The first reference about
"Pocket Beagles" can be found in the Elizabethan period. Queen
Elizabeth I was known to have these type of beagles. It is
said that they were small enough to be carried in a glove or
gauntlet. The standard of the British Beagle Club in 1890
stated "that they should be no more than 10 inches in
height......should be compact and symmetrical throughout, of
true Beagle type and show great quality and breeding."
The current British Beagle
Standard and the current American Kennel Club Standard DOES
NOT make mention of the "Pocket Beagle", at all. In England
the standard reads that "the desirable height should not
exceed sixteen inches or fall below thirteen inches. The
American Standard has two size "varieties" 13 inches and
under, or over 13" to 15 inches. Any dog over 15 inches in
America can be disqualified from the showring.
reference to the "Pocket Beagle" I can located in a reliable
reference is in the 1960's.
may be a few beagles that have the genetic tendency to be very
small, you must also consider whether the dog looks like a
beagle or just a small dog with beagle coloring. Many
structural problems, whelping problems and other genetic
concerns must be considered when breeding beagles. Breeding
for size only could be a disaster waiting to happen.
hesitate to purchase a beagle for its unusual size, especially
if the breeder was wanting a higher price for this "rare"
pocket beagle. One source states that a "reputable breeder"
does not breed for pocket beagles. Pocket Beagles are
DEFINITELY NOT a special size recognized by AKC.
breed two 13 inch beagles and get an entire litter of 15 inch
beagles and vice versa. Or you can get a litter with some of
both sizes AT MATURITY. Reputable breeders make educated
guesses at 8-12 weeks of age; but no one can guarantee that a
puppy will stay a 13 or 15. That would be like looking at a 6
year old and guessing if he will be tall enough to play
basketball or be stocky like a linebacker.!!
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Written by Darlene Stewart