While no one can deny that the Beagle breed is one of the most beautiful, loyal and wonderful dogs for families of all sizes (after all, that's why we are here... we are devoted to the Beagle breed), there are good reasons to adopt a dog from a shelter... whether you are lucky enough to locate a purebred or you opt for a mixed dog:
1) You can by-pass the puppy stage -
The majority of dogs in need of adoption are older. This generally means that you will be able to enjoy dog ownership while skipping the hyper and active puppy stage. In addition, while it is not a 'given' many of those older dogs will also have some sort of housebreaking
2) The initial cost is lower
- Purebred dogs, particularly those of 'show dog' quality can be quite expensive. The cost does depend on the location (supply vs demand) and can also fluctuate seasonally. In general, a Beagle puppy will range from $500 to upward of close to 2K and adopting a Beagle or a Beagle mix from a shelter typically will come with a fee under $200. In addition, all shots will be up-to-date and in most cases spaying/neutering will have been done, which saves you even more money.
You are saving a life
- There are essentially 2 types of dog shelters: kill and no-kill. Those that euthanize dogs, do so when a certain amount of time goes by with an adoption taking place. No-kill shelters rely on volunteers that foster dogs indefinitely until a suitable family can be found. Those that are fostered may sometimes need to be living with many other dogs, without an abundance of one-on-one time with owners.
For those unfortunate enough to be in kill shelters, the statistics are grim... Each year in the US, 3.9 million dogs enter shelters and of those, 1.2 million are euthanized. When you adopt a Beagle mix or any other type of dog, you are literally rescuing him (you're a hero!) and giving him/ her a chance to enjoy their life.