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Beagle Breeders: Dog Eat Dog Competition

Jan 22, 2008
Good Beagle breeders ensure the well being of their Beagles. Though making a profit motivates many breeders, the best also care for the breed they produce. The subject of this article is finding good Beagle breeders and learning how to avoid bad breeders.

A breeder is anyone who breeds animals. Purebred breeders mate specific breeds. Breeders want to be deemed reputable. Many maintain kennels where they house and care for their breed. Beagle breeders must be knowledgeable of Beagle information. The breed dates back to 19th century England. Beagles are thought to have descended from the "Harrier," a medium sized English hound used for hunting. Beagles were officially registered as a breed with the American Kennel Club in 1885.

Beagles can have problems with their pendulous ears as moisture and bacteria can collect if the dog is not groomed regularly. Beagles also have a history of conditions such as cataracts, congenital heart conditions and degenerative spine disease. Because of the breed's popularity, many are caged in puppy mills where they are forced to breed constantly. They are not socialized and resulting litters suffer due to the mother's declining health. Over-breeding causes a degeneration of the gene pool.

Beagle breeders can be good or bad. There are some sure-fire ways to discern between the two. Good breeders are be backed up by references, which they should be able to provide on demand. Word of mouth is a good way to get a general idea of a breeder's reputation. Specifics of a good breeder are as follows: They have their own kennels. Their Beagles have received appropriate medical screening and immunizations. Their dogs may have been spayed or neutered prior to sale. They do not breed Beagles with known medical conditions or behavioral problems. They do not sell puppies to pet stores or pet brokers. The kennels are clean and meet the Beagles' basic and social needs. Breeders are experts on their breed and are affiliated with Beagle rescue. Breeders have good references such as the AKC (American Kennel Club). Most importantly: breeders love their Beagles! Genuine affection for the breed is a must-have in a successful breeder.

Research Beagle breeders thoroughly before choosing one to buy your Beagle from. A good place to start your research is the American Kennel Club's website. Though the AKC cannot specifically endorse the breeders it lists, its subsidiary AKC Parent Clubs can recommend local breeders in each state. Contact phone numbers and other information for breeders are available on the AKC's site.

Make sure to list specific questions before contacting the breeder. Also visit the facility or kennel if possible to make sure your potential Beagle has been raised in appropriate conditions. Does the breeder offer a warranty and/or return policy? Is medical documentation available? You may also want to ask about rescued Beagles. These are usually adult Beagles who have suffered trauma such as abandonment and neglect. They are less expensive but purebred, though complete lineage information may not be available.

You will be able to enjoy your Beagle for the next ten to fifteen years. Make sure he is a healthy Beagle raised appropriately by a reputable breeder.
About the Author
The owner of two cats, Michelle Adams supports PETA and the ASPCA and also reports illicit Beagle breeders and other illegitimate breeders. It is important to know how to locate good Beagle breeders . This article provides Beagle information and explains the difference between good and bad Beagle breeders.
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