The name Beagle is believed to have originated through the combination of two French words, “bayer”, meaning to open wide, and “gueule”, which means mouth.
If you have much experience with Beagles, these origins probably don’t surprise you.
Though they’re small and often described as charming, Beagles also have a tendency to be quite talkative.
Like other hounds, early Beagles were used for hunting, a job they still do today. Nowadays, Beagles are also used as scent detection dogs in the US airports because they have powerful noses, but are also unintimidating.
They come in two sizes; one is 13 inches at the shoulder and the other is 15 inches. They weigh around 20-35 pounds, with 13-16 years lifespan.
Beagle Cost Overview
Beagles are one of the most popular dog breeds in the United States, presumably because of their fun, friendly dispositions.
But a sweet personality is not the only thing to consider when you want to own one. There are important cost considerations to be taken before buying it. Aside from the price of acquiring your Beagle in the first place, there are other expenses that you should consider before committing to a new Beagle.
In this article, we’ll be talking about the cost of owning one of these friendly dogs, including the cost of purchasing a Beagle and its accessories, plus the factors that affect the price of Beagles, as well as costs that occur throughout the dog’s lifetime.
Then we’ll finish up with some tips to help you if you decide to buy one.
Cost of Owning a Beagle
Beagle puppies are not difficult to find. They may be acquired from private breeders, rescue shelters, or through pet stores, whether online or at a brick-and-mortar location.
Among the three, shelters are the most affordable, but availability can be limited, especially if you want a Beagle that you can show or breed or have other specific criteria.
On the other hand, reputable private breeders price their puppies higher, but puppies have a pedigree and a guarantee of health.
Purchasing from a pet store falls in between the two in terms of price, but may be risky as these dogs may have health problems due to irresponsible breeding and often aren’t show quality.
- Purchasing fee (if buying from private breeders)
This only applies if you’re purchasing from a breeder or pet store.
Generally, a Beagle can be purchased from $300 to 700 on average, but they may be acquired for as low as $40 and as high as $2,000 or more, depending on the source. The safest option would be to buy from a private breeder.
Puppyfinder.com provides a list of Beagle puppies for sale with prices usually ranging from about $200 to $2,200.
Puppies from reputable breeders should be up to date on their shots and have a health guarantee, and may come with kennel club and breed club registration. The cost for these will be factored into the cost to purchase your puppy.
- Adoption fee (if adopting from shelters)
This, of course, only applies if you adopt a Beagle.
If you adopt a Beagle from a shelter, adoption fees typically cost somewhere between $75 and $250. Adoption fees vary depending on the age and history of the dog, the facility, and the location of the shelter.
While most shelters have a mix of breeds that may or may not include a Beagle, finding a Beagle specific rescue is a great way to make sure you can actually find multiple adoptable Beagles to choose from.
Triangle Beagle Rescue charges an adoption fee of $200 for 9 years old and above adult dogs, $300 for adult dogs under 9 years, and $350 for puppies below one year.
These adoption fees, and those from most shelters, also include the cost of other necessities such as medical services, neuter or spaying, microchipping, vaccination, and more.
Minor but necessary items that go with adopting a puppy are the collar and ID tag. Sometimes, they are included in the adoption fee.
Adopting from the pound is often cheaper than adopting from shelters.
Factors that Affect Pricing of Beagle
- Location – The area in which the breeder or rescue is can significantly affect price. For example, Beagles are more expensive in states with fewer breeders compared to the number of people who want Beagles, and in some areas everything just costs more, including dogs.
- Age – Most people want Beagle puppies younger than 8 months old, so they’re more expensive.
- Source – As mentioned above, adopting a Beagle from rescue shelters is typically less costly than buying from a breeder. This is because shelters take in rescued dogs, while breeders sell purebreds. However, it has been reported that 30% of dogs in rescue shelters are actually purebreds.
- AKC Standard – A show quality Beagle is within the required breed standard set by the AKC in terms of size, weight, height, body structure, ear set, and coloring. A Beagle that does not meet these requirements has a lower price than one that does.
- Type of Registration – To ensure that dogs are kept healthy and well-behaved, the AKC sets more rules and regulations compared to the CKC. Therefore a CKC registered Beagle is typically less costly than an AKC registered Beagle.
Other One-Time Expenses
Besides the price of the Beagle, the following expenses occur upon acquisition/ adoption:
- Dog License Fee
The other initial fee to be paid upon adoption is for the license which typically costs around $10 but can be more costly in some areas.
For example, in Boston, dog license costs $15 for neutered or spayed dog and $30 for intact male and female.
On the other hand, other areas don’t require a dog license at all.
You’ll need to make sure your new Beagle has a collar and ID tag so that you can be contacted in the event that your dog gets lost. Sometimes these are included in the adoption fee, but if not, a collar typically costs between $10 and $30 depending on size, material, and decorations, while a stainless steel tag is generally less than $10.
You may also want to consider microchipping your dog, since tags and collars can come off. Microchips are simply small RFID chips that a vet can place under your dog’s skin. When scanned, a microchip gives your name and contact information.
Microchipping usually costs between $20 and $50.
- Dog Crate
The suggested size of dog crate for a Beagle dog or puppy is 36 inches long. A 36 inch metal wire dog crate costs around $45; a 3-door soft foldable dog crate costs around $75; and an attractive, decorative wooden dog crate costs $350.
- Food and Water Bowls
Provide your Beagle puppy with dog bowls made of metal or stainless steel, as Beagles can have a tendency to chew plastic ones. A pair of stainless steel dog bowls typically run around $10 to $15.
Recurring Expenses of Owning a Beagle
You’ll also need to take into account the expenses that will occur throughout your dog’s life.
Some dog food may be provided when you adopt or purchase your Beagle, but of course you’ll still need to buy food later.
The amount of food intake of a Beagle depends on its age, weight, and physical activity. Newborn puppies are fed 6-8 times a day. Upon reaching 6 months to one year, you can reduce it to 2 meals a day.
You can feed your Beagle with either homemade food or a commercial dog food.
Homemade food gives you full control of the ingredients and can be very affordable, but it’s time-consuming to prepare. On the other hand, manufactured dog foods are more expensive, but also convenient and high quality foods are already nutritionally balanced.
But as you go on caring for your Beagle, you and your vet will have to determine the appropriate dog food that fits its diet.
Foods come at a wide variety of price points. For example, a 25-pound bag of high quality dog food can cost between $30 and $90. Specialty dog foods may cost even more.
Aside from sufficient food intake, Beagles may also need supplements, especially for the joint issues to which Beagles are prone.A 65 pack of bacon-flavored Glucosamine chews costs around $25, but a bottle of 60 Omega 3 Fatty Acids soft chews costs around $15.
Always talk to your vet before giving your pet any sort of dietary supplement.
- Medical Care
Just like humans, pets need to be well taken care of. Hence, finding a trusted vet should be the first step. It is important to put your Beagle on a routine of visiting the vet for vaccinations and other medical services.
Beagles may be prone to dental diseases, so aside from the regular brushing of teeth, you may buy a dental chew to avoid tooth decay and tartar build up. The recommended brand is Greenies which costs about $35 for a pack of 36.
Another vital part of caring for your pet is following a concrete schedule of vaccinations, especially when your dog is still a puppy. It’s always best to ask your vet to help you be properly informed of when your pet should have the shots and what specific shots to be taken.
The so-called “core vaccines” should be given to your Beagle puppy on the first year. These vaccines would cost, on an average, $75 to 100, including distemper, hepatitis, leptospirosis, parvo, and parainfluenza. The core vaccines should be administered to your pet when it is 6, 12 and 16 weeks old.
At 14 weeks old, your Beagle puppy can have rabies shots that would cost around $15 to 20. But for owners who got an adult dog, rabies shots should still be given regularly depending on the vet’s advice. Note that many places legally require dogs to have a rabies vaccine.
The cost of medical services for your pet depends on the veterinarian and even geographic location, but routine vet visits typically costs $40 to $60 per appointment, not including any vaccines or other additional care.
You may do the grooming of your pet and buy the necessary grooming items such as a bristle brush, grooming mitt or de-shredding tool, bath brush and other bath products, canine eye wipes, nail clipper, nose balm, paw wax, and dental care items. These items typically cost about $15 or less each.
But if you book an appointment in a grooming salon, your pet can have a haircut, a bath, plus extra pampering for $40 to $150, depending on exactly which services you ask for.
- Toys and Treats
Toys and treats are used as part of dog training as well as to give your dog exercise and mental stimulation. Some useful toys for dogs may be purchased online. Once you have a few basics, you can spend as much or as little on toys and treats as you like, but around $15 month is a good basic budget.
Some Tips for Aspiring Beagle Owners
Before you get too excited to buy and bring home your Beagle, there are some other things that you need to know.
If you are a beginner in owning a pet, Beagle is a good choice for it is sociable and fun to be with. In fact, Beagles are highly trainable because they like being entertained and entertaining others, so they can easily pick up commands.
However, they can also be stubborn, so make sure you’re firm and consistent with your training and provide them with plenty of incentive to listen. Fortunately, Beagles are very motivated by food. Just make sure you only give them a little at a time, since Beagles can also be prone to obesity.
In addition, training your Beagle should start early because it has a tendency to bark frequently, which can be a problem in the long run.
Beagles like being around people and other animals so they don’t like being left alone even for a short period of time. Beagles were bred to hunt in packs, so if someone’s not with them during the day, you may want to get another dog for them to spend time with.
Take note that Beagles are escape artists so if you have a garden at home, make sure that it’s escape-free. Don’t forget that fences should extend at least a foot into the ground, since this breed has a tendency to love to dig. You may also want to put a barrier in front of any areas that you don’t want dug up.
You should also be familiar with a Beagle’s hereditary and acquired diseases so you can deal with them appropriately. But to prevent some health issues, Beagles should be fed controlled amounts of nutritious, high quality food, and should be given plenty of exercise to avoid obesity.
Most importantly, the family a Beagle will be living with should also be considered. A family with toddlers or very young members may not be an ideal owner of Beagle because you may not be able to provide adequate attention to both the young children and the Beagle.