A new dog is a long-term investment for a family that should never be taken lightly. This is why it is so important to do your homework before selecting the breed you want and finding the breeder who can provide you with your dog of choice. If you decide that the breed you want is a Beagle, one of the most important steps you can take to ensure that you end up with a healthy and happy puppy is to take the time to find a reputable breeder. There are many Beagle breeders around the world to choose from, but they are not all created equal. It’s your job to do the right research and ask the right questions before handing over money and bringing a dog home.
There are two different ways you can get in touch with a Beagle breeder, either in person if the breeder lives in your area or online. There are precautions you can take to verify the reliability and integrity of your breeder, no matter how far away the person lives from you.
The first step in selecting a reputable Beagle breeder is asking the right questions before selecting a puppy from the litter. A good breeder will not mind your interview and will even appreciate the fact that you are taking the time to find the best place to get your dog. Questions for your Beagle breeder should include finding out if you can meet one or both parents of the litter to see the appearance and temperament of the dogs. It is important to note that a shy dog can breed other shy and skittish dogs, so a responsible breeder will generally not use dogs of this temperament for breeding purposes.
You should also ask your potential Beagle breeder about the breed’s genetic health issues. Your breeder should be aware of these issues and should provide documentation showing that their dogs have been properly tested for potential problems. Other concerns to address include vaccinations, food, and the age at which the puppies can go to their new homes.
Another popular method of finding AKC puppies today is with the help of the internet. While it may seem like an odd way to bring a new puppy into your home, the advantage of this method is that you can broaden your base to find the exact dog you are looking for. Many Beagle breeders advertise their litters in this way and even maintain waiting lists for potential owners electronically. Keep in mind that if you decide to acquire your dog electronically, there are a few additional steps you need to take to ensure you get what you pay for. First, always follow up on email correspondence with a phone call to a live person and make sure payments go to the same address found on the breeder’s website. You can also request a signed contract prior to the exchange of funds so that you have a recourse form if something goes wrong in the transaction.
There are many good Beagle breeders today and many ways to find them. Make sure to protect yourself and your future family pet by doing your homework before making your final purchase.