Frequently Asked Questions

Are your dogs registered?

My dogs are not registered. I have nothing against registered dogs but papers don’t run a rabbit. I have owned some good registered dogs & I’ve run with some people who own some mighty fine registered dogs but I haven’t found any registered dogs that have suited me better than the dogs I’m raising. I hear a lot of people who brag about what their dog’s granddad & other ancestors were. With no disrespect meant,  I don’t care what the ancestors accomplished. What matters is what this dog is doing! 

The main reason for my dogs being grade is the fact that a lot of people who deal with registered dogs are known to switch up papers resulting in papers that are a big lie. There are some honest breeders out there but without DNA testing you can never be 100% sure if your papers are true.

I understand the reasons for pedigree & registration but I think a lot of people are running around with great pedigrees & papers but the dogs they’re running are not that impressive to me. In a lot of cases people have bred the awesome registered dog to every other registered dog out there resulting in a watered down bloodline that is better looking on paper than it is in the field.

You can register any of my dogs with the UKC. In my opinion, all this registration stuff is about one thing….. money. If you pay to have them registered with the UKC then you can run them in UKC field trial formats. I don't field trial so I don't get caught up in the registered deal. Having a paper on a dog doesn't make it one bit better.

There's a false idea out there that registered dogs are far superior than grade dogs & worth a lot more all over a piece of paper. I've seen a bunch of registered dogs that were not worth a flip but they had a pedigree a mile long & the papers were only good for 2 things…..starting a fire & toilet paper.

What bloodlines are your dogs out of ?

My dogs are out of Skullfork & Weir Creek bloodlines. I’ve had great success with getting consistent results as far as hunt, confirmation, etc.

What speed are your dogs?

All of my dogs run an upper-medium speed. I want them to run as fast as their nose will allow them to under control. I don’t like a dog that walks the track every time you go & I don’t like a dog that runs like a greyhound when they don’t have the track & I can't stand a dog that keeps on going straight barking wide open for 75 yards past where the rabbit turned. How can that dog find the point of loss & get the check? I believe in speed under control. Conditions vary & I think a dog should adapt their speed to the conditions. When the conditions are right I want them to smoke the rabbit to the point the rabbit better get a move on or he’s had a bad day.

I’ve had days when the dogs ran the rabbit down & caught it but that doesn’t happen all that often. My main thing is I want my dogs to go as fast as they can without over running the track by more than just a few feet before they realize they don’t have the track. I can’t stand a dog that is still barking when you know the dog lost the track 25 feet back because then they have to find the track again. I know wind & other factors can play into the scenting conditions but a good dog will figure it out real quick.

What kind of dog food do you feed your dogs?

I feed my dogs Victor dog food with a 28/16 protein/fat ratio. I have found this to be a great dog food to feed year round. The dogs stay in great shape with less waste to clean up. My pups eat the same food starting at 3 weeks of age & I've had great sucess using it. I have fed other dog foods including Purina High Pro, Black Gold, & Joy but I like the results of Victor much better since making the switch.

Victor has no filler at all so you feed less food & the dogs have less waste so it makes cleaning the kennels faster as well.

I can sell it if you want to get a great dog food. Call for pricing.

What kind of worming schedule do you use?

I worm pups @ 3,4,5,7,& 12 weeks old with Pyrantel. I start pups on heart worm prevention at 6 months of age with Ivermec. They get that the 1st of every month. They also get Albendazole on the 15th of every month to prevent tapeworms, etc. I take worming seriously.

Do you have a waiting list & how do I get on it?

 I don't have a waiting list any more. I tried to have one but people would put their name down & only 85% came through so it became so much work keeping up with phone numbers, etc.

I do take deposits on dogs that I put on the Upcoming Started Dog Page. All the details & info on how that works is on that page.

I do have an email list people can join & get emails the minute new dogs are available for deposit  & have been put on the website.

Do you ship dogs by air or ground?

I prefer to ALWAYS show dogs in the field before you purchase but I realize that it’s not always possible to do that. We can ship your dog by air. You will be responsible for the arrangements with the airline. Flights will be out of Memphis, TN & there would be some additional fees to the price of the dog like the dog crate & something for our trouble to get the dog to the airport. You'll also have to pay  for vet visit & the paperwork needed from the vet that the airlines require.

If you want to ship by ground, you’ll have to make arrangements with a dog hauler or I don't have any specific dog hauler to recommend. Beagles On Fire will accept no responsibility for the actions of dog haulers in any way. I have seen some very disturbing actions by some haulers so if you are going to ship a dog make sure you do extensive research on the individual before you hire them.

How do I get a puppy from you?

 I don’t sell puppies because I want to train ALL of the dogs that leave here so they will be a good reflection on my name & my kennel. I want them to have the chance early to make a rabbit dog. I feel that if they get that chance they have a real great chance of becoming what they were bred for.

A lot of people have great intentions to do this & that with a pup as it gets older but time gets away from them & the dog suffers for it. It’s a lot of work that you have to do when there’s a lot more fun things you could be doing but come season look out because if that young pup got his chances he’s gonna impress. RABBIT DOGS ARE NOT MADE IN SEASON THEY’RE MADE IN THE OFF SEASON WHEN YOUR BUDDIES ARE HAVING FUN & YOU’RE OUT PUTTING TRACKS ON YOUR YOUNG DOG!

Can I breed to one of your dogs?

NO! I don’t breed to anyone else's dogs. It's not because I don't think anyone else has good dogs. I just work so hard to protect my name by the quality of what our name is on so I choose not to breed to other dogs because I want to know what I'm putting out & how those pups turn out so I just take care of only breeding my own dogs.

Do you field trial your dogs?

I never have & I don’t have any desire to at this time. I have nothing against it. I’ve run with some dogs that were Trial Dogs just for kicks & grins at the farm & I was very proud of the way my dogs performed. I truly believe if a person were to take some of these dogs to an ARHA trial they would do well. However, field trials are usually as much about politics & who you know than bout who really has the best "rabbit dog".

The main reason I don’t field trial is I just love running my own 6 - 10 pack & if I had to drive to a location with 1 or 2 dogs to have someone judge them who might be more concerned with politics than honesty I’d just be upset so I just enjoy them myself.

When can I come & watch the dogs run?

I run as often as possible. I can go most any morning or evening if I know in advance. I’m self-employed so my schedule is somewhat flexible.

 Will you train or start my young dog for me?

Yes! I have a 9 acre starting pen that I start dogs in for the public. I can also put your other dogs in to get them back in shape or to get them into more rabbits. 

Do you buy dogs?

I am NOT looking for ANY dogs. I prefer to raise my own but I sometimes buy if someone is selling. I will ALWAYS watch the dogs before I will buy & may not be interested in them at any price. 1st & foremost they’ll have to be something I would put my name on because I will NEVER sell junk under any circumstance. 

If you’re trying to move some I encourage you try to sell them to someone else because I really don’t want to buy any.

If I buy a dog from you will you buy it back?

It very rarely happens but I have bought a few dogs back that I sold to people because they were getting out of rabbit hunting, personnel matters, etc. 

If I buy a dog from you do you give me a trial period with the opportunity to return it & get my money back?

I DO NOT give a trial or money back guaranty on dogs that you buy. I show all of my dogs in the field. I have no problem showing them until you are comfortable spending your money on the dog.

I don’t want anyone to buy a dog that they are not 100% positive they want to buy that dog. I know what I’m selling & how the dog has performed so when I sell it I expect it to do a great job for you.

However, some dogs take a few weeks to settle in at their new home. I’ve had dogs that were awesome when they left here but when they were taken out they wouldn’t perform at first until they accepted the fact that they were no longer at my kennels.

Young started dogs will not be brought back to me with the excuses that they won’t hunt or they’re gun shy or any other excuse. There is no such thing as a perfect dog especially a young dog. 

I am proud of the dogs I sell & most people are very happy with the dogs they buy but I can’t please everyone. I think there are some people that you could pay to take the best dog you have & they’d still complain about something.

Can I get you to put my dog on your website & will you sell it for me?

I DO NOT sell dogs for other people. I’m not a dog trader just out to make a dollar. I don’t make a living selling dogs & my name means everything to me so I don’t sell any dogs other than my own.       © Beagles On Fire 2012