Once you have decided that you want to buy your new puppy from a Beagle breeder, your search can really begin. But where do you start? There are a number of places that you can start looking for a local Beagle breeder. You may want to check out the ‘puppies for sale’ ads in the classified section of your local newspaper first. This is a good way of finding a Beagle puppy from a pet breeder. They are often the cheapest of all the Beagle puppies that you are likely to find for sale. Some pet Beagle owners are extremely good pet breeders and have matched their dogs carefully, while others have not. You may not find as pure a Beagle as you want to by this method. If there are few Beagle breeders advertising in your local paper, you could consider placing a ‘want ad’. This service is often free or very inexpensive and may lead to finding a Beagle breeder with puppies for sale in your area before they have had chance to advertise, giving you the pick if the litter! Hobby breeders may also advertise their Beagle puppies for sale locally, however, they are more likely to do so in Beagle and dog related magazines. This is because their puppies are carefully bred to produce show winning dogs and their owners are extremely careful about any potentially new owner. This does mean that dog shows themselves can be a great place to chat to Beagle owners and find out about puppies for sale, too.
The Internet undoubtedly offers the widest choice of Beagle breeders, not only in America, but all over the world. There are accredited Beagle breeder websites from countries including Canada, the United Kingdom, New Zealand and even Thailand. However, you are most likely to want to find one within easy traveling distance as you are going to need to visit the puppies to see them with their mother on at least one occasion before you make your final decision.
The National Beagle Club of America (NBCA) is an excellent first step in your search for a licensed Beagle breeder in your area. Its parent organization is the American Kennel Club. Members of the NBCA can have an entry in the website’s Beagle breeders listing. This is arranged by the state for more convenient searching and each entry has an indicator as to their status regarding puppies for sale. It is worth contacting a few of your local Beagle breeders as they can always recommend other breeders in the area who may not have a listing in the NBCA database, yet. Of course, the NBCA is not the only website that has listings of Beagle breeders, but it is a good starting point. If you perform a search for licensed Beagle breeders in your area, you are likely to find links to more databases and individual breeders’ websites. The quickest way to narrow down this list is to check for their American Kennel Club or other accreditation. Either way, it is very important to know how to choose the right Beagle breeder.
There are many different types of dog breeders and you may need help as to which would be the best Beagle breeder to look for. The three main types that you are likely to come across in your search for a Beagle breeder are licensed breeders, hobby breeders, and pet breeders.
Licensed breeders are breeders who have puppies available for sale from five or more litters that they have bred in a year. This is to ensure that strict standards are met with regards to the animals’ welfare. This includes not breeding using a bitch that is under a year old, using the same bitch for more than 6 litters and allowing at least a year between litters. There are heavy penalties for being an unlicensed breeder if they are caught. To become a licensed Beagle breeder, they must meet certain requirements. Their premises and practices are checked by local authorities and veterinary professionals and detailed records of all dogs must be kept. You should always confirm with the breeder that they are licensed so you know that they fulfill the requirements. You should also be aware that licensed breeders may not deal solely in Beagles and may have brought in animals from other licensed breeders. Of course, you can check all relevant records before you decide to buy.
Hobby breeders are, as the name suggests, people who breed only occasional litters and not necessarily for sale. You may find that a Beagle breeder who has recently had a litter that is offering one or two of the puppies for sale. Their Beagle breeding is often for producing show dogs or working dogs but may have a larger litter than expected. A hobby breeder is likely to be as meticulous in choosing a new owner for their puppy as you are in choosing your ideal Beagle breeder to buy your puppy from!
Finally, pet breeders have had a litter from their own Beagle housedog. They often only want to keep a small number of a litter and are likely to have a number of their puppies for sale.
Each group of Beagle breeders is different but they do have one thing in common and that is that they may all have the perfect Beagle for you. You may prefer to buy your Beagle puppy from a particular type of Beagle breeder or be fairly open. It is important to know how to find a quality Beagle breeder in order to help narrow down your search.