|Ask the breeder if they are a member of the South Australian Canine Association
||If in doubt ask to view their SACA membership card. Membership of the SACA means they are governed by the rules and regulations of the SACA and therefore must abide by their Code of Ethics.
|Ask the breeder if they are a member of the Beagle Club of South Australia Inc.
||Being a member of the Beagle Club of South Australia Inc. does not indicate that the person is registered as a breeder. If in doubt check the Breeder’s Directory on this web site.If a breeder refers you to another breeder, ascertain whether the new contact is also a member of the South Australian Canine Association and a registered breeder with the Beagle Club of South Australia Inc.
|Ask about the parents of the puppies and if it is possible to view the dam and sire.
||Viewing the sire is not always possible, as another breeder may own him possibly interstate, but information about both sire and the dam should be readily available.If the sire is present explore the reasons why he was used. It could indicate he is a worthy sire, it could also indicate he is being used by a puppy farmer.
|Ask when the dam was last used for breeding.
||The S.A.C.A. Code of Ethics requires that the dam should only be used for breeding once in any 12 month period.
|Ask about the health and temperament of both dam and the sire. Also question the breeder about other dogs in the puppy’s pedigree.
||It is important that both the parents possess a good temperament, showing no sign of either nervousness or aggression and that both parents are free from any hereditary faults.
|Ask to view the breeder’s other beagles.
||Check the health and temperament of this stock and conditions in which they are housed.
|Ask the breeder about their experience in the breed.
||Find out how long they have been breeding, if they exhibit their beagles, and how successful their show stock has been when exhibited.