How Much Do Beagles Cost? Updated 2024 Guide!
The initial cost to bring home your new beagle will vary depending on several factors. However, you can expect an average price of $500 or more in the United States. Some of the considerations that may impact your beagle’s cost are pedigree, seller facility type, proximity to a major city, age, gender of the dog, and health. Beagles are popular pets and can be in high demand.
In addition to the upfront cost for your beagle, let’s also look into the long-term expenses that you can expect over the period of time you own your loyal family pet.
How Much Does a Beagle Puppy Cost?
The initial price for beagle puppies can vary greatly. There are various factors to consider when you’re shopping for your new purebred beagle – some of these factors can have a significant impact on the cost, while others have only a slight impact on cost yet a strong ethical pull…think puppy mills.
Additionally, the designer beagle breeds will command higher prices. A pocket beagle, mini beagle, or a beagle with specific colors or markings are examples of this.
Lets look at the factors that effect the cost of your new beagle puppy:
Is a Breeder More Expensive Than a Shelter or Pet Store?
You can expect to pay more for your beagle if you get it from a breeder, especially a reputable breeder that has all pedigree paperwork and registrations. Prices for a beagle from a breeder will vary a lot, since there are so many variables in the lineage and documentation of your pup. You can expect to pay anywhere from $500-$5000 when purchasing from a beagle breeder.
Buying your beagle from animal shelters, a foster home or the humane society is a great way to bring home a beagle that needs a new home, while also saving money on your purchase. Some people believe these options are free; however, in most cases there will be an adoption fee to help cover the facility’s operational and overhead costs. You can expect to pay $50-$300 when purchasing your beagle from a shelter, foster home or the humane society.
Some locations around the United States have banned the sale of dogs in pet stores. Too often pet stores get their dogs from puppy mills or other less than ideal breeding operations. If you live in an area that allows dog sales in a pet store, you can expect to pay $400-$600. Sometimes this cost will be lower if you don’t require lineage papers.
Considering adopting a beagle, be sure to check out our article on adopting vs buying a beagle.
Are Purebred Beagles More Expensive?
Purebred beagles are almost always more expensive than a beagle-mix. A well documented pedigree for a pure bred beagle can provide valuable information about both the predictable health of your beagle and also any show dog or hunting championship lineage.
Much like humans, family history of disease or ailments can provide an accurate prediction to the future and long-term health of your new pup. You’ll pay more for a dog with a family history of longevity and good health, but this if often extra money well spent considering the high cost of specialized veterinary procedures.
Beagles are known for their excellent sense of smell and keen hunting abilities – after all, they are scent hounds. If you’re looking for a champion hunting beagle you can look for breeders that specialize in high-quality hunting pedigrees. Remember, all beagles are not wired the same way – if you want to hunt with your beagle, be sure it’s family tree has a background in hunting, it will make a significant difference in your hunting joy and success.
There are dog shows held around the country on a weekly basis – some big, some small. If you plan to have your beagle participate in a dogshow, or you just want a pet to have the true standard breed characteristics, you should pay close attention to show champion pedigree. If you see the abbreviation “CH” near a dog’s name in the pedigree, this is an indication of a past champion.
Does Beagle Age Effect Cost?
Beagle pups that are 2-4 months old will cost more than a mature puppy or senior beagle. Often by the age of 6 months, the price of a beagle puppy will be noticeably lower. Adult beagles and senior dogs, whether from a shelter, breeder or elderly neighbor, are often times half the cost of their puppy counterparts.
The older the beagle is when you acquire it, the more development, bad habits and training it may have already received. An adult beagle may come with some baggage, so consider this when picking out a beagle.
Some breeders will “retire” their female beagles that are past the prime breeding age. Usually by the age of 7 years old a female will be considered for retirement. If you want a midlife beagle, at a low cost – or even free – ask a few of the quality beagle breeders in your area.
Does Beagle Color Impact Cost?
The color or pattern of a beagle can have an impact on the cost you’ll pay. The higher demand colors are black/brown/white (also known as tri-colored) and the lemon beagles. These will often cost slightly more due to demand. Other, less common, colors include red, white, black, tan, brown, and fawn.
Similarly, very unique or unusual color combinations or patterning can drive a premium cost as well.
There are 10 standard beagle colors which make up 25 possible AKC colors. Check out our Beagle Color article. We go into detail on the different colorings of beagles. Plenty of pictures as well!
Breeder Reputation and Cost of a Beagle
Breeder reputation and expertise is significant factor in the price of your beagle. In general, breeders are more expensive; however, not all breeders are equal. The more reputable beagle breeders will have higher price tags. A beagle’s cost from a breeder that offers superior lineage or award-winning pedigrees can quickly escalate to several thousand dollars.
In the United States, a great way to find breeders is through the American Kennel Club’s marketplace for Beagles. This is a great resource to find all of the AKC registered beagle breeders.
Reputable breeders will cost more, but always first make sure they are responsible and ethical. These breeders can pass on their knowledge to you, they show more care for their animals, and they can be counted on for a high-quality pet. Often times the higher cost of a beagle from a reputable breeder is recouped in the better long-term health of your pet.
Beagles Prices Around the World
Beagles were originally bred in England, where they excelled as hunting dogs. Beagles remain popular in the United Kingdom and Canada, and are one of the most popular dog breeds around the world.
In the United Kingdom, you can expect your beagle’s price to be £500-£900. In Canada, expect to pay $500CAD-$1000CAD. Similar to the United States, cost will vary based on other factors outlined in this article.
3 Key Expenses of Adult Beagles
How Much Does a Beagle Cost?
The American Pet Products Association has said it can cost as much as $1700 per year to properly care for a dog – Three of the most common costs are pet accessories, dog food and veterinary care.
Pet Accessories for a Beagle
A happy beagle needs shelter, regular exercise, mental stimulation, and a great place to rest. You’ll find that it’s easy to underestimate the amount of stuff your dog needs when you’re in the planning phase of owning a dog. Here are a few items to consider – Please, also, check out my favorite products guide and detail posts about some of the essential items all beagle owners should have on hand.
- Bedding and a blanket – Beagles like to burrow under the covers…trust me!
- Dog Crate – Although it can be hard in the first few weeks to listening to a sad and whimpering puppy, it can pay dividends down the line if your beagle is crate-trained.
- Treats – Beagles tend to think with their stomach. Treats can go a long way with your training efforts.
- Food and Water Bowls – Look for food and water bowls that are sturdy and fairly indestructible.
- Toys – Finding a high-quality dog toy that will last more than 48 hours can be challenging, but once secured this toy will become your beagle’s favorite! Have several on hand.
- Leashes and a Collar – I prefer the quick release type of collar with a retractable leash for my beagle. Also be sure to have the standard 5’-6’ leash on hand for trips to the vet. A good harness will also make your life easier! Check out our recommendations here: Best Harness for Beagles
You can expect to pay a total of $300-$400 combined for all of these items. All of these items are essential in one way or another and should last a long time, so always err on the side of choosing the higher quality option.
Cost to Feed Your Beagle
Food is probably the most predictable expense related to caring for your beagle. Check with your vet, but you can expect an adult beagle to eat between 1 and 1.5 cups of high-quality dry food each day.
It’s not uncommon to spend $50-$75 on a 40lb bag of high quality dry dog food. At normal feeding rates, you can expect this 40lb bag to last 6-8 weeks.
Depending on your level of dog-spoiling, you can introduce wet food or a mixture of wet and dry food as well. Just remember to consider total calories – Beagles won’t hesitate to overeat and suddenly you’ll find yourself with an overweight beagle.
Avoid giving your dog food off your own dinner plate. This teaches them bad habits and WILL lead to begging. It’s annoying, but also embarrassing when your dog won’t leave your guests alone at a dinner party!
Your beagle should eat puppy food until about one year of age. Most brands of dry dog food cost slightly less for the adult version – so look forward to a little savings around the 1st birthday. They also don’t need the calorie-rich puppy food after one year of age, so to maintain a healthy weight it’s best to slowly switch over to an adult dog food at the appropriate time.
Veterinary Care Cost for a Beagle
Routine veterinary care, with annual checkups and current vaccinations can go a long way to ensure your beagle is happy, healthy, and around for a long time.
Generally speaking, beagles avoid most health problems. They can be prone to some medical conditions, however. Epilepsy, hypothyroidism, hip dysplasia, intervertebral disc disease, dental disease, and Cushing’s Disease are a few conditions to watch out for.
Find a vet that is recommended in your area – talk with friends, family and your social network. Utilizing a vet you can trust and that offers reasonable pricing can go a long way over the course of your pet’s life.
It’s a good idea to consider pet insurance for your beagle as well. Like other insurance policies, pet insurance will aid in paying for medical expenses related to the care of your pet. The average cost in the United States is about $50 per month, but you’ll be happy to have it if your best beagle bud comes down with a serious condition and requires extensive veterinary care. Often pet insurance will cover standard vaccinations and routine treatments as well.
The cost of owning any dog can be significant, but with some planning and a little luck it’s nothing to lose sleep over, even on a tight budget. Just remember, the initial purchase cost and the less likely, yet possible, special-service veterinary bills should be your highest expenses while owning your beloved pet.
Routine and expected monthly costs such as food, bedding, and vaccinations can be planned for and are generally reasonably priced additional costs.
All in, I’ve found that the joy of owning beagles greatly outweighs the costs associated with maintain a high-quality life for them. They are truly a part of the family and are easy to treat as such!
Beagles also make great mixed breeds, combining the traits of a beagle with the key characteristics of the other parent dog. We have several articles on mixed beagle breeds, be sure to check them out!
Final Note on Beagles
All current and prospective beagle owners should be aware of puppy mills and unethical pet shops. Please do your due diligence on any breeders, pet stores or other means of acquiring your beagle to make certain the source of your beagle is providing a high-quality, humane, and caring environment for raising their animals.
Consider this article from the Humane Society: Stopping Puppy Mills
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