Cost to run

    “Dutton Beagles

Some people want to know why it costs so much to buy from a breeder, this is our experience.

Concerning when we need a new breeder:

We work hard to make sure any new breeding stock coming from some other source is genetic free from some of the problems like, Factor V11, which is a bleeding disorder, Musladin-Lueke Syndrome (MLS) which is Chinese Beagle syndrome. We also do a CBC and Brucelosis, along with a general health exam. Beagles brought here for breeding must pass all tests before they are considered for breeding stock.

When we buy a new breeding Beagle, we look very hard to find a Beagle with great family history and preferably CH. in Field and/or Show. A Beagle like this to buy is between $2,400.00 to $3,400.00 each. We do all the testing with the new beagle and if all goes well, we will have a new dog for breeding :) Sometimes our new prospective breeder doesn't work out and we get a family pet, or we find Him/Her another home. 

Running the kennel costs us a little more than $6,000.00 per year, without unexpected Vet bills. We are always improving our Beagles lives, so it does cost more than that per year.  

In 2015/2016 we put in around $6,000.00 of our beagle’s savings to build a shop for them. From 2017 though 2019, we worked on finishing the inside of the shop, which cost about $2,000.00.  In 2021 we are doing the final touches in the shop. We are excited to now able to use it at full capacity for our Beagles! 

The other factor that goes into our costs is listed below, we do our best to raise our beagles and puppies like family and there is a great cost even before the new families receive their new family member.

This is a list of supplies and what it takes for me to bring an average year of 15 Beagles to their new families at 8 weeks of age.


               ADULT COSTS

Totaling $6,600.00, divided by an average of 15 puppies per year and raised for the customer to receive at 8 weeks of age ($440.00 each).  When I have more puppies, cost will come down, when we have less it affects our income for tending to our beagles.

Our average annual gross is around $18,000.00, We put about 50% our gross income ($9.000.00) towards running the kennel, medical for our beagles and improvements to our kennel. There are times when we have a large Vet medical bill, due to one of our babies becoming sick….. That of course will come out of my profit.

“Double J Ranch” receives 3% of our left over puppy annual sale profit ( averaging about $265.00 a year.)  Christine Justus is the owner there at the ranch. Christine's mission is To rescue, re-home or offer sanctuary to special needs dogs in jeopardy of euthanasia. She offers hospice care as an alternative to euthanasia for dogs at multiple shelters, and educates the public about the importance of spay/neuter, unethical breeding practices, and what wonderful pets animals with special needs are. 100% of our rescue dog purchases go to “Double J Ranch”, my time and personal money I put into the rescue is because I love all dogs and I want all dogs to have a happy home.

With everything said and done, we make around $8,700.00 profit for the year. It averages about 1,000 hours a year, to take care of all the Beagles and the kennel. I spend extra time with the delivering Mothers and coming puppies. Depending on Mother and puppies health, I usually spend around 24 hours per litter for the first three or four days. I spend least 2 hours or more a day diligently monitoring Mom and the puppies as the puppies grow. On an average we spend around 360 hours per year raising puppies for families and around 170 hours updating website and working with customers.

Without the unexpected expenses and if we have the projected income of the 15 puppies for the year, we make around $5.30 per hour for a P/T  job averaging 30 hours a week. With this estimated income we make about $640.00 per month. I’m not making the money people think that I’m making. A great breeder never makes a living income with their dogs, it’s just the love they have for the breed.