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Join Date: Mar 2007
Location: 1A, 1B, 2G & NY 9-J
Re: Five points kennel
Both of the above posters have given you solid information.
If I were to breed beagles specifically for a pet, this is what I would breed for:
A clingy nature as opposed to independent.
Very little nose, since it's their nose that gets them in trouble often.
As little mouth as possible so they won't bother anyone.
Not "bull headed" so they listen better.
All of those traits are the opposite of what is required of a hunting beagle.
A hunting beagle needs to have a good nose, be independent enough to hunt away from you, have enough nose to follow the scent, give plenty of tongue on the trail, and be "bull headed" enough to stick with the trail no matter the distractions.
If I were to start over, I would find a couple of different beaglers in my area who gunhunt over their dogs. Once I determined the style that I wanted, I would watch the sire and dame SOLO. It makes no sense to look at them in a pack if you are only going to run one dog. This has to occur before the puppies are born, with the dame anyway, because the female won't be able to run from a few weeks before birth until after the pups are gone generally.
If I liked what I saw, I would then put in an early deposit to have pick of the litter or close to it. I would pick one of the more bold pups in the litter. I like females myself, but it really doesn't matter.
Now that you have a pup, begin crate training quickly, and begin with simple obedience training until ready for starting (5-7 months old).
Now you have a pet that should be able to run rabbits.
Disclaimer...my post in no way is trying to disparriage the kennel in the original post in any way. Its just in my mind, breeding for pet beagles, show beagles, brace beagles and hunting beagles, you use a different genetic formula to get what you want.
Feel free to pm me if you would like to see some medium to upper medium speed hounds run. I'm in western Erie county. I do not breed or sell beagles.
Good luck whatever you choose.
Lake Effect Beagles
V.P. Presque Isle Beagle club