I am looking at buying a beagle on the web. I found a site where they have absolutely amazing beagles for sale, almost too nice to be true. The site is acting has a reseller, therefore, it does not reveal the name of the breeder. They operate under beaglebreeder.com and they have many more banners like floridabeaglebreeder.com indiannabeaglebreeder.com and so on.
Has anyone ever done business with them ? How can I be sure I will get the beagle that was on the picture when they send the pupp to me ?
I would be extraordinarily skeptical of something like this. Personally, I would never, ever buy a dog sight unseen over the Web from a breeder who I had never heard of, never talked to, never visited and knew nothing about. If you don't mind me saying so, my gut instinct says either scam or a front for puppy mill operations.
You absolutely don't want to give money to a puppy mill or buy a dog with genetic problems. Really, if you can't talk personally with the breeder, get a pedigree, records of vaccinations and good solid positive references about that breeder from known reputable sources, clubs or individuals, don't even think about it.
Thanks for your answer. We phoned the company www.torontobeaglebreeders.com (they also operate under basically all the major city names) and got more informations.
They accept to put you in contact with the breeder via a conference call. The breeder told us they were living on a farm in St-Louis and they had 4 beagles. You can arrange to pick up the pupp yourself once you have paid. They are asking $ 1 250 for their beagles. The pictures they post on the internet of the puppies you tend to think you are buying pupps of UNO... The breeder sent us pictures of the sire and dam and it is hard to imagine the puppy posted on the internet was from those dogs.
So for conclusion, I think they don't sell dogs from puppymills but they definitely are asking the big price for dogs that are probabably worth 1/4 of it.
I can easily imagine Uno's pups going for $1250, but I'd insist on seeing papers first. Uno and his sire, Parker, certainly have the credentials to command top-dollar price. The female line, though, is just as important, so I'd check that pretty throughly too before paying that kind of money.
Our current beagle, Mable, is the granddaughter of Parker and the niece of Uno. We bought her directly from one of the breeders associated with both Parker and Uno, but we got her before either had hit the beagle big time, and she still cost $800.
Just be sure what you're doing. I don't want to discourage you, but what you've described just sounds a little odd. If the asking price was several hundred dollars less, and if the sire wasn't claimed to be Uno, and if you were just looking for a great pet, I'd still be careful, but it would sound more realistic. Just for comparison, when we bought Mable, the breeder insisted on actually interviewing us before she would even consider selling us a pup.
On the other hand, a good breeder with good pups always has to worry about selling all the pups before they get too old, so there's some pressure on them. I can imagine a breeder enlisting the help of a middleman who would charge a fee, then put the buyer in direct contact with the breeder once he'd gotten his cut.
We don't show our dog and I'm no expert on these things, so who knows — it just might be legitimate. Their Web site does say all the right things regarding ethics. Like I said, I'd just suggest checking everything you can first. Buying the pup without having seen her or her papers, though, would make me very nervous. Good luck, though!
It would be a good idea to pay the breeder a visit if you really want to be sure that you get what you are paying for. oftentimes the internet has become a lair for scammers. Better be sure than sorry.
I agree with the comments. I am a beagle breeder in Canada. I make sure of all the health history of the registered beagle before the breeding takes place. The average amount is about $800 for a good beagle. Yet I heard someone got one from a pet store in the last month for over $1000!..and no papers. That is ridiculous.
You ALWAYS want to speak with the breeder. They should show you pictures of the parents if it is over the internet. If possible you should visit the kennel and see at least one of the parents. Most breeders have web sites.
I have a prospective owner questionaire and criteria before I will even consider a request. We have a contract for each beagle with a health guarantee. YOu really need to watch if you can't contact the breeder.
I have 5 male AKC registered beagle pups for sale here in GA. Sire and Dam on site and Field Champion bloodlines. They were born Aug 4. Asking $200 each pup. Email is [email protected] if you're interested. Anthony Mask, Covington, GA
If not sure of the breeder online then do what I did. I bought Niko off line but I ran the breeder under Better Business Bureau to make sure they were legit. They were and after much talking with them on the phone and photo swaps as well a guarantee that if I was not happy with my beagle puppy within 24hrs they had to take him. I really made sure I did my homework. There are FAR too many puppymills and fakes out there. If it seems too good to be true THAN IT IS. After I seen Niko---the rest is history. It is now 4.5 years later and I wouldn't trade him for the world. As they say....he is PRICELESS!
Did you know that Uno is sterile. How's that for a bummer. I bought one dog that had ancestors that came from the Lambur Kennels, where some of Uno's ancestors were bred. She had a neurological problem and almost killed our male Beagle. We had to rehome her. Research how to temperament test a dog and consider a rescue. There are many available. Our local Humane Society says they get more Beagles than any other purebred dog. Folks don't understand that they aren't little lap dogs, but independent hunters, with the biggest and most voices in the dog world.
Why not check out a Beagle rescue group. The one here in AZ fosters all dogs. They get some training and the fosterers know the temperament. They do home visits. More particular than some human foster arrangements. I have three rescued Beagles, one has papers, the other two don't and they are better looking. All are sweet, independent hounds.