The Pocket Beagle is a mini version of the standard English Beagle. Theories suggest that this purebred dog has been made to breed through selective breeding by latter day breeders to attain the miniature size. These sturdy scent hounds have a square-shaped straight muzzle with full nostrils. Having a long tail, hanging ears and hazel brown eyes, the Pocket Beagles are ideal pets for people looking for small size dogs.
||Mini Beagle, Miniature Beagle, Toy Beagle, Teacup Beagle, Olde English Pocket Beagle|
|Coat||Medium, short, hard|
|Color||Tricolor, black and tan, red, orange, lemon (combined with white)|
|Group (of Breed)||Hound (scent hound, hunting dog)|
|Lifespan||12 to 15 years|
|Weight/Size||7 to 15 pounds|
|Height||Small; 7 to 12 inches|
|Temperament||Gentle, curious, brave, sociable|
|Good with Child||Yes|
|Country of Origin||UK|
|Litter Size||2-14 puppies|
|Health Concerns||Epilepsy, hypothyroidism, dwarfism|
The pocket beagle originated in England where they were used for hunting. They would run through low bushes and dense shrubs to catch smaller animals like rabbits. British Queen Elizabeth had a few small-size Beagles, also termed as ‘pocket beagles’, an old line of dogs that has disappeared, and is found no more. It is the modern day breeders that have recreated the present-day ‘pocket beagle’ that we see today.
Being gentle, the pocket beagles are usually good with children. Because of their hunting instincts, keeping them around small non-canine pets is not recommended. Enough time and attention should be given to them as they do not like living in solitude. Adopting two puppies together reduces the chances of separation anxiety. These curious, brave and lively dogs are loud barkers, which might get you in trouble with your neighbors.
Being bred for hunting in the wild, this frivolous and unruly beagle might be loud while barking or can be lost anywhere around, which might be risky, for which reason, the owner should ensure proper training, socializing them with cats and other pets. Set rules clearly and be the pack leader while out for walks, while they still are puppies.
For non-vegetarian diet, insist on fresh, real meat for which any one or a combination of items like Lean hamburger, Lean, white breast chicken, Lamb, Turkey, Veal or fish like Tuna, Mackerel or tuna, that consists of 35-45% of one complete serving. Vegetarian foods should include 35-45% of their diet including sweet peas, beans, broccolis and cauliflowers or potatoes and sweet potatoes, as you choose. Pasta and brown rice can also be opted for their need for starch intake. Vitamin and mineral dog supplement mixed in their home-cooked or commercial meals or can even be used in tablet form. As for dry food, only 7/8th to 1 3/8th cups of a high-quality dry dog food daily is recommended. This amount is to be divided into two equal meals.