Before buying your puppy, ask yourself why you want one? Are
you prepared for the responsibility that goes with owning a dog?
Who is the puppy for? Never buy a puppy for just one of your
children. The dog you buy must be looked on as a family pet.
Everybody must take responsibility for the care of the dog. It
is unrealistic to think a young child will take responsibility
for the puppy and for cleaning up after it!
Some breeders may not sell to couples that work, so if you
both work long hours and are not home very often, it is worth
considering whether you really do want a dog and if you have the
time required to devote to it. If you are garden proud, you must
also consider whether you want a dog. Most puppies will chew
plants and dig the garden given half a chance.
your puppy or dog from a reputable breeder is of utmost
importance. A reputable breeder will spend some time finding out
if the prospective buyer and his home are suitable for a beagle,
so please do not object to a lot of questions which are to
satisfy the breeder that his puppies are not being purchased for
breeding (unless discussed with and approved by the breeder
beforehand) or re-sale to research or the export market.
Your puppy's breeder should be able to show you the kind of
environment in which your puppy was raised, your puppy's dam
(mother), littermates and occasionally the sire (father). The
breeder should also supply you with information about feeding,
grooming, veterinary care (including vaccination details and
future needs) and your puppy's registration certificate with the
State's controlling body or a copy of its pedigree. If any
problems arise at any time in the future, your dog's breeder
should be available for consultation.
You will not be able to purchase a puppy until it is at least
8 weeks of age, but most breeders will let you see the puppies
at 6 or 7 weeks. Sometimes you may not get to choose between a
whole litter, this will depend on other commitments the breeder
has to fulfil.
There is something magical about owning a beagle. Their
antics never cease to amuse you. They are loving, happy little
hounds with personality plus, people seem to love them or hate
them. But the saying goes that if you have managed to live with
a beagle for two years, you will never want to own another
It is always difficult to predict as prices are constantly
spiralling - kennelling, feeding, and veterinary fees etc.
However, purely as a guide, one should expect to pay between
$1000 and $1700 for a pedigree pet puppy at eight weeks of age. A
potential show dog could cost considerably more. Prospective
puppy buyers should ensure that the price includes the first
needle, microchip and that the puppy has been correctly wormed.
If you wish to show your beagle it will be necessary for you to
join the Royal NSW Canine Council. They will be pleased to
forward the relevant information and application forms to you
(address & phone No's follow).
Dogs NSW (The Royal New South Wales Canine Council)
PO Box 632
St Marys NSW 2760
Phone : (02) 9834 3022 or 1300 728 022
Fax : (02) 9834 3872
If there is anything more you wish to know about either the
breed or the Club, please do not hesitate to get in touch with
the Breed Enquiry Officer, Nancye on 02 6227 1255 or by