Important things to consider before adopting newborn Beagle puppies include the health of the puppies and the suitability of the breed. Careful research prior to adopting can prevent headaches and heartaches after a puppy is chosen.
The most common health concerns for Beagles are epilepsy, cherry eyes, hypothyroidism, allergies, hip dysplasia, and back problems. Although not all of these problems are detectable, most reputable breeders have their breeding stock carefully screened to avoid health problems in the puppies. A breeder should be able to show health clearances from the Orthopedic Foundation for Animals and from the Canine Eye Registry Foundation certifying that the puppy´s eyes and spine are normal. These health clearances can be confirmed on the OFA website at offa.org.
The suitability of the puppy for the intended home is important, irrespective of the breed. Beagles, while friendly and sociable, are known for difficulty in house training, stubbornness, and a tendency to run off if a scent trail is detected. As a hound dog, Beagles tend to vocalize loudly when excited.