About Talbot Hill

Beagles have been a part of my life for thirty years, sharing my couch and occupying a large portion of my heart.  Like many, I was first introduced to the breed through a family pet, “Barney”, and eventually, when time and motherhood permitted, the breed drew me back to my lifelong interest in breeding quality animals.  I had grown up in 4-H and FFA, showing and judging horses and livestock.   I was consistently among the top judges in the state in horse, livestock, and meats judging and earned a bronze medal at Nationals in 1979 (Livestock) and a silver in 1980 (Meats).  After high school, I went on to Washington State University where I studied livestock judging, competed on the livestock judging team, and graduated with a degree in Agriculture Education.

I purchased my first show beagle in 1997 and Hershey became my first owner-handled champion.  My first litter was whelped in January 2002 – a litter of five red & white bitches – and with that litter began my fondness for red & white beagles.  The first puppy born in that litter was the first to bear my kennel name, “Talbot Hill”, and she went on to become my first homebred champion, CH. Talbot Hill’s Overture, “Rosie”.  “Talbot Hill” was a local reference as well as an historical reference to the all white Talbot Hound, an ancestor of the beagle from centuries ago.  Like the Talbot Hound, my first litter of red & white puppies was born completely white, not a single marking for the first two weeks of their lives.  We had to paint their toenails with nail polish in order to tell them apart!

Since that first litter in 2002, I’ve bred numerous champions and had several nationally ranked dogs.  I’m proudest of my back-to-back 13″ Best of Winners/Best Bred By Exhibitor at the 2005 and 2006 National Specialties, CH. Beowulf Talbot Hill Grace Note and CH. Talbot Hill’s Razzle Dazzle, both breeder/owner-handled and both just seven months old at the time.  Most special to me is Herbie, multiple BIS/BISS CH. Talbot Hill’s Thyme After Time.  Herbie was the #2 15″ Beagle in the U.S. in 2008 (All Systems), Select Dog at the 2010 Nationals, and the first red & white beagle in the history of the breed to win multiple Best in Shows.

I enjoy the sport of purebred dogs; not for the ribbons and the rankings, but for the opportunity to travel, to see friends who share a similar passion, and to see beautiful dogs.  A battle with non-Hodgkins Lymphoma in 2008, and its aftermath, has caused me to focus less on the “sport” of purebred dogs in recent years and more on the “art” of breeding purebred dogs….which, to be honest, is where my heart truly lies.  I strive to breed healthy, happy, beautiful dogs that can excel in the show ring, the field or performance arena, and on the family couch.  Thank you to the breeders who have made Talbot Hill beagles a part of their breeding programs and to the families who have made Talbot Hill beagles a part of their homes.


National Beagle Club of America – Supporting Member and Judge’s Education Breed Mentor

Western Washington Hound Assn. – Member

The Beagle Club (UK) – Member

The Beagle Association (UK) – Member


16 thoughts on “About Talbot Hill

  1. Hi Carrie,

    Someone we met in the street who had a really nice beagle recommended us to take contact with you for find a puppy beagle. He told us he bought is dog with you.
    We have seen you have puppies in this moment. Do you think it’s possible to visit you for discuss about beagle dog and adoption?
    Please, let me know.
    Have a nice day Carrie!

    • Hello Michel!

      I appreciate your interest in my beagles. At this time I am accepting inquiries from breeders/exhibitors and former Talbot Hill owners. The puppies are just one week old today and too young to evaluate so I do not yet know which ones will go to show homes and which will go to pet homes…or how many will be show or pet. Since this is my first litter in six years, I have already had inquiries from those who have Talbot Hill beagles and I have had some interest from breeders/exhibitors as well. As the puppies get older, I will begin to assess the litter and make decisions about their futures. When I have puppies available, it will be announced on my blog along with an application, perhaps as early as mid-July. Please “Follow” my blog for the latest news about the availability of a puppy.

      Best Wishes! Carrie 🙂

  2. Hi there, we’re considering a puppy and came across your info. Where are you located? Do you have pups available, if not, when do you plan on expecting some?

    • Thank you for your interest in Talbot Hill Beagles. I am located in the Seattle area and do not have any puppies available currently. Please check the “Puppies” page and “Links” page on my site for information about available puppies/beagles and “Follow” my blog for announcements about upcoming litters. I expect to announce plans for my next litter sometime in October 2015.

  3. Hi Carrie,

    I’d like to send you a recent photo of Sophie. Can you please send me your email address and I’ll send one. I tried the email address I had but I’m not sure it’s gone through.



  4. I am so happy I found your website and will be following you for a puppy in the future. Spunky is now a ten-year old beagle and was suppose to ge the kids’ dog but has won my heart over. I would like to get another beagle puppy in the future and am impressed with your dedication to being a reputable puppy breeder and the genuine caring you show for your puppies’ future home. Thank you!!

  5. Trying to find out where you are located at. Looking for A beagle puppy brown and white with no black. We live in Portland , Oregon.

    • I am located in Seattle. I am expecting a litter in late spring 2016 and if I have puppies available, they will be ready for new homes in late July. Color is not a consideration when I breed. My bitch can produce tri, red & white, and blue but the male that she has been bred to, to our knowledge, can only produce tri-color. It would be nice to see some variety in the coloration of the puppies in the litter but we will have to wait to see what we get. Again, as a breeder, color is immaterial.

  6. Hi-
    I wanted to find out if the puppies coming in May are going to be 13″?
    Also, are they all reserved already? We wanted to fill out the application, but wasn’t sure if it was too late for your annual (or every two year) litter.

    • Thank you for your inquiry, Christine. The sire of the litter is 13″; the dam is 14″. There may be both 13″ and 15″ beagles in the litter but we won’t know their variety until they are fully grown. I suspect that most, if not all, will be 15″ beagles. I do not reserve puppies that have not yet been whelped so please feel free to fill out an application. Thank you for your interest in Talbot Hill Beagles.


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