Do you have a JUMP proof, DIG proof, CHEW proof fence which completely encloses your backyard and is at least six feet high?

Will your new dog have company for most of the day? This can be either human or another dog (preferably a beagle of course!)? 

Are you prepared to walk your dog on a lead AT ALL TIMES?

Are you happy to live with a back lawn which may at times resemble a lunar landscape, covered in craters and pot holes?

Are you prepared to make sure all your shoes, toys and anything else you don't want chewed are not left within beagle range?

Are you able to resist pleading brown eyes that try to convince you they are perpetually hungry?

Are you prepared to put some time and effort in training your new dog, letting them know who is in control?

The average lifespan of a beagle is 10 to 15 years. Are you sure that any long term plans you might have will not effect your beagle?

If you answered "No" to any of the above questions, then BRV strongly suggests that you think twice about getting a beagle. Chances are that a beagle is NOT FOR YOU!  

Beagles are very unique little characters. Do not even consider adding a beagle to your family based on looks alone. Behind that sweet face is a very stubborn and single-minded scent-hound! Do your research - talk to vets, talk to beagle owners, read books, talk to us.

Beagles are one of the most popular breeds because of their personalities and skills. However, there are a growing number of homeless beagles in kill shelters because people don't bother to research the breed before they go out and buy a puppy. Hopefully, once you read over the following information, you will become better acquainted with the Beagle and decide whether or not it is the breed for you and your family.

Great family pets (but kids have a tendency to pull on their ears, which are very sensitive and thin, so young kids must be supervised).

Wonderful with other dogs- beagles are pack animals and just love to play with each other. We always recommend that beagles go to a home where there is already at least one other dog. Ideally, two beagles should be adopted together because they will enjoy each other's sniffing and snoozing capabilities!

Very social personality- if you are gone all day and your beagle will be home by himself, he will most likely have behaviour problems due to boredom and depression.

People lovers- you will find that your beagle is your biggest fan! He will want to be with you when you're home and get very upset when you leave. Beagles are one of the top breeds that suffer from separation anxiety, and there are many things you can do to help your beagle become accustomed to being home alone for short periods of time.


Short coat- easily managed with weekly brushing. As with most dogs, beagles to shed but if you brush them regularly, shedding will be kept to a minimum

Easy upkeep- beagles have very sensitive skin and secrete their own "hound" oils for their skin care. Unless your beagle rolls in something really stinky, he will only need a bath every couple of months. When you do shampoo, use a oatmeal or sensitive skin variety.

Why a Beagle Isn't for Everyone:
Beagles have been bred for hundreds and hundreds of years to follow their noses, so now... they do! And it gets them into lots of trouble. 

Beagles absolutely need to live in a house with a securely fenced yard. When a beagle catches a scent, their nose will hit the ground and they will go off to follow it. All other senses will be turned off, and no matter how loud you yell "COME", a beagle will not listen and will not come back. It's not that they don't love you and want to run away, or that they are being purposefully disobedient... they are just following their nose. That's the job of a beagle. We humans, as their guardians, need to make sure that they are safely contained so that their noses don't get them into a dangerous situation. 

Beagles can't go on walks or hikes off-leash. For the same reasons as above, they always need to be attached to their human when they are outside of their fenced yard. They are not the type of dog that can go hiking or camping with you and just 'hang out' by the campsite. You need to have them on a leash at all times. 

Beagles are difficult to train. This is often said, but not entirely true. They can learn to understand what you're telling them, they just don't always decide to listen - especially when there is food involved! "Leave it" is not a well-loved command with beagles :-) They can be quite stubborn. 

Beagles will scavenge for food. If you leave food on a table, or a garbage can within reach... expect to have it inspected (and torn up/eaten) by your beagle. It's that nose again! 

Beagles can be howlers. They have a very distinctive singing voice and use it when they are excited. If there is a knock at the door or a bird in the yard... you will hear ARROOOOOOO! 

Beagles are not good outside dogs. They are very social and people-oriented. They are not happy in the yard by themselves. Beagles need to be part of the family and allowed to live with you in the house. They like to be on your lap when you watch tv and in your room (in your bed if they had their way!) when you sleep. They aren't happy if they are to live alone without human or other animal company (preferably another beagle)

So after reading all of that... why would anyone want a beagle? 
Beagles are wonderful family dogs. They are loving and affectionate, they are great with kids, and they are real cuddlers. There is nothing better than having a beagle jump up on your lap, give you a kiss, and curl up for a nap under your arm. 

Beagles do not need a lot of grooming, do not shed a ton, and although they will bark if there is something to bark at, they are not a 'yappy' breed. 

Beagles are very people-oriented. They are the type of dog that wants to be with you and will follow you around from room to room. They want to be part of your family and will give you lots of love. 

In my experience, people either love beagles or hate them. You have to understand their distinct characteristics and accept them... not try to change them. Any one who gets a beagle expecting to be able to train it not to wander away from an unfenced yard or not to follow it's nose is going to be very disappointed and frustrated. And chances are, that beagle will be looking for another home within 6 months. 

If you can live with the points listed above, you have a house with a fenced yard and lots of love and time to dedicate to a dog, then a beagle can be the perfect family member for you. 

Top reasons for surrendering a beagle:
1. "The beagle keeps running away". You need to have a securely fenced yard. 
2. "The neighbours in the next apartment have complained that he howls during the day". Beagles don't do well in apartments or condos for just this reason. 
3. "The beagle isn't happy in the yard and the garage." Don't get a beagle unless you want an indoor dog. They want to be with you. 
4. "Wow, i didn't think it would be this much work". Treat this decision as seriously as deciding to have a child. You will need to change your family's schedule, 'dog-proof' the house, and provide lots of love and attention. It's a big decision that should not be made on a whim. 
5. "The kids aren't taking care of it, and i don't have time." Don't adopt a dog unless YOU want one and are willing to take on the responsibility. Beagles live to be about 15 years old, and that's a long time to commit to! You'll be taking care of the dog even after your kids are off to college. 
6. "This dog is not trainable - it never comes when i call." That's a beagle! 
7. “The dog is demanding and mischevious and ruins everything.  This usually happens when a Beagle is left alone all day with no human or other dog company, he then becomes bored, depressed and lonely.

Is BRV a registered charity and is my donation tax deductible?
Yes, Beagle Rescue Victoria Inc. is a registered (not-for-profit) charity, located in Victoria.  All monetary donations over $2 are tax deductible.  
BRV relies on donations and the generosity of our supporters to keep it running.  BRV is manned 24/7 by unpaid volunteers who do what they do for the love of the breed.
Remember, if you make a donation to BRV via a bank transfer, please contact the secretary at so that a receipt can be sent to you.

Why adopt a beagle from BRV?
BRV ensures that all of its beagles are desexed, microchipped, up-to-date on vaccinations, flea, worm and heart worm control prior to entering its foster care program.  Each beagle is also thoroughly temperament tested, ensuring that he is placed in a home that meets the beagle’s individual needs.  The beagle will arrive at his new family with his adoption folder containing all paperwork, a lead, collar, ID tag and bowl.
BRV offers ongoing support and assistance, not only during the trial period, but for the life of the beagle should its assistance be required. 
If, due to a change in circumstances, you find that you can no longer keep your beagle, BRV is more than happy to take the beagle back.  BRV asks that it is ALWAYS your first option.

How do I adopt a beagle from BRV?
Although the process is thorough, it is quite straightforward.  Firstly, please read the above information “Is a Beagle For Me”. If you are still keen then Click here to fill in the form online. Once your application form is received, BRV will contact you to discuss the beagles that may be suitable for you and your family.  If there are no beagles in care that match your requirements, your application will be kept on file and you will be contacted when a suitable beagle arrives in care.

How much is the adoption fee and what does it cover?
The adoption fee for all BRV beagles is $450. The adoption fee covers the following expenses:

general health checks;
desexing, vaccinations, flea, worm and heart worm control;
temperament testing;
pound release fees;
food; and
leads, collars, crates.

The adoption fee is fully refundable if, at any stage during the trial period, the beagle is not suitable for you and/or your family.  The refund is handed back when the beagle is collected. 

Why is the adoption fee the same for every beagle?
Some beagles arrive in care requiring hundreds of dollars of vet work, teeth removal, one-on-one training and rehab, whilst others just need to be desexed and microchipped.  The adoption fee is spread across the board so BRV can assist families and beagles from all walks of life.
Please note that the adoption fee for some beagles may be adjusted for special circumstances i.e. senior beagles or special needs.

What is a trial period?
Each beagle is placed out on a two to four week trial period to ensure the match is suitable for all involved. If, at any stage during the trial period, the beagle isn’t working out, the beagle must be returned to a BRV representative at a mutually convenient time. BRV also has experienced dog trainers on hand should you require their help or advice. 

Why won’t BRV adopt a beagle to me if I don’t have another dog?
Beagles are the ultimate pack dog.  They are a high energy scent hound and they thrive in the company of other dogs.  They LOVE playing and being involved with their family.  Most beagles that have been surrendered to BRV’s foster care program have come in because they have not coped with being an only dog; as a result, they have begun to show destructive/distressing traits such as digging, howling and chewing.
Once these beagles have arrived in BRV’s foster care program, BRV has a duty of care to these beagles to ensure that they are not placing them back into a situation that they have not coped with (i.e. a single dog household).  It is quite amazing to see these beagles in their new home, happy and settled with a doggie playmate.
Occasionally, there will be exceptions to this rule, and from time to time BRV does have beagles that are best suited to being an only dog. 

Why won’t BRV adopt beagles to interstate families?
It is essential to BRV to get the re-homing process correct the first time.  BRV’s beagles deserve its 100% commitment to ensuring that they don’t end up back through the revolving door of rescue again.
In an effort to ensure that BRV gets it right the first time, and to ensure that its beagles are well matched and suited to each other and the new family, part of BRV’s re-homing process is conducting yard checks (to make sure that the yard and fencing is adequate) and arranging “meet and greets” where the beagle is brought to your home to see how he interacts with your other dog.  BRV cannot provide this service interstate.
BRV also prides itself on being able to offer hands on support and advice for the new family through, not only the adoption process, but for the life of the beagle/s.  Again, this is not something it can provide interstate.

Why do you bring the beagle to meet us?  Why can’t we come to you?
BRV operates a foster care program Victoria-wide.  We rely heavily on these families to assist us; we don’t expect our families to drive all over Victoria.  Instead, BRV will collect the beagle from foster care and come to you in your home to do what is known as a “meet and greet” and conduct a yard/fence check.

By doing this, BRV ensures that, not only are both dogs suited to each other (or not), provides an opportunity for you to discuss any questions with a BRV volunteer.  BRV asks that the entire family be present for the meet and greet so that everyone is 100% committed to the new arrival.

What if I don’t want my beagle desexed?
Then don’t expect to get a beagle from BRV.
Victorian law states that all animals that come through shelters and pounds must be desexed, microchipped, up-to-date on vaccinations, flea and worm control.  BRV abides by these laws and applauds the high level of standards that operate in Victoria.
Spaying also reduces the risk of mammary tumours (which can be life threatening), tumours of the ovaries, uterus and cervix and pyometra, a gross infection of the uterus and unwanted/planned litters.
Castration also reduces the risk of prostate disease and eliminates any possibility of testicular cancers.
BRV does not support backyard breeding or puppy farms.

What if I have a beagle and I can’t keep him/her anymore or need help?
BRV is happy to assist any member of the public with their beagle in any way that it can.  If you require training tips or advice, please email
If you need to surrender your beagle and would like them to enter BRV’s foster care program, please contact us by email  BRV will then organise for the necessary paperwork to be filled out and arrange an appointment to meet with you and your beagle to ensure they are suitable to come into its care.

What happens if I surrender my beagle and it take months to re-home?
Once your beagle has been assessed and accepted into the foster care program, they are guaranteed their placement until the “right” home comes along.   
BRV does not have a “production line” mentality of getting as many beagles out to make room for new beagles coming in.  Instead, it is about matching the right beagle to the right family.  There is a home out there for each and every beagle of good nature and temperament and BRV aims to find it for them.  The process will take, as long as it takes.

What is emergency foster care and how can my beagle use this service?
Emergency foster care is for the sole purpose of beagles and beagle-crosses that are of sound temperament and health that are either due to be euthanasia in the pound system or whose owners have died or are terminally ill or have become homeless/jobless and can no longer look after their beagle.
Please call BRV on 0409 535 930 or email should your beagle fall under any of the above circumstances.

Why are there so many beagles in shelters, pounds and rescue?
Beagles are known worldwide as a “merry little hound” and their good looks and nature are often the selling point for this beautiful breed. Unfortunately many people who purchase this wonderful breed do so through places like pet shops, internet sites/puppy farms and are not given the correct information, support or advice.  When they get them home, they find that they can’t cope with the energy levels and nature of a beagle.  As a result, a lot of people surrender their beagles to pounds/shelters and rescue groups.
When adding a beagle to your family, please research the breed thoroughly.  Beagles are generally not suitable as an only dog.  They thrive with another beagle and being part of their family’s day-to-day life. They require daily mental and physical exercise and are happiest when they are with their humans.  They are not a breed that is suitable to being left outdoors, without another dog or being ignored.  There are so many beagles in care just because they were purchased solely on their looks and nature.

Where do BRV’s beagles come from?
BRV works alongside many pounds and shelters in Victoria who recognise that beagles of good nature and temperament are better off placed in a foster care environment while they wait for their new families to adopt them. BRV helps beagles who have come from puppy farms and require rehabilitation.
BRV assists families that have had a sudden change in their life (eg. relocate overseas for work, terminally ill, marriage breakup) and assists those that just didn’t realise that the cute little tri-coloured angel in the pet shop window would grow up to be a scent hound devil!

What is a puppy farm?  Why shouldn’t I get a dog/cat from a pet shop?
Puppy farms, pet shops and backyard breeders exist solely to turn a quick profit without thought for the basic care of the animals or their temperament and health.  Do not think that puppy farms only exist in America.  Victoria is actually the puppy farm capital of Australia.  Most puppies that are found in pet shops, and many online advertisements, have come through the puppy farm system.
For more information about puppy farms, please visit:

Where do Puppies Come From?

Oscar’s Law

Prisoners for Profit

Say No To Animals in Pet Shops

Adding a new animal to your family and home is a serious decision. They are, after all, living, breathing creatures that can live anywhere between 12 to 18 years.  During this time, they require your love, attention and care for all aspects of their life.
Each breed has their own individual needs and aspects of care.  BRV encourages you to take the time to research the breed and their needs to ensure they will fit into your lifestyle and that you, in return, can meet their needs.  
To help you with this task, you will need the advice of registered breeders who are breeding for the betterment (in terms of health and temperament) of the animal as opposed to those who are doing it purely for the money. 

To find the contact details of registered breeders, please visit
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