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Old 11-29-2009, 07:33 PM   #1
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Does anyone know if you can breed a female beagle with a pit bull?

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You can, but it would be a mistake.
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Old 11-29-2009, 07:48 PM   #3
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Could you deliberate? Is it dangerous for the Beagle or is it because of the two different temperaments? By the way, They get along great and my pit bull is vaery well trained and is very much a family and people loving dog. He does not fit the stereotypical pit bull image. He thinks he is only a 10 pound dog and is an indoor dog. On the other hand the beagle right now is only about 5 months old and we are not sure about mating and may decide to spay her. We want another dog like my pit bull as he is getting older and do not want just any pit bull. It must be with his bloodline because of his wonderful temperment. By the way, thanks for replying so quickly

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...Is it dangerous for the Beagle or is it because of the two different temperaments? By the way, They get along great and my pit bull is vaery well trained and is very much a family and people loving dog. He does not fit the stereotypical pit bull image. He thinks he is only a 10 pound dog and is an indoor dog. On the other hand the beagle right now is only about 5 months old and we are not sure about mating and may decide to spay her. We want another dog like my pit bull as he is getting older and do not want just any pit bull. It must be with his bloodline because of his wonderful temperment.
I'm not going to sugarcoat this, but I don't want to be hurtful, either. What you want to do is often called "Back Yard Breeding" or BYB. You want another dog like the one you have. You aren't interested in being a responsible breeder. By definition, BYB is irresponsible.

Your beagle bitch may be too small for the puppies. Are you prepared to spend $1000 or more on an emergency C-section, or will you let the bitch and unborn pups die because you didn't expect a complication?

There is absolutely no way to predict temperament from a crossing. You have no idea what aspects of which dog will come through in puppies, or which puppy, if any, will be at all like your male. Just because he was the stud doesn't mean one of his puppies will be like him. Temperament is affected by many things, including experience. Even the best dog can be ruined by bad experiences.

For every puppy you bring into the world, at least three will die in kill shelters, unwanted. There are more dogs in shelters than there are homes to take them. Speaking as someone who rescues and fosters, I have to say this is the only reason you should need for NOT breeding.

You have no idea what genetics are behind your pit bull and beagle. You don't know what health issues you might bring out in the pups. Crossing a beagle and a pittie won't get you another pit bull just like him. You will get a combination of a beagle and all of her genetic history mixed with a pit bull and all of his genetic history. Beagles and pit bulls are of completely different builds. You could create puppies that have a really bad mix of the physical characteristics of the two breeds.

You should search for threads on the forum about BYB and why you shouldn't do it. There are also many, many articles written elsewhere on the internet that you can Google.

My advice to you is to spay your female, and neuter your male. Make no puppies. When the time comes, find a new dog to love from a shelter or rescue. There are so many unwanted dogs that would love to be with you, and would love to be your best friend. There are so many dogs that don't deserve death because you want one dog to magically be just like one you already have. Choose to be a hero and save the life of a dog that was discarded because some other family just wanted one dog like the one they already had.
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Old 11-29-2009, 09:44 PM   #5
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Thanks for being brutally honest! I just wanted this cleared up as I was getting pressured by family and their emotions. Both dogs are rescue dogs by the way. The pit bull, I was just taking care of for my son's friend who was suddenly murdered and these people came and tried to take him. I found out later that they were gong to use him for fighting. So I formally adopted him after registering him with the humane society. I paid for all the insurance, a harness, a muzzle etc as required by our city for this type of animal. He was gong to be euthanized otherwise. We will be heartbroken when he passes. He is turning eight years old this month. The Beagle I obtained after a lady's dogs had puppies and she did not want them. So I took one of the puppies and so did my son down in Florida. You are right though..... too many dogs are left unwanted. I will take your advice to spay the female and as far as the pit bull, do you think he is too olde? I am not knowledgable when it comes to neutering dogs and I am not sure of the benefits although I have been told it reduces aggression in this breed. He is not aggressive, but I do get concerned when we walk him as other dogs seem to want to attack him. I think because they see he is vulnerable with the harness and muzzle. I believe what Cesar Milan says about the harness making this breed pu;l harder. I also believe what Cesar Milan said about harnesses and this breed or any working dog. I do not think the city is right in that respect for requiring a harness. I can see if it is to keep him away from an attack, but I think we should be able to use the choke chain to walk him and attach the leash to the choke chain and not the harness. The choke chain worked better higher up the neck. What are our thoughts?

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Honestly - you'll never ever find another dog like the Pit you have. Whether you breed him, or buy another Pit with the same genetics - there is & will only be one of your dog.

We have SO many people at the shelter here breed their dogs & keep a puppy in hopes that it'll be like their dog. What happens to the other puppies? They wind up in over-full shelters, if not given away & dumped on the streets.

I can't even begin to count the numbers of litters I've fostered because people want a dog just like theirs - and it never works out that way. So please, spay the Beagle. You'll never find another dog like the one you have.

Some people say at an older age, don't bother to spay/neuter - but we've altered 13 year old dogs at the shelter here without problem.
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This is one of the threads that vagreys was talking about.
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will you be health testing both dog before breeding them??

I completely agrea with Vagreys second post
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