Chocolate & White
The chocolate & white coloring is not as common as the previous three we talked about. This one is usually a darker brown, or as I like to call it "dark chocolate". The face and ears will not turn tan on this puppy because this is not a tricolor, there are only two colors on this variation. Sometimes there will be ticking (freckles) present, but not often.
Lemon & White
The Lemon and White Beagle is sometimes referred to as "Blonde". They are white with varying shades of yellow patches, and occasionally will have some ticking (freckles). As the puppy matures the yellow fur will usually darken, sometimes to a reddish shade. Unlike the tricolor puppies, the lemon & white pups will not have a tan head or ears. The markings they are born with will remain the same throughout their life.
Chocolate Tricolor consists of a medium brown, tan and white. This is what I like to call the milk chocolate coloring. Like the traditional tricolors, these pups will eventually have the tan ears and face over the course of approximately 12 months. Remember, the white will stay white! These are a beautiful variation of the classic tricolor.
Traditional Tricolor is black, white and tan. The classic beagle look. However, when the puppies are newborn their head and ears will be black, sometimes they will have a tiny bit of tan above the eye and on the jaw. Over time the black will gradually start turning tan, but remember this only applies to their head and ears. If there is any white on them it will always remain white. It takes about a year for it to fully turn tan but you can start to see the progression of the color change before they ever leave here. So, when you see pictures of puppies on my website keep in mind that they will eventually have that classic beagle look that we have all come to know and love.
How soon is too soon?
Many times I am asked "When can I give my puppy a bath after recieving him/her?" As soon as you get home! I give your new buddy a bath right before transport, but during the flight or car ride they often get motion sickness. This will leave a mess in their crate so that will also need rinsed out. Bathing your puppy will start the bond that you will carry for the life of your pet. When they look at you with those sweet beagle eyes as you're drying them off you can almost see yourself and your pup falling in love.
So let's face it, it feels great to take a long bath after traveling and animals are no different, so grab a warm towel and get soapy!
Let's talk about flying.
The thought of your new puppy flying in an airplane can be quite intimidating. However, it's not as scary as it seems. They will travel in their own airline approved carrier, provided by us, and be secured closed with zip ties as they go through security at the airport. Your puppy will fly with puppy food available to them if they need it, and the airline will provide them with water if the flight is lengthy. I provide the food/water dish for them that clips to the inside of their carrier along with all of the documents required to travel. We strive for direct flights only, and only on a very seldom occasion do we use connecting flights if that is all that is available. The most frequently asked question I get is "do they fly with the luggage?" And the answer is no. They fly in a designated area just for live animal cargo that is temperature controlled. Our number one priority is the safety and health of our puppies and seek to make travel as easy for them as possible. Don't hesitate to contact me if you have any questions about the process!
Springtime is upon us
I don't know about you, but I am looking forward to green grass and warm mornings. I could also use the longer daylight hours, for sure. However, with spring flowers brings ticks and fleas. Here, we love Advantage Multi for this. It's a once monthly topical application you can get from your vet. It is important in the prevention of heart worms as well, which is huge. If a topical application isn't your style, there are many other good options to choose from! Always consult your vet before starting any regimen with your animal, they know best. But remember to have the conversation before pests are a problem! Your pet will thank you.
How much is that puppy in the window?
Like most, I am sure you are wondering what determines the price of our puppies. Let me start by saying we price our puppies individually based on various factors. Let me explain them for you.
First, size. After years of experience and continued relationships with families who have received their puppy from us, I am able to give you an educated guess that generally turns out to be spot on. There are some tell tale signs when a puppy will be (stay) extra small. First, his/her ears will not lengthen at the same time as the littermates, its usually a couple weeks later. I can also judge by the parents and grandparents, past litters, among other indicators.
Second, color and markings. We strive for the classic traditional beagle features, like the tricolor and blaze (white stripe between the eyes). We do occasionally get a chocolate, lemon, red, silver and even lilac and hare-pi. While those are all attractive colors, our favorite is, hands down, the traditional tricolor.
Third, physical attributes. This includes a variety of things, such as confirmation, ear length, short legs, boxy chest, etc.. We make sure all of our moms and dads are as close to perfect as possible so that they will pass down these features.
More important than anything listed above is HEALTH. Every puppy that leaves here is backed by a guarantee against any life altering genetic issues. Above all else we want our puppies happy and healthy. We are adamant about our adult dogs' health and wellbeing, and that, in turn, produces superior puppies.
Its Friday, which means its flight day at Perfect Pocket Beagles, bittersweet... I am so excited for my puppies to meet their forever families, but I am also sad to say goodbye to them. Currently I am anxiously awaiting the puppy parents to call or text letting me know they have their new puppy in their arms.. happy day. I get to know the families that get our puppies, and I am excited for them as well. It's so cool when they keep in touch and text over pictures as they grow. Sometimes they even send us Christmas cards with their family photo, and the pup is always front and center!
We have had an arctic blast down here in Oklahoma! We didn't lose power, thank you Jesus! But we did have propane heat on stand-by just in case. I let the big dogs out in the snow today to play, and they loved it! American Airlines in Dallas put an embargo on all live animal cargo from Wednesday through Monday, which was a bummer. But, whatever is safest for the pups is what we want. My travel team has been awesome to reschedule flights for next Friday, and we are all thankful for that. I am so ready for spring! Ready to see green grass, birds everywhere and put these winter coats away. I could also go for longer daylight hours, too. We are getting closer every day!
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