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    I was curious of where can I purchase a beagle puppy under 8 weeks old before chirstmas because it a gift for some one.I am in New York so please help me


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    Is there any particular reason you want the puppy to be less than 8wks of age?
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    You should never, ever, buy a puppy as a gift for someone else, especially not at Christmas. If they really want a puppy, give an IOU, and go out with them after the holidays and let them choose their own puppy.

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    I hope that I don't come off as rude or snotty. It's not my intent at all. I'm just trying to help you understand what you're getting into.

    First, giving an animal as a gift (especially for Christmas) is not a great idea. The holidays are a busy time and would put a lot of undue stress on a puppy. Not to mention, dropping a lifelong commitment into someone's lap on a holiday is just not a good idea- and it's not something I would wish on even my deepest enemy. The allure and excitement will last a total of one day and will wear off the next when the puppy needs to be taken out to potty the next morning. This is why most responsible breeders will not sell a puppy for a gift. However, if you are determined to give the gift of a puppy, maybe you could give a special "puppy pack" (a box with collar, leash, food dishes, toys, other dog accessories, etc.) for christmas and then let them pick out the actual puppy (which you have already paid for or will pay for) on a later date.

    Second, getting a puppy under 8 weeks is not a good idea either. In some states, there are actually laws against that now. It's because puppies need to be with their littermates for proper socialization. During that time, they learn important socialization skills. For example, what's acceptable play and what's not. This can only be taught to them by their siblings. While young puppies are very cute, it's important to remember that that cuteness will quickly wear off if the puppy sinks its teeth into your hand.

    Lastly, you may want to really research Beagles to make perfectly sure the person you are looking for definately understands the nuianses of the breed. For example, Beagles are known for their baying and barking. Is the party in question willing to deal with that? I would just make sure they are truly prepared because if they aren't, it may actually affect your relationship with this person.

    I hope that helps!
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    Edited to say: Oops! I must have posted the same time as blackgavotte. I think I said the same thing except maybe made it a bit more wordy. Sorry!
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    LabLady,
    I could not have said it better myself.

    pets as gifts equals disaster for all involved.

    Plus, why would anyone want a rabbit hound in NYC? Once again, it's really important to know your breed before you decide. Despite their small size and gentle temperment, beagles need lots of exercise and mental stimulation. Plus, they are very stubborn, due to the fact that they will almost always choose their noses over commands.

    Also, a puppy under 8 weeks old is too young to be taken from mommy dog. At that point, pups are still learning important social skills (such as bite inhibition, which you will be thankful that they learn) at this time.

    As LabLady also articulated, I do not mean to be snotty. I am just not sure how much you do know, and how much you do not know. I just really care alot about dogs, and want to do my best to educate.

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    My 2 cents

    I do agree with the previouse postings on thinking twice about providing the actually puppy as the gift. It is extra special to pick your life long companion yourself, and sometimes you can just look at that special pup and know thats the one for you. Bringing that person to pick the puppy may actually be even more exciting with all the anticipation of driving to get him/her and picking it out. I will say though... I am a beagle owner and I am so lucky to have him.... he is such a smart dog.... i disagree with people who say they are a problem with the baying and barking... that depends on the actual dog and what you can train them to do.... my dog only barks when i make him speak or when he sees someone coming to the door... but I can still make him stop.... They are driven by their nose, but again that just takes commitment and consistency, i can leave my beagle off leash and he would stay by me the whole time.... Some things take time to train with, I did teach him to shake in one day... of course he is very food motivated so treats did the trick... I think a beagle would be fine in NY, of course a dog park would be a great place to take him/her. Good Luck with everything!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Laurenj223 View Post
    i disagree with people who say they are a problem with the baying and barking...
    I did not mean that the baying and barking are problems. I'm very sorry if you took it that way and it offended you. I assure you, that was not my intent. I just meant this is one of the things the breed, in general, is known for as it was (and is for those that still participate in it) an important part of performing their function as a rabbit hound.

    I hope that helps to clarify what I meant.
    Darcy

    Edited to add: Hopefully to further clarify...when I asked if they were willing to deal with the baying and barking, I was referring to training. For example, are they going to just let the pup bay and bark or are they willing to put in the time and effort to train it? IMHO, every breed has a quirk that has to be controlled to some extent by training. But, it's learning how to train that particular breed and its particular quirks that must go hand in hand with the initial research of the breed. That's what I was getting at. I also didn't mean for that question to offend you if it did.
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    I would also be surprised if you could get a puppy from a reputable breeder as a gift, so any puppy you might get is not likely coming from a good source.

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    I think that it would be more fun to pick out a puppy with whom ever if I were in that position... or better yet, adopt a dog at a shelter. That would be a gift for the dog, and the person even if it was after Christmas.

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