begin your search let me just quickly suggest that you adopt a Beagle instead of purchasing one. Adopting a Beagle will save a dog that is in need of a home. So please call your local dog rescue shelters first before you purchase a puppy.
Alright having said that let me give you some ideas of where you can look for an available puppy for sale:
- The Newspaper – Breeders sometimes post ads in their local newspaper when they have available puppies for sale.
- Pet Store Bulletin Boards – Not all pet stores have these, but if yours does then it is a good place to see if anyone has any Beagle pups for sale.
- Internet – You can find a lot of good local dog breeders just by searching your state + beagle breeder. Just be careful and do your research before you pay for anything.
- Dog Breeder Directories – This goes hand in hand with the last one, just a little more specific.
- Word of mouth – Know someone with a Beagle? Ask them where they got their dog.
- Beagle breed clubs and dog shows – Breeders often participate in these events to display their dog’s and their abilities.
Now that you know WHERE to look, let’s examine WHAT you should be looking for in the next section.
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Once you know what to look for, it’s not that hard to separate people that breed their dogs just to make a quick buck from people that actually care about their pups and their future homes. So here are some things you should look for in a reputable Beagle breeder:
Doesn’t have puppies available all year round – Good dog breeders don’t overbreed their dogs and have a litter available maybe once or twice per year. The puppies are not their main source of income so they don’t need to constantly sell puppies to pay the bills.
They will ask you lots of questions – This might seem intimidating at first, but I promise you that they do this in good faith. They want to learn more about where the puppy is going, what kind of environment it will grow up in and if you are prepared to handle the responsibilities that come with a dog. So don’t shy away from answering these questions. If anything, use this opportunity to learn more about the breed you are trying to bring home.
Sometimes they have a waiting list – This doesn’t apply to all good dog breeders, but some have their puppies sold out before their female Beagle gives birth. This is a sure bet that the breeder is reputable if they found a home for their puppies before they are even born.
They keep their puppies at home, not in a crate or kennel outdoors – Puppies need human interaction to be properly socialized. If the breeder truly cares about his or her puppies, they will have no problem raising them at home.
They have a list of other Beagle owners or trainers that can vouch for them – Word of mouth is one of the best ways to distinguish good breeders from the not so good ones. However some of the craftier puppy mills can give you fake phone numbers, names and show you fake pictures to build their credibility. So don’t rely on word of mouth exclusively unless you personally know the people.
Not so Reputable Breeders
There are two types of breeders that you should avoid when looking for a Beagle puppy for sale. The first are the breeders that don’t really know much about their dog history, genetic health condition, breed standards or other important factors that a good breeder should consider. They are commonly referred to as backyard breeders.
The second are puppy mills. Now this group is much worse than the previous one by a mile and must be avoided like the plague. Puppy mills completely disregard their dogs health and wellbeing for more profit. They don’t care if their dogs are unhealthy, sick or hurt as long as they can sell puppies. And as soon as one of their dogs loses potential for profit, they throw them out in the street or worse…
So how do you avoid doing business with these breeders? You have to do your research first. Here are some clues that you can look for to find out if the person you are trying to purchase a puppy is someone you want to deal with:
- They have puppies available for sale nearly all the time – If they have puppies for sale every season, then this is no longer just a dog breeder but a business. It’s a classic sign of a puppy mill so I suggest you stay clear of them.
- They have more than one breed available – Even worse would be if they breed dog mixes like “labradoodle” or “miniature” anything pretty much. These breeders are trying to get into a high selling market. So it’s another sure way to spot a puppy mill.
- No papers or breed history information – This applies more to the backyard dog breeds. If they can’t give you any papers on the breed or provide any pedigree history, then I suggest you stay away. Puppy mills however can get these documents so don’t assume a breeder is reputable just because they promise you any “official” papers for their puppies.
- Pet stores – I don’t even have to say much here. The puppies available at pet stores 90% of the time come from a puppy mill. It’s hard to resist those sad puppy eyes you see in the window displays there. However you have to understand that by buying puppies from pet stores you are giving them incentive to continue with their “business”.
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