Finding a responsible Beagle breeder is the first and most important step when searching for a new furry member of your family. Not all breeders are created equal, so it's important to do plenty of research to find a reputable breeder who cares about their dogs. Here are some key tips for finding the right breeder.
1. Do more than a quick Google search
Good quality breeders don't always come up on the first page of a Google search. When searching the internet, be prepared to trawl through pages of search results to ensure you don't skip over quality breeders. You can also try searching on social media sites. Keep in mind that great breeders may not have a ton of followers.
Use the internet as the first step in your research to compile a list of potential breeders. Read their websites or social media pages extensively and reach out for more information. Ask lots of questions about their dogs, their kennels, and their experience.
2. Look for AKC Bred with H.E.A.R.T. breeders
The American Kennel Club (AKC) have a Bred with H.E.A.R.T. program for breeders who are committed to upholding the following values:
Those who are part of the program have taken on additional education to maintain high standards of care, and they've met certain health testing standards. You can browse the AKC marketplace to find beagle puppies available from Bred with H.E.A.R.T. breeders.
3. Be prepared to look far and wide
Geography shouldn't be a factor that stops you from getting the best Beagle puppy. Search across the whole country to find the right breeder and don't settle for a lesser breeder simply because they're close to you. A good breeder will never ship their pups to new owners. Instead, they'll hand-carry the pups to ensure they get to their new home safely.
It's also important to be patient. The right breeder for you may not have pups available right away. Be prepared to wait and don't opt for a lower-quality breeder simply because they have puppies available to take home. You should also avoid any breeders who are happy for very young pups to go to new homes too soon. The first two or three months of the pup's life should be spent with its mother and litter mates so it can socialize and mature.
4. Ask to see the puppies and parents
Responsible breeders who produce puppies in high-quality, healthy environments are keen for potential buyers to visit their kennels and meet their dogs and puppies. Good breeders want their puppies to go to good owners, so meeting at their kennels is a great opportunity for them to get to know you as much as it is for you to scope out their premises. When you visit their kennels, look out for the following positive signs:
The kennels are clean and free from odor
The dogs look healthy and well-fed
The breeder is genuinely passionate about their dogs and the breed
Dogs and puppies interact happily with their breeder
Dogs and puppies approach strangers confidently
The breeder is patient with your questions and gives clear answers
The breeder is keen to share advice about the breed and on raising pups