Ok I do not have this dog. Actually the owners who have her live 2 states away from me. I seen an ad for a 1 year old female beagle who is pregnant and thought about going and buying her just so I know her and pups are alright. Im a sucker when it comes to pregnant dogs as some of you have helped when I took a prego JRT last year. Well, my worry is that this dog is only a year old! Stupid jerks I tell ya! But do beagles generally have difficult deliveries? Ive never whelped them. The owner is asking 200 for her. I sent an email to them stating numerous reasons why they shouldnt just sell her to someone whos not knowledgeable about whelping as it is difficult. My husband says I should just stay out of it but now that I seen the ad put on Craiglist...Im soo worried for mom and pups cuz ya never know where they might all end up! I can easily jump in my van as Ive done before and go get this poor thing and whelp them here and then find suitable homes as we do with rescue. What do you all think I should do? Stay out of it? Or go help this poor thing? How many pups does a beagle usually have anyways? arghh some people just make me sick! They never think of thier animals! Oh by the way my male lab was nuetered yay and is doing great!
"But do beagles generally have difficult deliveries? Ive never whelped them." "I sent an email to them stating numerous reasons why they shouldnt just sell her to someone whos not knowledgeable about whelping"
I think you should not get involved. From your post you are the not knowledgeable person you warned the owner about in your email. I'm sure you mean well but think about it, especially if you don't have the support of your husband in this and he is against it. Taking good care of a pregnant dog's needs all by yourself and then whelping and caring for the pups too is a huge task taking a lot of your time, care and money. Now if you can find a mentor who is experienced with hound breeds and whelping and can help with rehoming pups it is a whole different story (still the same time, care, money thing but at least you'll have backup and advice close by).
What state is this in? Also did they specify that the sire was another beagle? Kills me that they allow her to get pregnant then want to dump her on someone else to deal with. Considering all the costs involved with the person who will doing this, they should be placing her for free. I know Beagles, they are not a 'known' difficult whelper, but can just as easily have trouble and need a c-section. Pups that are too large can become lodged and only an experienced person will know how to displodge or know when trouble is set in and its time to run to the vet. Not knowing details of the sire can be a bad thing here, hope they know wnough to pass it on. A middle of the night c-section will take a easy $1,000 plus. They need to get her to a rescue and stop worrying about recooping money.
I echo what LPN said. If you knew for sure what the dog was bred to, it would be a help. If you are prepared to pay for this dog's upkeep, and have someone that you know is knowledgable about whelping, I would rescue her. If you can afford it, you may also take the dog to the vet to whelp. I would take her to the vet immediately, when you get her, because the chances of her being extremely healthy are slim.I don't think you are going to get a straight or honest answer about what dog she's bred to either, unless you get there, and there are Beagles everywhere, even then you don't really know. You most certainly can plan for a cesaerian section, medications for immunizations, plus the expenses of a good diet and immunizations and worming for the pups. Do you work out of the home? That's another consideration.
My grandpa and uncle raise/breed and show beagles but i do not know much about the whelping of them. I know that they use a specific stud for many reasons 1.his championship in some field and trial stuff. 2.his size but I do not know if the size thing has anything to do with the mom whelping or if it is more of a perfect size beagle thing.
There was ni indication yet that the father is even another beagle. As far as 'perfect size' The standard is broken into 2 sizes. 13 inch, may not exceed 13 inches at the withers. 15 inch, are for beagles over 13 inches, but exceeding 15 inche at the withers.
Although, here it appears we are dealing with people (the current owners of the pregnant dog) who likely have no clue on standards and may very well have dogs that do not fit the standard in size. Anytime there is unknown sires, you worry about what you are getting into.
OP...if you are willing to absorb the costs that will ome with it, vet bills, possible c-section, supplements, good quality food,, the time and dedication to the litter, etc. Then go for it. The vet can whelp in the office, or a few of us here are always available to talk you through it here. Unsure where this person lives, state wise, but may know folks who will take her in. But doubt anyone is going to take on the high expenses AND pay her for the dog too though.
Im not sure what happen with my previous post? But anyways I didnt end up getting this poor girl sadly. When the previous owners were questioned about what breed the sire was they hung up. I then called from my cell phone and they said she was sold. they were in Ohio. The ad was posted on a few different sale sites. I am pretty upset as my husband did ask me not to get involved because he sees how tired I get after whelping and then the pups plus my house and family and Im also dealing with multiple sclerosis. But he did come around and agree to take her in. The previous owners were in Ohio and Im in NY. We were going to drive there and save this poor baby from being placed into the wrong hands of an unknown person who has no idea what to do as far as whelping puppies. And now I have no idea where she is. Poor thing I can only hope she is in the best of hands right now. I did make a promise to myself to stop reading about these pets on these for sale websites. Its not that Im looking for another dog but I always have a few that pull my heart strings ya know? When I see how some previous owners are ready to send bred dogs (like this one who was a baby herself) out the door it just makes me sick! But like my hubby says I guess Im not able to save all of them or Id have 1000 in my home. Which if I had a huge place believe me it would be filled lol. Thank you for all your replies.
Wow, what a sad tale. I wish you would have been able to get her, then I know she would have been well cared for. As to beagles in general and whelping, that depends on if they are from field lines or show lines. Trust me whelping beagles from show lines are very difficult and tramatic. They have increased the bone and head size on these dogs which can make whelping tough. I have a friend who has beagles and she said they are a whelping nightmare. Most dogs that end up in pet homes are from field lines, and they do not have the same issues. My very first purebred dog at the age of 5 was a field beagle.
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