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I have been bored today and was looking at some breeder websites (would never buy one but I love looking at the puppies). One site kept on and on and on about how her dogs were the best cause she had *breed* the hunter out of her beagles plus she had several *mini* pups (under 8 inches full grown) and also khaki and grey and orange colored pups.

Not that it matters (she hurt my feelings talking about how ticks were ugly and made the pups look dirty) but can you really breed the hunter out of them?
 

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I know the exact site you'r talking about. She also had a little story on her page about how someone'd bought a hunting beagle, then one of hers, and they'd given the hunting beagle away because it was so annoying (since it had all the terrible beagle traits :eyes: ), and kept the beagle she'd bred. The story was actually given as a positive anecdote.

You can breed a lot of the hunter out of beagles, by doing the opposite of what was done when the instinct was bred in. Look for dogs who don't have the strong instinct to sniff and chase, and breed them. Then just keep up the process.
 

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I have no idea whether or not the "hunter" can be bred out of a beagle, or any other dog, for that matter. My question is how she can get full grown beagles to be under 8". That doesn't sound right to me. :heart:
 

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Some breeders attempt to recreate the mythical 'pocket beagles' that Queen Elizabeth (or was it Victoria?) supposedly owned. If there ever were pocket beagles, they do not exist today. Small beagles advertised to be pocket beagles MAY be very inbred to achieve the small size. Inbreeding creates health problems.

I would be suspicious of the claims made by this breeder.
 

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So does inbreeding cause the "unnatural" (to me anyway--LOL) colors?

I love me Silly Lillie and Chloe Wooie, ticks, tonguing and hunting and all!!!!!!!
 

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I would almost like that woman's website just to give her a piece of my mind! But I wont..

I will admit when I first had researched the beagle breed I had been intrigued by the mini pocket beagles but once I found out there was no way to tell if they would be small or not, and that they probably would have health issues related to their size, I quickly realized I didnt want that !

Now as far as AKC goes-- well, my beags are obviously mixes with something else. The 2 are black/white and I have heard them called snoopy beagles, but they don't quite have the long ears though, at least not as long as others. Some days I think they are more beag then others. But to be honest, with how much I love them-who cares what they are mixed with? Their attitudes generally mimic most beagles--they used to do more "arooing" then they do now.. but oh well!

My newest guy Chopper is obviously a lot more beagle then the other 2. He is actually under 15" and smaller.. tri colored, with longer ears.

I am kinda excited to see what the pup mix will be then when Maggie has her pups this week sometime--- between her black and white beauty and Choppers all american Beagle looks /forums/images/%%GRAEMLIN_URL%%/smile.gif
(and he has the tick marks too-and is gorgeous, oh well lady!)
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That lady does need a smack! What she has bred is mutts pure and simple. And while there is nothing wrong with mutts the fact that this lady is proud of breeding mutts when the shelters are full of em makes my blood boil. Ticking is beautiful and natural. I guess my Callie is as close to a pocket beagle as your gonna get, but I bet she is not a pure beagle. Her lemon colouring and small size make everyone say "I want a Callie" when we take her for home visits for adoptive families. I could very easily see how Pocket Beagles would be very appealing if they existed today.

I sure do hate the "look what I can breed" mentality.
 

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It's sad to hear about breeders who go for "looks" instead of appreciating that all dogs can be wonderful with the right care. What's cool about dogs is not making them to our liking, but actually learning to appreciate what's special about them.

Dumb question I know...but what the heck is "ticking?" Would that be the freckles I see on my dogs nose by any chance? I love her freckles!!
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Maggie doesn't have any ticking but I do love that look. I like all the different colors and markings that beagles have. Maggie has all of the beagle hunting traits and I think that is part of what gives her so much personality and spirit. I don't want a docile dog that has no independent spirit. What is the point of breeding a beagle that has no beagle characteristics? Harmony, I absolutely agree with what you said about learning to appreciate the special traits of each dog.
 

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I thought I read on a thread here before that "pocket beagles" were actually just the runts of the litter. Is there truth to that? I agree about the tickings, Fin has them all over his underbelly and he's a field beagle and I find them adorable.
 

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Ticking is the little spots in the white areas of the hair. I've heard them referred to as freckles or even coffee spots. Abby didn't get her tick marks until later on but I think they're adorable.


Quote:Originally posted by Harmony:
It's sad to hear about breeders who go for "looks" instead of appreciating that all dogs can be wonderful with the right care. What's cool about dogs is not making them to our liking, but actually learning to appreciate what's special about them.

Dumb question I know...but what the heck is "ticking?" Would that be the freckles I see on my dogs nose by any chance? I love her freckles!!
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I think that a beagle is like a child, alot is in how you raise them...we dont know suzys background, but she loves to howl, chase the cat and smell. Does that mean she isnt a good house dog, no, just makes her unique. Even after a week with her I wouldnt give her away. Plus suzy DOES have three ticks on each leg, and I LOVE THEM!!! :biglaugh:
As for the mini beagles, mom REALLY wanted one because they are small and cute, but after we got suzy I havent heard A WORD about mini beagles. Also I cant imagine playing with monkey and her not bodyslamming me in the leg, then I wouldnt have a little football player!!
 

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Since Lucky is mostly white, I can see all the ticking all over him! I love it! /forums/images/%%GRAEMLIN_URL%%/smile.gif
 
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