The history of the breed of dog called the Beagle is largely unknown. Some say the breed dates back to 200 AD Others believe the Beagle descends from 19th century English "Harriers," which are a breed of medium sized English hounds. The breed began to be referred to as "Beagle" in the 1800s and was registered with the American Kennel Club in 1885. Their popularity has raised demand for purebred Beagles. A side effect is that there are both reputable and disreputable Beagle breeders trying to profit from the sale of purebred puppies.
The subject of this article is finding good Beagle breeders and learning how to avoid bad breeders. Good Beagle breeders ensure the well being of their Beagles. They set up kennels to care for the breed they produce. They care about their reputation. Bad breeders set up puppy mills where they over-breed Beagles without regard to comfort or happiness.
Beagle breeders can be good or bad. There are some sure-fire ways to discern between the two. Good breeders are be backed up by references, which they should be able to provide on demand. Word of mouth is a good way to get a general idea of a breeder's reputation. Specifics of a good breeder are as follows: They have their own kennels. Their Beagles have received appropriate medical screening and immunizations. Their dogs may have been spayed or neutered prior to sale.
They do not breed Beagles with known medical conditions or behavioral problems. They do not sell puppies to pet stores or pet brokers. The kennels are clean and meet the Beagles' basic and social needs. Breeders are experts on their breed and are affiliated with Beagle rescue. Breeders have good references such as the AKC (American Kennel Club). Most importantly: breeders love their Beagles! Genuine affection for the breed is a must-have in a successful breeder.
Research Beagle breeders thoroughly before choosing one to buy your Beagle from. A good place to start your research is the American Kennel Club's website. Although the AKC can not specifically endorse the breeders it lists, its subsidiary AKC Parent Clubs can recommend local breeders in each state. Contact phone numbers and other information for breeders are available on the AKC's site.
Make sure to list specific questions before contacting the breeder. Also visit the facility or kennel if possible to make sure your potential Beagle has been raised in appropriate conditions. Does the breeder offer a warranty and / or return policy? Is medical documentation available? You may also want to ask about rescued Beagles. These are usually adult Beagles who have suffered trauma such as abandonment and neglect. They are less expensive but purebred, although complete lineage information may not be available.
You will be able to enjoy your Beagle for the next ten to fifteen years. Make sure he is a healthy Beagle raised appropriately by a reputable breeder.