Beagles are very popular dogs in the US. The breed currently ranks 7th in The American Kennel Club’s (AKC) Rankings.
Their appeal stems from their appearance, moderate size, low grooming needs, and soulful eyes.
However, many Beagles end up in shelters because their owners are overwhelmed by the challenges that caring for these dogs brings especially for people who bought Beagle pups on impulse without carefully considering several important factors about the breed.
In this blog post, we’ll discuss what it takes to buy a beagle from a U.S. breeder and what that might cost you.
Beagle Puppy Prices
Beagle prices vary depending on the breeder, but the average price for a Beagle puppy from a U.S. breeder is around $1,000-$1,500, with the most expensive being around $2,000.
On occasion, some breeders will charge more than that amount because their dogs have champion bloodlines or specialized training.
We have compiled a list of 10 different breeders from around the US with prices from their latest litters.
As you can see, I couldn’t even find the state on some “breeder” websites.
What does this indicate?
It’s a big fat “SCAM” that they have tattooed on their forehead. Of course, just because the state isn’t mentioned on social or the website doesn’t mean it’s a 100% a scam, but the odds are high.
What’s funny is that the alleged scam breeders either have ultra low pricing or ridiculous price ranges (e.g. pricing for different coloration, gender, etc.).
Vice versa, just because a breeder mentions the state and a correct price, is by no means a sign that they’re legitimate. Keep reading to find out what questions you absolutely have to ask the breeder.
Note: I’ve removed all kennel/breeder names as to not encourage any one of them in any way. Do your due diligence.
Beagle Adoption Prices
If you’re thinking about sharing your life and home with a Beagle, why not consider adopting one?
There are just so many beagles of all ages waiting for somebody to come along and bring them to their forever home.
In terms of the price, adopting a Beagle is way lower than buying a pup from a breeder.
But potential owners will still have to undergo a process to make sure that you are a perfect fit.
The average cost of adopting a Beagle is between $250 to $500.
You can find Beagles for adoption from shelters and rescue organizations, reputable breeders, and The American Kennel Club (AKC).
There are also websites, like Adopt a Pet, that help Beagle owners and animal shelters find a good home for their dogs.
Are Beagles Expensive Compared To Other Breeds?
Buying a puppy from a reputable Beagle breeder will certainly be costly. However, rest assured that you’re getting your money’s worth.
But why are Beagle puppies so expensive?
Several factors influence the price of a Beagle puppy. These include the pup’s bloodline, registration, veterinary bills, as well as training the pup received from the breeder.
The breeder and their location can also affect the price of the puppies.
The Lineage of the Puppy
A superior lineage can bring the puppy’s price extraordinarily higher than most pups of the same breed.
A pedigreed Beagle puppy means it has been registered and has a certified record of its ancestry.
Having one or more ancestors as champions in prestigious dog shows also contributes to a superior lineage.
The price of a Beagle puppy will also depend on the type of breeder. There are 3 types of dog breeders: puppy mills, pet shops, and professional breeders.
Among these three, a puppy from a professional breeder is understandably more expensive but also the only one you should be getting.
Reputable dog breeders make an effort in maintaining top-of-the-line dogs with excellent care.
Location of the Breeder
The prices of Beagle puppies in small towns and cities tend to be cheaper compared to puppies from breeders in big cities.
Unique Puppy Traits
Unique features in Beagle pups, like blue eyes or different color patches, can make the pup super expensive.
Be aware of breeders that request more money just because one puppy has a more unique appearance.
Health and temperament should always be the most important buying factors.
How Do I Find a Reputable Beagle Breeder?
Dealing with the right breeder is the best way to getting a Beagle puppy. Here are things to keep in mind when looking for a reputable Beagle breeder.
The Beagle breeder should be registered with the American Kennel Club (AKC) or The National Beagle Club of America, Inc.
They are often actively involved in activities that specialize in their specific breed like conformation events, obedience trials, tracking and agility trials, etc.
The Beagle breeder only sells puppies to people they personally meet. They have no qualms about showing you around the kennel so you can see the conditions their dogs are kept in.
This is also an opportunity for you to meet and spend time with the sire and dam as well as the puppies.
With responsible breeding, dogs are healthy, clean, lively, and are eager to interact with visitors.
Responsible Beagle breeders encourage multiple visits from the entire family of potential buyers.
The dogs’ living conditions must be clean and spacious. They should also recognize the importance of and practice the early socialization of puppies.
Physical and psychological needs of their dogs always need to be met by providing appropriate physical and mental stimulation.
They should preferably practice one-female, one-litter per year. They keep only a few breeding stocks and have adequate information about the breed and its requirements.
The Beagle breeder does not support inbreeding.
The breeder offers a guarantee to provide a refund or take the puppy back if the Beagle becomes extremely ill or shows genetic abnormalities within the first year of owning.
The guarantee should also be applicable when the puppy cannot be registered.
They should be interested in your living circumstances, such as if this is your first pet, if you have other pets in the household, your lifestyle, or proof that pets are allowed in your housing accommodations.
A contract for sale should be provided as well as medical information about the sire, dam, grandparents, and puppies, including health and vaccination certificates, hip evaluation certificate from The Orthopedic Foundation for Animals (OFA), ophthalmologist evaluation, and results of a Musladin-Lueke Syndrome (MLS) DNA Test.
The contract should also state that in case you are unable to keep the dog at any stage in the animal’s life, you have the option to return the dog to the breeder.
A responsible breeder will have the breeding stock screened for certain medical conditions such as hip dysplasia, luxating patella, hypothyroidism, eye disorders, and other health problems distinct in the breed.
You should receive the dogs’ certified pedigree and any other important documents without reluctance.
This important document will show you the pup’s lineage up to 4-generations including registered names, registration numbers, and available coat colors for up to a pup’s 30 immediate ancestors.
The breeder should readily offer guidance for the puppy’s care and training before and after purchase.
Ask the breeder for any references such as the names of persons who have previously purchased from them to hear their experiences first hand.
If you want to learn more, check out our guide on what questions to ask your breeder.
What You Need To Know Before Buying a Beagle Pup
Buying a Beagle pup should not be a spur-of-the-moment decision.
There are several factors that need to be taken into consideration before you can finally decide if a Beagle is a good fit for you and your family.
Here are some important things you should know before buying a Beagle pup:
Beagles have an extremely keen sense of smell, thus, many are employed to sniff out explosives, contraband, and even people who may be suffering from cancer.
It’s their remarkable ability to smell that makes them curious about their environment.
Unfortunately, their ‘investigations’ can lead them to places that may be ‘off-limits’ to them.
Taking measures to pet-proof your home won’t completely stop your dog from getting into things and places you don’t want them to so supervision is key.
Know your money’s worth by investing in a healthy Beagle pup from a reputable breeder.
While the price of the puppy will be more expensive compared to puppy farms, you will be able to know everything about the puppy as well as the dam, sire, and grandparents.
You will have important information about the health and hereditary issues of the breed.
Reputable breeders make sure their dogs undergo health screens and they have documents to show the results.
Make sure that the document is issued by an official body or organization or signed by a veterinarian.
Beagles are also highly active dogs.
They need adequate exercise to maintain their body and avoid piling on the pounds.
Regular and mental stimulation are important for Beagles to keep them from becoming bored.
Boredom is a potent fuel for the development of undesirable behaviors including excessive barking, destroying things, chewing on furniture, etc.
Beagles not only bark when they are bursting with pent-up energy but also to warn their humans of perceived threats. They may also bark when they pick up a certain scent.
Beagles are escape artists especially when something outdoors catches their attention. You should be ready to take measures to prevent your Beagle from escaping.
When it comes to grooming, beagles don’t require as much maintenance as some other breeds.
Their double hair coat isn’t too long and doesn’t shed as much. A weekly brush removes any loose hair and keeps the hair coat clean and healthy.
Beagles were bred to hunt in packs thus they love hunting and being in a pack.
These dogs also have a gentle and loving side which makes them ideal dogs for families. Their hunting traits warrant early socialization. Training should start once you bring your Beagle pup home.
All those things will set you up for a happy and long life with your new companion.