Van-Mar Beagles

Breeding Top Quality Beagles for Type, Soundness, &     Character

The Beginning

I spent a fortunate childhood on my family's 40-acre ranch where I had many opportunities in furthering my education of animals of all kinds. As teenagers, my sister and I developed breeding programs of our own in French Alpine dairy goats, New Zealand white rabbits, and Labrador Retrievers. We also competed successfully with livestock and market projects through the 4-H program. All this has lead me to find a true love and interest in the breeding aspects of dogs--and Beagles in particular. (You may view my sister's website for more information on her handling and breeding program here).

Building Our Foundation

When I was just 13 years old my parents allowed me to purchase my first "very own dog" with the money earned from selling my herd of show goats. Being accustom to Labradors, I selected one to be my first dog whom I competed in Junior Showmanship with. Not long after, I found interest in Beagles which I believed was a smaller and feistier version of the Labrador.  After a two-year course of breed-specific study and observation, I developed a deep love for the breed. In 2008 I was fortunate to obtain two lovely bitches from the kennels of Lanbur and Just-Wright who became the foundation for Van-Mar Beagles. From there I focused on breeding and showing the best Beagles I could get my hands on and, more importantly, I focused on learning from some of the best and most-respected breeders in the country.

Keeping the Passion Alive

I have since bred several AKC Champions, National,  and Best of Breed winners; among them, a Top Ten, Specialty Variety Winning, Nationally-Awarded Beagle bitch (2010). The efforts of my breeding program can already be seen in many countries, including the United States, Canada, Venezuela, Ecuador, China, Indonesia, and the Philippines.

Though I am very proud of my dogs and program, I will always consider myself a student of the breed and am constantly searching for improvement in all aspects of dog breeding, rearing, and exhibiting. I owe everything to my mentors and those that had enough faith in me to allow some of the dogs to be a part of Van-Mar. My intent is to carry on the work they have done in a way they would be proud of.