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Howdy! New here, and it was recommended in another thread that I do an introduction.

Anyway, I live in North Central Illinois, near the Wisconsin border. I am not a life long beagler, but will be bringing our first one home this weekend. The entire family is excited about this, as it has been a long search that has had more than its fair share of down points (stumbling upon a puppy mill, being told the puppy we originally were going to take was born with Chinese Beagle).

My dog life consistes primarily of larger breeds (English Mastiff, Rottweiller, German Shephard, etc). I am also strange in that, after having a good dog in the family of a certain breed, I have a hard time getting a second one of the same breed after the first one passes on.

The Beagle was chosen based on a kid friendly dog (my requirements), smaller (wife), looks (kids), and wanting a dog that is not an inactive piece of furniture in the house (me and kids). We did not want a dalmation or jack russel terrier, but we definitely leaned more that way than we did the other. My sister had a pug when we were teenagers, and my brother has an English Bulldog. While they do play as pups.... adults not so much.

It has been a long dog hiatus that is finally ending for me. I met my wife, got engaged, and eventually married during a point of transition (the Mastiff, Yeller, had just died). Throw in the birth of both of my kids, my wife being a cat person, and life in a condo for a few years, a dog hasn't happened. We do have two cats. While being older, they are two of the most tolerant and friendly cats you will meet.

Anyway, looking forward to rejoining dog world again, and looking forward to any tips or advice that is passed along.

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Welcome to the BW pack!

- Beagles are ruled by their nose. If hey get on a scent, they go deaf as a post. So a leash and a fenced in yard are important. You can do without the yard if many walks are planned.
- Obedience Training will be very helpful in bonding.
- When trained, most dogs will obey, beagles will consider request, then make the choice to obey or not.
-As will all pups, if you don't want it chewed, don't leave it out where they can get to it.

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Welcome to the Beagle World - and the world of beagles. You are in for the adventure of your life.

I'm one of the rarities here, as I do breed some of my dogs occasionally - and I have 9 beagles - all of whom are first and foremost, beloved pets - and most are spayed or neutered - we THINK we're expecting a new litter in early October. Unfortunately, it's difficult to tell for sure until they're about 6-7 weeks along. This will be JoJo's third and probably last litter (if she is, in fact, pregnant). Both JoJo and Tanna are from long lines of field and international field champions.

That said, I'm going to share something with you that I give to everyone who is interested in one of my pups - and also give you a link to a site that has lot of very good information about beagles. I wish someone had educated ME about beagles before I got my first one 8 years ago. Like you'd I'd had many other dogs and breeds over the years and I was 60 when I bought my first beagle for my granddaughter.

We look forward to hearing all about you and your new furkid and to seeing LOTS of pictures.

This is a document that I give to everyone that is interested in buying a beagle puppy from me. It's a 'work in progress' - but I wish I'd had this information BEFORE I got my first beagle puppy almost 8 years ago!


So you think you want a beagle?

Before deciding that you just “have to have” one of these adorable puppies, please consider that you are making a “life-time commitment” to this little canine friendBefore making this commitment, please ask yourself a few questions.

The average life-span of a beagle is 12-15 years – assuming that all goes well and it doesn’t develop a serious illness or meet with an unfortunate accident. Are you willing to make a commitment to this little one?
Can you afford vet care? The minimum requirements are for yearly shots and exams, which alone can present you with “healthy bills” from the vet. My bills for the vet usually average $100. We won’t mention those “unforeseen” things, ear infections, accidents, etc., which can add up quickly.
Food is another BIG item. Your puppy has special needs. The pups in my home are weaned to Nutro Natural Choice Puppy Food. It is a very good quality dog food – which means it is not cheap. By the time you get your puppy (at roughly 8-10 weeks of age), he/she will still need to be fed 3-4 times a day. Your puppy will also need fresh clean water available at all times. You CAN buy cheaper puppy food, but in the long run, you and your dog will be better off with good quality food. You will need to feed less than of a cheaper brand, and because it’s more digestible, there is less “waste” – so less “clean up” with good quality food. I do NOT recommend canned foods, as they are not good for their teeth. Dry kibble is much better for them.
Are you willing to spend time training your puppy? All puppies need training – and beagles perhaps more than other breeds. While it’s EASY to fall in love with a beagle puppy, they CAN (and usually are) DIFFICULT dogs to “housetrain”. Hounds in many ways are unlike other dogs you may have had who were completely “potty trained” by the age of 3 months. You will find FEW beagles that are totally “housetrained” by 3 months, perhaps even 6 months. Are you willing to put the time into working with your puppy? If you’re NOT, then stop right now, because it is a time-consuming process.
MY first beagle was a total surprise and very difficult for me. I knew nothing about this wonderful breed – except that they were “cute” and “cuddly”. Beagles, like other hounds, are STUBBORN and more “independent” than many other breeds. They are led by their noses. This is why beagles are NEVER left off-leash unless they’re HUNTING (which is what they were bred to do). If you want a beagle as a pet, then PLEASE make sure you have a safe, secure fenced yard for him/her.
Do you have a place for a puppy where he/she will be safe while you’re away at work? Puppies – all puppies are destructive! You have to accept that and make your home as “puppy proof” (safe for them) as possible. Puppies LOVE shoes – and telephone cords, and electrical cords, so these things need to be out of puppy’s reach – because if it’s “there, they will chew”. If you have a “safe” room where puppy can’t chew things – such as a kitchen or bath that can be closed off, that will work, but I’ve known (and loved) pups who have chewed walls, so I prefer using a “crate” or “kennel” when I’m away. I’m fortunate with my job, I live close enough that I can run home at noon and let pups out for some play/exercise time. Years ago I would have said that was “cruel” – and it would be if you leave them in it all the time. It is their “den” – or safe place for them if you can’t be supervising them every minute. Even my dogs that have the run of the house will often go into an empty crate/kennel for a nap. IF you get a puppy from me, it will be accustomed to a crate from an early age, which makes it MUCH easier for YOU as a new owner.
There are several words that beagles do NOT like, among them “come” if they’re hot on the trail of something good. “No” is also a naughty word for beagles. I don’t want to discourage you – but if you’re considering a beagle puppy, you should be aware that they can be and often are STUBBORN. I suggest a good “Puppy Kindergarten” to get him/her started right. The key to beagle training is consistency (and TREATS) – beagles will do ANYTHING for treats. More about that later.
IF you get a puppy from me, he/she will have been born into a loving home environment with lots of love and socializing. I am not a “big breeder” with dozens of dogs, my pups are born right here in my family room, where I spend most of MY waking hours when not at work. They get a lot of handling and a lot of love. This is very important to making a good dog! He/she will also come with a “puppy kit” to get you started. These puppies are from excellent field champion lines and the litter is AKC registered. You will be furnished with the paperwork to register YOUR puppy. I have registered the litter, but registering your pup is your responsibility. I suggest that you do so as soon as possible, if you have any intentions of using your dog for field trials (their paternal grandparents are both International Field Champs), or for other AKC events they will need the AKC registration.
Beagles are “pack” animals, and do much better if they have other dogs in their pack.
IF you decide on a beagle puppy, and something happens that you cannot keep him, then he is to be returned to me for re-homing. I do NOT want one of these puppies to ever wind up in a shelter or rescue. I know that circumstances can change and you may not be in a position to keep your puppy – in that case, call me, and I will take the pup back. These are very special puppies, from very special lines and deserve a special home.
I will ALWAYS be available to answer questions for you and to help in anyway that I can with your puppy.


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Hi welcome. SOme links for you. Involve the entire family with the training expacilly the bite inhibition. Know you vaccines, the better eduucatied you are the less issues your adult dog will have. Be paitenent and consistant. FInd a positive trainer. Understand your puppy contract. the main attraction should be the return clause, your beagle should never have to be rehomed, in the unfortinite case it does it should be returned to the breeder for proper future placement. As well as each heriditary health issue should be spelled out in the contract. Responsible breeders work very hard to breed away from health issues. Even then they can still show up. So each is defined in the contract with specific information on the breeders responsiblity and the owners responbility. It should be life long and never a replacement puppy being offered. It will be very specific in regards to refunds/medical expensies ect. Read it, dont skim it. Spay neuter contract ect.

Can't wait for pictures. Beagle pups are the cutest. Congrats, sounds like you will be very happy.
Your New Puppy


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