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Beagle breeders: Where to find

The history of the breed of dog called the Beagle is largely unknown. Some say the breed dates back to 200 A.D. Others believe the Beagle descends from 19th century English "Harriers," which are a breed of medium sized English hounds. The breed began to be referred to as "Beagle" in the 1800s and was registered with the American Kennel Club in 1885. Their popularity has raised demand for purebred Beagles. A side effect is that there are both reputable and disreputable Beagle breeders attempting to profit from the sale of purebred puppies.

The subject of this article is finding good Beagle breeders and learning how to avoid bad breeders. Good Beagle breeders ensure the well being of their Beagles. They set up kennels to care for the breed they produce. They care about their reputation. Bad breeders set up puppy mills where they over-breed Beagles without regard to comfort or happiness.

Good Beagle breeders ensure the well being of their Beagles. Though making a profit is the motive for 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.

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.

Bad breeders can usually be discovered by word of mouth. They may not be versed on even basic Beagle information. Many illegitimate breeders have entered the computer age and use the Web to advertise. Some sites offer "next day" puppy processing which is a sure sign of a bogus business. It is important to report unethical breeders.

Research Beagle breedersthoroughly 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.

It is important to contact the Beagle breeder and ask specific questions before buying. Does the breeder offer a warranty and/or return policy? Is medical documentation available? What other Beagle information can the breeder provide? You may also want to ask about rescued Beagles. These are usually adult Beagles who have suffered trauma such as abandonment and neglect.

If possible, visit the kennel to make sure your potential Beagle has been raised appropriately.

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