How Much Does a Beagle Cost?

head of a beagle petThe puppy Beagle cost can be as little as $400 and as much as $1,000. Lemon beagles which are known for their tan and white coloring are considered by some to be rarer than tricolors and can cost about $500 to $1,300.

Beagles can cost up to $5,000 if they come from a reputable breeder and if they have a purebred lineage. People will pay more for a Beagle that comes from a superior lineage, especially one that is AKC-registered and eligible for dog shows.

Beagles that have this kind of heritage can often be priced down $200 to $500 if their physical characteristics don’t meet show dog standards, particularly if their coat lacks the desired coloring or markings. However, if you are interested in adopting a rescue Beagle, they can cost you as little as $200 from a shelter.

Factors that Affect Pricing of Beagle

  • Location  The area where the breeder or rescue is located can significantly affect the Beagle 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 average annual license fee for fixed pets is $10 to $20 and $20 to $50 for unspayed/unneutered ones.

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.

  • Identification

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 $30 and $60.

  • 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.

  • Food

You can feed your Beagle with either homemade food or 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.

The cost of feeding your Beagle varies slightly based on size. Smaller adult beagles, weighing 13 to 20 pounds eat about 1 – ½ cups of food a day, whereas larger beagles will eat 1 ⅓ – 2 cups a day.

Rocky Mountain Recipe by Blue Buffalo is highly reviewed and considered to be one of the best food options for Beagles. It is high in protein and made with healthy carbohydrates and other nutritionally dense ingredients.

A 30-pound bag costs $59. However, it will last your Beagle about 3 months if it eats 1 ½ cups a day.
Royal Canin also makes food for Beagles. A 30-lb bag costing $72.99. In total you’ll only be spending about $300 a year on food.

  • Supplements

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

Unfortunately, Beagles are susceptible to certain medical conditions. Cherry eye, which causes a red lump to form in the inner corner of the eye, is a very common condition in Beagles.

Depending on severity, the treatment can include surgery. This is usually expensive, so expect to pay at least $250 and anywhere up to $1,600.

Beagles are also susceptible to glaucoma and in more serious cases, surgery can cost $500 to $1,500 per eye.

Distichiasis, also common in Beagles, is a condition that causes eyelashes to grow abnormally on the eyelid. Although most cases of this condition are manageable, it can become severe.

Depending on the treatment, this could cost as little as $350 and as much as $2,000. The breed is also prone to diabetes, treatment for which can range from $30 to $150 per month depending on the dog’s size. In severe cases, treatments can cost up to $2,800 per year.

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. Some dental chews can cost 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, $20 to $70, 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.

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  • Grooming

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 $30 to $100, depending on exactly which services you ask for.

  • Toys and Treats

Toys and treats are used as part of Beagle training as well as to give your dog exercise and mental stimulation since it is known as quite an energetic breed. You can spend as much or as little on toys and treats as you like, but around $15 month is a good basic budget for a Beagle.

Author Bio

Megan Kriss

Megan currently lives in Georgia with her husband, Matthew, their Border Collie, and Chow Chow mix, Ginger, and their two cats, a tabby named Pepper and a Birman named Misha, though she’s always hoping to add more animals.
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