Sunshine Acres Beagles
Indoor Companion Beagles
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Why invest in: our FAMILY RAISED
-vs.- "Cage Raised & Hunting Hound" lines
to be your family's indoor house-pet.
Sunshine Acres Beagle Puppies... Indoor Raised Pedigreed Pampered Pets..
We don't show dogs but its nice to know that our bloodlines started from companion CDX Champions (Companion Dog Excellent - an AKC obedience title, denotes championship status), & CH (Champion) titled Conformation AKC dog show winners; Obedient, beautiful, breed standard correct Purebred Beagles !
We continued from those origins to breed for superior housepets. We are going beyond breeding for winning looks, or tracking instincts- Our top priority as a family has always been to develop the best homebody family members, encompassing all the wonderful qualities of beagles. We wanted to incorporate simply the best of those various pinpointed qualities found in different beagle lines, & selectively breed focusing on all the beneficial qualities that make a beagle perfect for the average American family, who purely wants a indoor companion, happy to be a homebody, not a show star or instinct driven tracker, in order to create ultimate house pet beagles, for ourselves to enjoy, and to share with families who also simply want to enjoy a loving lapdog..
We think there are many important aspects to a family pet, and rather than essentially breeding for a champion in the show ring- primarily focusing the attention on only those particular standards focused on to achieve notoriety, we aim for a champion pet, best for in your home! We choose to also consider & incorporate everything needed to make better loving lap dogs to fit in with your happy pet home - those qualities that you & I as pet lovers favor, from personality, intelligence & temperament, to coat quality, good health & individual adorableness, so that it all comes together into one well-rounded housepet!
We no longer individually register our babies with sporting dog registries, as we were being encouraged to hone their talents to track rabbits, and we feel there is a huge market in America with families who desire beagles that don't want to track animals, but rather be indoor companions pets who are content with that lifestyle. This way breeders will not try to purchase our well rounded more homebody oriented beagle traits, plus our luxurious coats & unique pet-perfect line to use in their own breeding programs. All our beagle puppies are from AKC parents/ lines. We can provide a copy of the parent's/ ancestor's AKC papers. These guys are intended to be pets & family members only, If you do not plan to breed, show or hunt- then you would not need papers. If you do plan to breed beagles, please Do Not entertain the idea of adding one of our sweethearts to your breeding kennel.
Our Sunshine beagles are for Pet Homes Only! We DNA test our line of beagles to prevent anyone using one of our beagle puppies for breeding, which is prohibited; even having one litter could potentially let our many years of work developing our unique pet variety homebody beagles into the hands and evironment of a puppy mill, or a breeding program, especially where tracking ability is improved upon; since we've bred this out of our line, ours would be a disappointment to Hunting Enthusiasts, similar to how little Shiloh in the movie series the Shilloh Trilogy..was a disappointment to his first owner a hunter ,for his lack of desire in that direction!
If you already have a beagle & you are getting one from us of an opposite gender, we ask that you forward a copy of your spaying or neutering receipt, or your vets contact information so that we can verify. Thanks for your understanding of our Pet-Only mission!
Khaki colored Grace plays & lounges on her favorite log in our big back yard.
she blends in well , see if you can spot her on top of the large fallen log..
our beagles' favorite outdoor spot- the back porch.
Many of our beagles ancestors' are from
Pedigreed Pampered Pets
Show Pedigreed Beagle Bloodlines
Show dogs are typically indoor dogs when not traveling to compete in Dog Shows
1st Place ! We don't normally show dogs but decided to try it for fun at a local show... putting our gorgeous Khaki Stud dog "Cashmere" in the ring for his first time..
he took home the first Place Ribbon and Trophy
THIS WAS A FUN SHOW TO BENEFIT
THE ANIMAL SHELTERS
WE DON'T SHOW, OR HUNT OUR
FAMILY PET BEAGLES.
|( Show dogs are raised for different purposes ) Unlike hunting lines, show lines are typically bred with traits more favorable to indoor lifestyles, when not out on the road at Dog shows. The Show Bloodlines have also been bred for the Beagle Standards like Beauty, form, coats and obedience. They make excellent calm indoor Pets. Our dogs have many Top NW. Show Champion Ancestors as well as Companion Dog CDX. Titled Champions. We do not plan for our customers to show our dogs, but we love the pets these Bloodlines can produce because they don't have the strong hunting instincts. Over the past 18 yrs of breeding specifically for pets (1990), we have sold our pups into pet homes exclusively.|
Note: Below there will be pictures of both our beagles on this page, and for comparison purposes associate with this page there will be pictures of other beagles from other breeder's lines. (so if you see the hunting lines' dog boxes further down, please read the comparison captions & know those aren't associated with our babies! )
( Hunting Hounds ) In many hunting-bred kennels, the strongly scent-influenced beagles must be raised in cages. This "up of the ground" tactic keeps the hounds from being able to follow a scent under or over a fence.
We have respect for those field trial and hunting breeders who are improving the beagle breed for the sporting market, and realize that their market is for other Field Trial and hunting enthusiasts.
Unfortunately, there are many Hunting Bloodlines have been sold into pet homes after a breeder has worked with and chosen out his top prospects to improve his line for tracking primarily rabbits, and in many cases these that end up in pet homes were for hundreds of years selectively bred for their talents, rather than necessarily looks, or temperament, etc. Many people are familiar with and have relayed their stories and experience with the Hunting hounds very commonly shedding more and having a hound odor, not found in most show bloodlines, and they are ruled by hunting instinct, rather than love of the family. Many of these tracking lines can also tend to be much more noisy, the bark is louder and longer more of a howl than a bark to alert you of strangers etc. The Pet variety beagles that we have developed by selectively not breeding dogs that display undesirable traits, are much quieter and more appropriate for home and city life. At a certain age almost all hunting bloodline pups instinctively begin to track the scents of animals, understandably as they were bred to do. For many beagle pet owners the unfortunate part is that regardless of how much love, and attention they have given their hunting stock puppy, it begins to try to escape your backyard, or house and go hunt in any wooded area near your home, because that is what makes the hunting bred beagle happy, and they can't be content living out their life in a Pet home with a family that just wanted a beagle to spoil and keep inside the house with them, and got the wrong line of beagles for their intentions. Even though I never taught or encouraged my first three Beagles to hunt, they all began to climb out, dig out, or zoom past me when the door was opened! Chasing your dog in a neighborhood, or getting calls from your neighbors when your dog gets out is not fun. But until moving to Seattle, finding out about the Show dogs they have out there, like many people I did not realize there was a BIG difference in the Blood! Be careful in choosing the type of beagle you want for your home! Be sure you are not getting a puppy from the wrong background and upbringing for what you intend to do with your beagle.
If you intend for it to be an indoor pet dont buy one from a cage or you may find out why its kept that way to keep it in from running off !
( akc requires cement floor kennel runs with chain link to keep dogs separated )
If you intend to hunt or do Field Trials, we encourage you to go to a reputable breeder, who is breeding for the best of those characteristics you desire.
Our Beagles bred & raised to be Companion pets
However if instead you want a constant companion who goes where you go and keeps you company through life...
look for a breeder who breeds for those qualities only ~
Our babies enjoying their acreage to run and play together on.
( sweetheart stud Rover, Tracy behind him, BabyGirl in back, Bonnie on log, Eclipse with open markings/ white on her back, and Lady behind.)
||Bonnie growing up in our home|
learning to eat Canned food, and use Paper keeping her beddy clean
Grace oversees Bonnie fun time with the kids!
|Bonnie in our home's Whelping Room with her new babies!|
Bonnie's puppy, here at home before finding her match & forever home!
the Scott family comes out to meet with us and welcome home Bonnie's hand raised
puppy as the newest member of their family! They said they had looked at other
beagle puppies, and were so glad to have finally found us so their search was
They trully appreciated the way our family is so dedicated to the manner in which we raise our beagles to share with other families.
Pets bred from Show Pedigreed origins
| (Angel's son
| (Great great granddaughter"
Angel's son Mr. Puppy
( Kodiak little boy," Cassey's" Dad)
Show Bloodline. Their markings are prettier, because dogs are selectively chosen for looks rather than a good nose! ( go to Angel's story page to see how it all began..)
INDOOR FAMILY RAISED -VS- CAGE RAISED PUPS
Puppies raised indoors with the family tend to be much easier to housebreak, and better socialized to interact with kids and other pets.. Housebreaking begins at 3 weeks, with our pups learning to go on paper at a young age -vs- those unfamiliarized and raised in cages the way some hunters do it.. According to many of our customers' experience with those types of beagles, some never got the program... and those end up being outside dogs, or given away. Of course there are exceptions to every rule, and some folks are able to make a good pet from beagles started from non-pet kennels.
Handling pups from birth makes them much more gentle..
|Gentle Angel loves our new Easter Chick and treats her like her
baby protecting her from harm, and other animals like the chic were her own..
Great Great- grandma to our line of beagles..
Angel's grandkids inherit her gentle nature allowing our baby ducks to come into their area without harming a feather.
(bottle feeding a baby kid with the dogs looking on.)
Our bloodline originates from the Northwest- Seattle area SHOW CHAMPION dogs we purchased from show kennels for pets, after trying repeatedly to make pets out of southern hunting hounds. What a vast difference in desire! Our dogs wanted to stay indoors with the family with a strong desire to learn from, love, and please the family .. vs the field bloodline beagles I had purchased who wanted to be outside, in the neighboring woods tracking animals, and would escape the fencing to get there and fulfill their calling!
We even raised baby goats seen above, with the dogs, and in 5 years none of the Goat-kids were ever bothered by our beagle pets.
depending on what you want to do with your beagle puppy...
Buy from someone doing what you plan to do..
If you want to Show Dogs, buy from someone who shows them .
If you want to Hunt or do Field Trials with your beagle, buy from someone who does since that's what they are being bred for.
If you want a Family Pet who is happy and content Indoors or in your fenced in yard ..
choose one from a breeder who breeds to improve these qualities and all other traits perfect-for-indoors that make a beagle a wonderful family addition.
sunny visits her puppies in our Puppy Office.
Miss Christina years ago dated a Field Trial top knotch breeder/enthusiast. She
gained a great deal of respect for the Field Trial enthusiasists and the work
they do to improve their lines for what the beagle was originally designed and
intended to do. He was very proffessional and had a great kennel and his ethics
were as they should be as he sold only to those looking for what he bred for.
He had many champion Field Trail dogs, and other field trial breeders purhased
from his bloodline. He chose not to sell off the pups that didn't pass all his
requirements to Homes looking for a housepet. He felt that getting calls from
customers down the road that were unhappy that their dog wanted to track animals
was not worth including that market in his business.
We applaud the responsible breeders like us who care about where their puppies spend the remainder of their life, and see to it that its appropriate for the instinct that they have designed it to have.
HUNTING HOUNDS ARE BRED FOR THE INSTINCT TO HUNT..
If you aren't looking to hunt
with your beagle
there's nothing wrong with this dont get us wrong, Miss C's favorite Uncles all hunted and raised beagles very good at it, she grew up with beagle breeders, and loved their dogs.
One- Pascal Moore, was a famous Birddog breeder who also worked years ago to guide hunters using his bird dogs and beagles .
we appreciate those who do it and sell to others who also hunt their dogs, everyone has their specialty in life... ours just focuses in on owners who dont plan to hunt their beagles.
Thats our chosen Niche and we dont try to compete with them for theirs.
It is necessary in order to keep those from digging or climbing out to run off though.
It's that, or a chain link cement floored pen for them to carry out their lives in...
Try making a homebody out of one of those... no wonder they are sold so cheap- they wont stay home!
Are you looking to put a kennel in your yard to contain your pet? or do you want an indoor lap dog?
There are of course respectable hunting-dog breeders, and if you are personally a devoted hunter, then you may not mind the traits, instincts, ect associated with the hunting bred beagles, since he is happily doing his job that he has had generation after generation bred into his blood. However, if you are purely looking for a lovable family beagle, that wants nothing more than to be with you, whether on the couch watching tv, jogging through the neighborhood, sleeping with you in bed, or whatever it is that you are doing, then your are looking for a beagle that has been bred for those member-of-your-family qualities, eliminating the scent-driven mind's instinct and desire to run and hunt, replacing it with a companion-driven desire to observe, learn from and please his respected and beloved master. If you are looking to provide a pet home, You don't want to have to chase your stereotypical hunting-happy beagle through the streets, or sit at home with the kids worrying about where your dog is, and if he's okay. You want a companion beagle, who isn't waiting by the door for a chance to get out into a world of scents, but is instead at your doorstep after a quick potty break, wanting more than anything to come back in the house just like everyday and get back to being your pampered, canine family member.
We sometimes joke about the 2 types of beagles, the ones that just wants out, and ours that just want back in.
come Dot, lets go inside!
our gals Dot & Daisy
tricolor Daisy out in our back yard & napping on our back porch
hanging out loose without leaving the yard
Trust me I know from experience; this is me on my front porch where I would find my first Beagle "Katie" every morning after she would climb right over our nice big fenced backyard and go hunting in the near-by woods. Finally I feared for her safety as the woods became developed near our house and she had to cross busy streets to get back home.. I gave her to a family out in the country who had a farm. Ever wonder why you often see FREE BEAGLE ads in the paper? Someone has made the mistake of trying to make a pet out of one of the cheap hunting stock puppies.. It doesn't work.. Been there done that.. But the good news is.. There are Pet Variety Beagles available here !! You get what you pay for, ours last a lifetime. 10-15 years.. instead of till they learn to run off and hunt !!
Field Beagles and Gun Dogs
| My 3rd Beagle "Aubie" was bought from a hunter- I tried to
make an apartment dog out of her... with no success.. she never was housebroken
completely, so I walked her a lot. At the time I managed an apt complex in
Tampa Fla. and could go home for lunch with her. Anytime someone came to
the door she would fly past my legs and be gone for hours tracking squirrels and
whatever she could sniff out in the nearby neighborhoods.. I would chase after
her repeatedly.. finally after moving to Seattle she got out of her yard
and was hit crossing the road
and I spoke to my vet there who told me about the Show Bloodline Pet variety
beagles in the North West. Once I bought one (Angel) I knew I needed to
bring that type of Beagle to the South.
Aubie was very aloof and never liked to snuggle or sit on my lap etc. When moving to the NW. she hid under the front seat of our u-haul rather than sitting on my lap for the trip as our dogs now would to be close to us.
Purchased out of a cage in Tampa Florida from a Preacher who Hunted." Aubie" my 3rd Beagle.
Beagles as well as many other breeds are also often raised for pet store and flea market quick sales,
in extremely small confined areas such as these pictured below
A puppy mill housing in Georgia
These kennels do not provide any yard or exercise area for the poor animals to socialize and/or get the needed human interaction/ play time outside to keep them happy and healthy over their years of forced confinement up off the ground.
pet stores sell puppies that come from breeders who apparently don't care to know where their dogs end up, which could be this same environment for all they know or care.
We NEVER sell to pet stores, breeders, hunters, or anyone planning to resell our unique bloodline in order to be sure this never happens to one of our babies.
Breeders that sell to petstores have no way of knowing the customer, and ever getting any input on the positive or negative traits in that dog's parents' line. Reputable Breeders know that by brining in and combing different lines to avoid inbreeding, there can be herditary issues that they are unaware of that don't surface immediately until a specific genetic combinationcan enhances that genetic defect to come up farther down the line, and the only way they will know this is if the pet owner tells them, we saw this comment recently which really sums it up: "Sometimes health issues aren't discovered until farther down the line. No reputable breeder should be disqualified if they didn't know about the hereditary problem but does take action to clean it from their breeding program."
A breeder selling to pet stores can't get the necessary feedback that a reputable breeder values. Sometimes its a certain pair of adults' genetics being combined that brings out a defect. A reputable breeder wants customer input so that they can continue to improve their breeding program and retire certain parents when and if there is any genetic issues that comes up later, into their own pet homes. A petstore has no commitment to the ongoing improvement of any bloodline and usually customers have no way of connecting to the original owners/breeder that sold the litter unscrupulously.
INDOOR COMPANION BEAGLES
Daughter Christi's first day home from the hospital (april 1990), year old Angel Cuddles right up to her new family member.
She even baby-sits while mom is busy!!! lol !
in the pic on the left, I took when I backed up to snap their photo Christi tipped over so Angel put her paw on her leg to hold her up!!
Two years later (may 1992) she did the same with my son Cody as well !
After raising the kids around such a wonderful companion, Miss Christina decided to stay home with her kids and dogs, and devote her life and career to developing beagles for families to enjoy like ours. This is a family mission in order to provide other families like our own with beagles strictly for pets, and to always have puppies around for the kids to enjoy and satisfy our need for a puppy fix! We have also developed an extensive website to share our addiction with other folks across america who enjoy our family-oriented version of baby beagles and all picture and updates !
Our puppies are born in our home, so we are constantly around them, and our adults enjoy our big wooded acreage property, where they can play and get the exercise.
Visiting some of our pups..
South Park "Spencer"
|"Peaches" in Linwood Wa.|
(We have lots of e-mails, updates
& pictures sent from many of our happy
customers posted on our Happy Families pages & Got Two pages for you to
(Providence Rd. "Champ" his mom says he proves dogs don't hurt hardwood floors, they don't have a fenced yard so he learned not to go off their back deck. She also says she is not allergic to his less shedding type fur- we hear this a lot, awesome! )
Lucy's owners say that unlike their previous 2 beagles, "Lucy doesn't bring home
dead rabbits, shed much, or cause any of the family to have to take Allergy
medicine ! "
Cindy's mom" Gentle"
(Sunshine Acres Stanley)
|We have shipped pups to customers in other states, this one went to a lady up in Alaska who's relative had bought one of our pups from Tacoma Wa. This picture was taken the day the puppy arrived in AK. She was very pleased, there aren't many breeders in her state she told us.|
Christi playing with "Snoopy" before we sold him
At 2yrs & at 10yrs.
Snoopy's family writes and sends pictures of him over the years.. They even buy him a "dog" after we move south.
They say he is a member of the family, she is just a dog.!!
they keep in touch by Christmas Cards over the years and tell us his personality far outweighed hers.
He was snuggly and loving, she was distant and frightened acting.
They also added she had the hound dog odor they had heard about. Snoopy needed far fewer baths over the years, they said he just shined and shed much less than her coat did.
"Wilbur" the runt ( we got his name from the runt in Charlotte's Web) he is with litter mates of all colors! he is the silver and white one at top between two light blond lemon beagles.
This silver beagle was purchased for an elderly lady who lived at the outer banks. Her neighbor saw our ad in the Charlotte Observer and drove over to bring one to her. He picked the little silver runt because he matched her hair he said ! She later wrote me and told me how much she loved Wilbur. She said he is so spoiled he gets to sleep with her !!
Let us provide you with a Companion Pet to enjoy !
-vs-a hunting bred Beagle bloodline bred to track animals, often known to leave your yard to do so ..
After viewing all our helpful sunshine acres beagle puppy topics,
Once you are sure that you want a puppy from Sunshine Acres Beagles,
Ask us about an available puppy, or you can join the waiting list for the option of choosing from just the right babies for you! Quite often our waiting list lines are satisfied in certain categories and we make puppies available to approved homes, or those who in the meanwhile went ahead and got pre-approved so that when they're ready, they would be individually contacted for as specific of a type of puppy as they desire. Some folks have a very defined look that they're hoping to adopt from us, and they are willing to patiently wait until we have one that matches their dream puppy that they can consider, while others who have read through all our detailed pages and the many happy families letters, pictures & updates (found on Happy Families pages) just know they want a sunshine beagle, and the chance to claim their own when it all works perfectly for them!
they are worth a small wait on your dream new best friend for life
(as evidenced by the many return
customers and refferals we get from current customers to their friends and
family who meet our babies across the Nation.. )
Folks drive here in RV.s, Fly here on planes, and come by car, from
near, and far, flying in from California, Miami, and so on to adopt their own
Sunshine Acres Beagle Puppy..
They are worth it ! Once claiming one of our puppies for yourself, you can watch for updated pictures as he/she & the littermates grow, until it is time for your puppy to come home. Buy your new buddy and have them around for 10-17 years, or look in the paper and purchase an offered over the weekend puppy you know nothing about to spend time with every day , cuddling with , or playing outside. Getting a new puppy is a commitment- Don't simply jump on the quickest availability you find in the paper; in many cases the cage raised beagle pups that families have come across is fearful and or timid to say the least, its often not that a rescued beagle is fearful due to the fact that someone has mistreated as it is often simily that that timid behavior is bred into that puppy from genetics and they will show that behavior whether abused or not unfortunately. sometimes its thru no fault of the breeder and its in their genes to be shy. If you are looking for a Hunting or Field Trial Beagle, we do encourage you to seek out a reputable hunting or field trial breeder that has worked to also improve his lines in those areas that you desire; know where your new puppy / lifelong dog is coming from and how it was raised for your purposes.
We appreciate everyone's patience especially during
soft less shedding silver girl "Starlet" and littermates @ 5 weeks have learned to play with their toys and use paper, keeping their bed clean.
Christi hadto keep her favorite baby starlet! She and boyfriend Jake worked together to raise this cutie.
Jake gets in with our keeper puppy Starlet in her new puppy-stage setup with bed, play area & toys, and the option of paper.
(adding an open crate into the setup comes soon after! )
Starlet says "Hey Christi, Jake's already fallen asleep! I'm fixing to.. but first let me share this bit of modeling ive still got in my system, and then Ill be good for Zzzzs!
WHEN PLANNING ON A 10-15 YEAR COMMITMENT WITH A NEW PUPPY..
WHICH WILL YOU CHOOSE FOR YOUR FAMILY PET?
A PUPPY RAISED TO BE AN INDOOR COMPANION,( TRICOLORS OR OUR GORGEOUS LESS SHEDDING RARE COLOR FUR, REQUIRING LESS BATHING, LESS EXERCISE, NO CHASING AFTER WHILE IT TRIES TO LEAVE YOUR YARD TO TRACK ANIMALS, MUCH QUIETER AND MORE CONTENT TO BE INSIDE WITH THE FAMILY, WITH DEWCLAWS REMOVED WHENEVER POSSIBLE, SHOT RECORDS AND HEALTH FOLDER, PAPER TRAINING, AND SOCIALIZED WITH CHILDREN AND OTHER PETS, BORN INSIDE WITH THE FAMILY AND RAISED FOR FAMILIES TO ENJOY AS WE DO )
OR A HUNTING HOUND RAISED IN A CAGE AND/OR OFTEN STARTED ON RABBITS AS SEEN FURTHER ABOVE IN THE PICTURES OF OTHER KENNELS?
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