Do you ship your puppies?
Unfortunately, no. We want to meet the people we are entrusting with our puppy, and give them the opportunity to meet us. These pups are raised next to my bed for the first 4 weeks, and in my family room for another 4 weeks. They are special to me. As such, I am not going to send them off, alone. People out of State normally fly in and take the puppy home in the cabin with them, or drive in.
Are these hunting dogs?
We do not sell them to hunt. These are bred to be companions and would much rather hangout with the family than go traipsing through the brush. They are from show lines and do not have the "bay" (bark) required for hunting.
Do Beagles shed?
Yes. You will find hair on your couch.
Are Beagles Noisy?
They are from show lines so do not have the loud booming voice of a hunting Beagle. If they are trained not to bark, they won't.... if they are passively left alone to bark then they will. Training and discipline is important to prevent any behavior issue.
Can Beagles be let out without a leash?
No. Although they are not hunters, they will track. They will follow their nose into whatever trouble awaits. They should always be on a leash when outside you home or fenced yard.
Are they easy to train?
That answer depends on how committed you are. These are smart dogs.... never let them convince you they aren't. They are thinkers. As such, you have to be one step ahead of them. They will learn what you want in two minutes, and then spend the rest of their lives trying to find ways not to do it. They are Hounds..... you have to have a sense of humor to appreciate their antics. They easily get performance titles..... but you will have to not expect perfection, and enjoy their way of doing things for you.
Do we only sell to show homes?
No! Our show dogs are also family pets! Many people buy their pups to be their buddies, but enjoy either having the dog shown to it's Championship, or going to the shows and enjoying doing a family event that includes their dog. We don't charge extra to show your dog for you. But the MOST important thing we want is for our pups to go to homes where they are part of the family.
Do you sell/have "Pocket Beagles?"
Pocket beagles were bred in the 1300s and 1400s and were said to be about 9" at the withers (shoulder). There is no such thing as a modern-day pocket beagle and in fact, the term "pocket beagle" has become synonymous with poor quality puppies bred for the pet market, and often sold to pet shops. Reputable (U.S.) breeders breed according to the Standard defined by the American Kennel Club, which includes two height varieties: not exceeding 13" at the withers, and not exceeding 15". The light bones, high ear sets, and toyish heads that tend to go along with very small sized beagles are listed as faults.
In addition to not breeding according to the standard, the majority of "pocket beagle" breeders inbreed to produce the smaller size or have introduced Mini Dachshunds to further reduce size. You will see this if you see puppies listed as "pocket beagles" that are merle or blue with blue eyes. This is NOT desirable and frankly, you are paying a premium price for a Mutt. These dogs may be registered with unknown registries. They most likely will not resemble a beagle as adults.
If you still want a small beagle, then consider the option of adopting a fully grown adult from a rescue or the pound. Most beagles are fully grown by about1-1/2 years, and breeders can usually tell by about 8 months if a beagle will remain under 13".