Timing is critical in regard to the price of a Beagle puppy. There is a very small window of time in which pricing can be top dollar. Top, reputable breeders may take deposits on litters not even born yet, however once the pups reach the age
of 8 weeks old, the price usually takes a dramatic drop.
There is that notion that a Beagle puppy (or any other breed for that matter) “must be” 2 months old when purchased. Therefore, an unsold pup that is 9, 10, or even 11 weeks old will most likely be sold for much less money than his younger counterpart. If a person locates an ethical breeder of quality pups and does not mind having a pup that is a tad older than planned, this can lower the coat by hundreds of dollars.
Alternatively another route is to think about bringing in a retired Beagle. For health reasons, female should generally be retired from breeding programs by age 7, and many are pulled even younger for various factors. Sometimes, they are placed in new homes at this time. If a person is open to the idea of having an older dog, pricing can be cut in half. This is a good choice for those who want to bypass the housebreaking phase and in many cases, have a Beagle that already knows his commands.
Breeder VS Rescue VS Shelter
Rescues or shelters are options and there are some things to consider. There are purebreds at shelters, in fact it was recently revealed that a bit over 30% of dogs in shelters were purebreds. There is a misconception that all abandoned or surrendered dogs have behavioral problems, the truth is that some do and some do not.
It is true that some are taken away or surrendered due to abuse or neglect and this can cause behavioral issues; however others become lost, some end up in a kennel due to owners who could not handle daily care, and other various reasons that have no impact on the physical or emotional health of the dog.
Reputable shelters will give potential new owners an analysis of the dog. They will let people know if there are any behaviors
or intolerance issues to be aware of. And sometimes this all works out in the best interest of the Beagle. For example, we were just contacted by someone who found an adorable 7 year old Beagle at a local shelter. The cost of adopting him was tempting, a little over $200 and those puppy dog eyes were even more tempting. He was told that the dog tended to bark and howl
quite a bit…one of the main reasons that he was under their care.
The previous owner lived in an apartment
and was gone for most of the day… surely not a good situation for the dog (or the neighbors) as he barked almost non-stop for most of the day light hours. However, the man who found this Beagle was retired. He lived on 3 acres of land and one of his hobbies was to hike through the adjoining forest and fields. He had the exact type of home and environment that the Beagle needed: He would be a companion for the Beagle for the majority of the time, giving the Beagle little reason to bark due to Separation Anxiety