Frequently asked questions.
Q: How do I get on your waiting list?
A: To get on our waiting list, you will first have to complete an application that determines your suitability as a potential Beagle owner. If you are experienced, responsible, and are dedicated to loving, protecting, and caring for a Beagle throughout its life, you should have no problem passing this initial screening. We then encourage you to then build a relationship with us to help us better determine your suitability as a potential home for one of our puppies. We do not breed often and always have a long waiting list, often creating a waiting period of 6-12 months or more. Building a relationship with us gains our trust that you will provide a long, forever home to one of our puppies and gives insight onto which puppy might be the best fit for your lifestyle. We do not guarantee a puppy from a certain litter to anyone until they are at least a few weeks old when we can better assess appropriate family-dog matches.
Q: Do you require a deposit to reserve a puppy?
A: No, our main concern is making sure you're 100% comfortable with your puppy and with the timing of bringing a new puppy into your household. After you pass our screening and we determine you are a good fit for one of our puppies, we invite you to participate in our Puppy Play Days so we may determine which puppy is the best fit for your family.
Q: How much do your puppies cost?
A: The price for a puppy is $2,500. This price is comparable with many reputable breeders in the region and reflects the time, energy, and money we spend to produce a healthy litter. For us, breeding dogs typically includes the expense of either shipping our bitches or shipping semen from out of state, a stud fee, supplies and equipment, health testing, and veterinary bills such as ultrasounds, x-rays, cesarean sections, vaccinations, microchips, dew-clawing, and wellness check-ups.
Q: Do you ship your puppies?
A: No, even though we regard airline shipping as a safe practice, all puppies must be picked up in person at time of sale. This gives you an opportunity to meet us and the dam and see your puppy's living conditions prior to taking your puppy home and ensures the puppy reaches you safely.
Q: At what age do you place your puppies?
A: We place our puppies at 8 weeks of age. We feel this is a opportune time to start the bonding and training process and gives them a head-start on becoming accustom to new habits and routines, away from their litter-mates.
Q: Do you allow families to see the puppies before deciding to get one?
A: We only allow families who have completed and passed a full evaluation and have developed a trusting relationship with us to view our dogs. If you get to this point and we potentially have a puppy available for you, we will invite you and your family to come by for a Puppy Play Day (likely between 6-8 weeks) where you may visit us, the dam and puppies.
Q: How do you decide who gets which puppy?
A: After we've gathered our pool of qualified potential puppy owners and chosen which puppy we will keep, we then make our selections based off which puppy we feel is best fit for each family. Some of the factors we consider when placing puppies include the following:
Type and size of home
Age and experience of family members
Plans for the new puppy
Q: Do you test your dogs for genetic diseases and disorders?
A: Absolutely. Protecting health is at the forefront of our breeding program. Our dogs are tested for the OFA-CHIC recommended health tests (and then some) before breeding:
Factor VII Deficiency
Heritable Eye Disease
And sometimes also Hypothyroidism, Pyruvate Kinase Deficiency, Progressive Retinal Atrophy, and color testing as desired/needed
If you have questions about these conditions, please refer to the OFA Website and Aladar Beagles for additional information.