Miniature and Pocket Beagles
Although Beagles are not considered to be large dogs, some people would still prefer to own a Beagle that is smaller in size. Those “Beagles” are more commonly known as Pocket Beagles but they can also be referred to by other names such as “mini Beagle”, “Miniature Beagle”, “Old English Beagle”, “Teacup Beagles”, etc.
Although there are plenty of dog breeders that will show you the most adorable pictures of their so called Pocket Beagles, most of these dogs grow up to be just as big as a regular Beagle dog. You can verify this by reading the fine print on their ad or website that states there is no guarantee on size.
Breeders that actually do guarantee a smaller sized Beagle are most likely not breeding pure Beagles. Instead they breed them with another smaller dog breed (like dachshund for example) and produce a puppy that resembles a teacup Beagle but is actually a mutt.
So is purchasing a Pocket Beagle a good idea? Nope.
Breeders that breed pure Beagles can’t guarantee the size anyway so why bother. They could be breeding the runts of the litter to obtain a smaller size and sacrifice health in the process.
The breeders that sell mutts labeled as mini Beagles also can’t guarantee the health of their mix because it’s not a well-established breed. So there could be possible serious health problems that you would otherwise avoid with just a standard healthy Beagle dog.
Learning More about Pocket Beagles
To answer some of the questions I’ve been receiving about Pocket Beagles, I decided to do a small Q&A. Hopefully this will clear some things up for you! If you have any additional questions or comments, be sure to leave them in the comment section below.
Why should I purchase a standard Beagle?
The answer is simple – healthier better puppy. The Beagle dog breed is a very old breed and this gave a lot of time for breeders to breed out certain genetic health conditions. Reputable dog breeders don’t mix breeds and certainly don’t breed runts with each other for smaller puppies. Their goal is healthy, sociable and beautiful dogs that follow the breed standard.
Why is breeding runts a bad idea if they are more likely to produce smaller Beagles?
Breeding runts with each other is a sure way to produce unhealthy and sick puppies. It’s also a recipe for genetic health problems which will haunt the dogs for the rest of their lives.
Why are they called “Pocket Beagles”?
The original pocket Beagles date back to the medieval times where hunters would keep these dogs in their pockets because of their size. Although the original breed is gone now, the Pocket Beagles we know today are named after them.
Are there any alternatives to Pocket Beagles?
If you really want a smaller dog, why not go for a smaller breed? Dachshund is a good example of a smaller breed that you might want to consider. You will have a healthier dog and will be able to learn more about the particular breed because it’s been around for years.