Everything you need to know to buy or adopt a Beagle puppy or adult dog.


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Buying or Adopting a Beagle

By Michele Welton. Copyright © 2000-2017


Is a DOG really the right pet for you?

I've been helping people choose and find dogs for over 35 years now, and I have to say that for many people, dogs are not ideal pets.

Pros AND Cons of Owning a Dog


Should you get a purebred, crossbred, or mixed breed dog?

Don't set your sights on any purebred dog until you read these three eye-opening articles:

The Truth About Purebred Dogs

The Truth About Crossbred Dogs

The Truth About Mixed Breed Dogs


Is a Beagle the right breed for you?

Beagles: What's Good About 'Em, What's Bad About 'Em

Beagle Health Problems


Are YOU right for a Beagle?

Can you provide what this breed needs?

  • Someone home most of the day
  • Fenced yard (6-8 feet high, not an electronic/underground fence)
  • Ample exercise after maturity – enough ongoing exercise that your Beagle stays slim and is tired enough to sleep contentedly and not get into mischief
  • "Mental exercise" – interesting activities that keep the mind stimulated, such as a challenging dog sport (agility, rally obedience, musical freestyle); challenging dog toys; a homemade obstacle course; tricks and games such as Hide 'n Seek; instructions in my training book, Teach Your Dog 100 English Words
  • An indoor lifestyle, except for exercise and bathroom breaks
  • A meat-heavy diet, either homemade or commercial – meat is expensive, so people with less money should opt for a small dog
  • An owner with enough money to treat the health problems Beagles are prone to (pet health insurance can really help here!)
  • An owner who is okay with moderate/heavy shedding, and housebreaking perhaps taking a long time
  • Commitment to establish the right Leader-Follower relationship with your Beagle, teaching him to listen to you and do what you say

Should you get a male or female Beagle?

Symbols for male and female Male Dogs vs. Female Dogs
Which one makes a better pet?


Should you get a young puppy, an older puppy, or an adult dog?

Girl hugging a dog Puppies vs. Adult Dogs
What age should your new Beagle be?


Where can you buy or adopt a Beagle?

Beagles are a very common breed in the United States. Out of 189 breeds in the American Kennel Club, where 1 is most popular and 189 is least popular, Beagles rank 5th. Unfortunately their popularity is often based on their appealing appearance – convenient size, easy-care coat, soulful eyes. Many people who acquire a Beagle based on appearance end up regretting it, because these dogs can be very challenging to live with.

Adopting From Dog Rescue Organizations
Beagles (and Beagle crosses and mixes) are often available from Dog Rescue groups. Beagles may be turned over to Rescue because of misbehavior (howling, chewing destructively, escaping their yard, stubbornness). You would need to provide these dogs with the exercise, training, and socialization that they are lacking. Other Beagles are given up simply because of changed family circumstances, and these dogs may have no behavior problems at all.

Adopting From Public Animal Shelters and Humane Societies
Beagles are frequently found here, although shelter personnel may label any smallish hound-like dog as a Beagle or Beagle mix, even if it's not.

Buying From a Dog Breeder
You can buy a Beagle from a show breeder, who breeds Beagles to match a detailed standard of appearance for the dog show ring. Or you can buy a Beagle from a performance breeder, who emphasizes an energetic temperament and strong "prey (chasing) drives" for hunting rabbits and other small game animals.

You can also buy a Beagle from people who "just breed pets" or "just had one litter." But should you? Be sure to read the article to learn more about these people.

Here's one difference between a responsible breeder and an irresponsible breeder – BOTH PARENTS of a Beagle puppy should have:

  • a certificate from the Canine Eye Registry Foundation (CERF) – dated within the past year – certifying the dog to be free of eye diseases
  • a certificate from the Orthopedic Foundation of America (OFA) or PennHip certifying the dog to have normal hips
  • a certificate from the Orthopedic Foundation of America (OFA) certifying the dog to have a normal thyroid
  • a certificate from the Orthopedic Foundation of America (OFA) or a report from a veterinary cardiologist – dated within the past year – certifying that the dog has had an Advanced Cardiac Exam and has a normal heart

If a seller can't show you those certificates, the puppies are higher risk for health problems. You might choose to accept that risk. But then you need to be willing (and able) to pay a couple thousand bucks for future surgeries and lifelong meds if your Beagle ends up with cataracts and hip dysplasia.

Puppy in a pet shop window Pet Shop Puppies: Buying a Puppy From a Pet Store
Beagles are very common in pet shops. I have plenty to say about buying a puppy from a pet shop!


Related Articles

Girl holding up a puppy and looking at him How To Choose a Good Beagle Puppy
How to test the temperament and personality of Beagle puppies and pick the best puppy in a litter.


Pedigree parchment AKC Registered Puppies: Are AKC Papers Important?
Should you consider buying only AKC registered Beagle puppies? Do AKC papers and pedigrees really matter?


To help you train and care for your dog

book cover To learn more about training your dog to be calm and well-behaved, my dog training book is Teach Your Dog 100 English Words. It's a unique Vocabulary and Respect Training Program that will teach your dog to listen to you and do whatever you ask.

book cover My dog buying guide, Dog Quest: Find The Dog Of Your Dreams, will teach you everything you need to know about finding a good-tempered, healthy dog.

book cover My dog health care book, 11 Things You Must Do Right To Keep Your Dog Healthy and Happy, shows you how to help your dog live a longer life while avoiding health problems and unnecessary veterinary expenses.