Why Are There So Many BEAGLES in Shelters?

If you’ve ever stopped by your local shelters, you probably have seen your fair share of Beagles.

But why are there so many beagles in shelters?

Though Beagles are some of the most popular dogs in the US, they have a high prey drive, are talkative, and don’t do well alone – which isn’t suitable for everyone.

We’ll explore the reasons why there are so many beagles in need of homes and how you can help reduce the number of beagles who end up in shelters.

Why Are There So Many Beagles in Shelters?

Beagles are one of the top 10 most popular dog breeds in the United States
DID YOU KNOW? According to the AKC, in 2021 Beagles were the 7th most popular dog breed in the United States.

Beagles are among the most popular breeds of dogs in the United States and make great pets.

But why are there so many beagles in shelters?

Here are some reasons why Beagles are surrendered to shelters:

  • They are too much work. Beagles need a lot of exercise and if they don’t get it, they can become destructive.
  • They have a strong hunting instinct and can be challenging to train not to chase small animals.
  • Beagles are particularly prone to separation anxiety, meaning they do best in homes where someone is usually around with owners that can commit time.
  • Beagles tend to bark excessively, and their hunting instinct can lead them to wander off if they catch a scent.

As a result of all of these factors, many beagles end up in shelters because their owners were unprepared for them.

If someone buys a beagle without doing their research, they may find themselves overwhelmed by their new pet.

If you’re considering adopting a beagle, ensure you’re prepared to provide the time and energy they need to thrive.

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Irresponsible Breeding

Overbreeding can lead to thousands of unwanted puppies.
Overbreeding doesn’t take the dogs’ wellbeing into account, and many Beagle puppies end up in shelters.

Overbreeding leads to a glut of dogs, which drives down prices and encourages irresponsible breeders to produce even more puppies.

Sadly, many of these puppies end up in shelters, where they may spend their entire lives.

Beagles are particularly vulnerable to this fate, as they are among the most popular breeds in the U.S.

The overpopulation of beagles in shelters can be attributed to being sold through pet stores, which are supplied by commercial breeding operations known as puppy mills.

Puppy mills are notorious for their inhumane treatment of animals and the puppies they sell are often sick or have behavioral problems.

Fortunately, more people are beginning to realize the importance of adopting dogs from shelters instead of buying them from pet stores.

Read our related article, Why Are There So Many Black Cats in Shelters? Dogs aren’t the only ones left behind. Learn more.

Reducing the Number of Beagles in Shelters

Adopting saves lifes and reduces overbreeding.
Adoption gives needy dogs a home and helps to reduce overbreeding.
Don’t buy – ADOPT!

The high number of beagles in shelters is due to overbreeding, backyard breeding, and buying dogs without doing research.

While the high number of beagles in shelters is a problem, there are things that you can do to help reduce the number of beagles in shelters.

Educate Yourself

The first thing you can do is to educate yourself before making the leap and buying one.

Do Beagles fit your personality and lifestyle?

Are you prepared to handle the energy, barking, and prey drive of these floppy-eared pets?

It’s better to find out a Beagle isn’t right for you before adopting or buying one.

Read our related article, Why Are There So Many Chihuahuas in Shelters?, to see why this breed is often surrendered.

Only Buy From Licensed Breeders

If you’re going to purchase rather than adopt, only purchase a beagle from a responsible, licensed breeder.

Your local government will license eligible breeders and keep tabs on the care provided to the animals, as well as the facility where they’re born.

Many bad breeders are only interested in making money and don’t care about the health or welfare of their dogs.

Only purchasing a beagle from a responsible breeder can help reduce the demand for beagles from bad breeders.


Another thing, and the BEST thing, you can do is to adopt a beagle from a shelter instead of buying one from a breeder.

Adopting a beagle from a sanctuary gives a beagle a second chance at life and helps free up space so they can take in more beagles.

Read More: How Do Non Profit Animal Shelters Make Money? Learn about the money that goes into caring for shelter dogs.

Spread the Word

Lastly, you can help by spreading the word about why adopting beagles from shelters is important and why people should only purchase them from responsible breeders.

Many people are unaware of the high number of beagles in shelters or why it’s important to adopt them instead of buying them from puppy mill breeders.

Sharing this information with others can help increase awareness and reduce the number of beagles in shelters.

Read our related article, Why Are There So Many German Shepherds in Shelters? German Shepherds are another popular breeds often seen in shelters. We explore why.


So, why are there so many beagles in shelters?

The answer is complicated and multi-layered, but it ultimately boils down to a lack of responsible pet ownership.

If you’re considering getting a beagle, please do your homework first – it could mean the difference between life and death for one of these sweet dogs.

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Jesse Hopping, CCDT

Jesse is a natural-born dog-lover certified dog trainer (CCDT), dog foster, and former volunteer at Richmond SPCA and surrounding dog shelters for over 10 years. Her pack includes a Bernedoodle and 3 Boston Terriers. She’s sipping caramel coffee and watching her pack play in the sun when she’s not writing blogs. Jesse has her Certified Dog Trainer designation from CATCH Canine Trainers Academy since 2018 and and majored in English from the University of Virginia.

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