The next thing you need to do is be real honest with yourself about what you hope to get out of your new beagle. Are you looking for a family pet that will tolerate the unintended abuse of small children? Do you want to become a rabbit hunter? How about going to field trials or dog shows? Do you prefer a dog that needs to be under foot or right against you at all times? Maybe you have aspirations of becoming a breeder yourself. As mentioned earlier every beagle has his own personality. Your breeder can advise you on which puppies are more likely to be suitable for your purpose.
Additionally I want you to make sure you find a breeder you relate to. Your breeder will be an invaluable source of information. He knows the breed, he’s probably been involved with beagles for many years. He’s seen the parents, the grandparents, and likely even the great grandparents of your puppy develop. He know what to expect from the pup. It’s his job and duty to try and match your wants and goals with the right beagle puppy.
Here are a few things I look for in beagle puppies. For the sake of brevity I’m going to only discuss the phenotype (or things you can see with the eyes.) I’ll expand to the genotype (or the things you can’t see in a different E-book.) I do this with hesitation as your goals in choosing a new puppy will likely be different than mine.
The first thing I look for is a happy pup. A pup that wags his tail in earnest suits me best. A happy tailed puppy will usually make a merry beagle and a merry beagle brings joy to the heart. It may be difficult to see this if the pup is not in an environment he is accustomed to. Often a small pup will appear timid the first few times they are removed from momma and their safe whelping box.
Next I just look for a puppy I like. Often it’s the puppy that comes to me to be petted or check me out. I’ve seen it many times, it’s not at all uncommon for the puppy pick you and not the other way around.
Finally, they day you bring the puppy home he will immediately bond to you. He will naturally be scared and unsure of his new environment. This is not necessarily the time and place to go “showing off” your new puppy. He is going to need some time to feel safe with you. This time is different for every puppy. Just give him time till he gets his confidence back.
One other piece of advise. While the puppies breeder will likely have done everything possible to insure the pup is off to a good start with whatever vaccines he feels is in the best interest of the puppy, the immune system of the a puppy is still very fragile. Now is not the time to take your new pup to the dog park or pet mega store. I know you want to take your pup to town or to places where dogs visit but now is not the time. Your pup is going to need time to develop his immune system. Your Vet will be of help with this but I want you to really consider the risk of taking a small pup to the vet, the very place where sick dogs are present. I”m not going to discuss the exact vaccination schedule here but I will in my next E-Book. When it’s available you will find it here.