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Beagle Breeders: The Importance Of Doing Your Research

May 26, 2008
There is a growing epidemic in this country. A recent spike in the popularity of beagles has led to the rise of a great many dishonest beagle breeders who run puppy mills to meet the growing demand for these sweet little dogs. These puppy mills, as a general rule, supply the majority of pet stores in this country; which is why many would-be beagle owners wind up taking sick or dying dogs home with them.

For anyone that is a would-be beagle owner, it is absolutely vital that you understand the conditions that these puppy mills breed their dogs into. Even the most inexperienced beagle breeder would be horrified to learn how rarely new blood is brought into these mills, and at how often the bitches are forced to be bred. In this article, I will attempt to show you why it is so important that you only purchase a beagle from a well-respected beagle breeder, as opposed to a pet store that is most likely supplied by one of these puppy mills.

When an honest beagle breeder sets about to have a new litter, the female used must first undergo a series of medical tests and examinations to ensure that she is healthy enough to produce a live litter of pups. This is especially true for any female that has already been bred.

One of the most common practices of the dishonest beagle breeder is the practice of interbreeding several generations together, without bringing in any new blood. This only serves to enhance the genetic health issues that plague this breed.

Also, the beagle breed is quite prone to certain genetic health defects that have been caused by the previous interbreeding policies of so many unscrupulous beagle breeders. The pups that result from a puppy mill are often the offspring of several generations that have been bred together to create more pups quickly. Very rarely is new blood brought into a puppy mill. This interbreeding accounts for a great many of the health problems faced by even honest breeders.

In order to ensure that you are not helping to put money into the pocket of a dishonest beagle breeder, it is important that you stay away from buying a beagle at your local pet store. Even if the pet storeowner has the best of intentions as far as not trying to buy pups from these breeders, most of them are still only concerned for the supply and demand that has arisen from the growing popularity of this little dog.

You can help to put the puppy mills and the dishonest beagle breeder out of business, simply by refusing to purchase any pup from a pet store.

If you know that you are ready to give one of these wonderful little dogs the love and care they deserve, talk to your vet about some of the respected beagle breeders in your area.
About the Author
Michelle Adams is an avid lover of the Beagle and has a popular website where you'll discover how to have a happy, healthy and well behaved Beagle . Among other topics at this website, you will find out more about Beagle Breeders plus a whole lot more.
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