Breeding group : Hounding
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GENERALBreed group: Hounding Type: Pure Breed
Talent: Hunting, Watchdog
PHYSICALSize: Small Weight: 7-15 lbs Fur length: Ears: Flappy Fur type: Straight
Fur Color: 3 Colors, Black & White, Brown & White
ATTRIBUTESLife Expectancy: 12-15 years Rarity: Uncommon Availability: Hard to find
Climate: Not good for cold climate
The Pocket Beagle is a miniature version of standard Beagles that was produced through breeding standard Beagle down in stature throughout many generation while maintaining the typical hound conformation and characteristics. It is also known as Mini Beagle, Olde English Pocket Beagle, Miniature Beagle, Toy Beagle and Tea Cup Beagle. These small yet compact dogs are used for hunting small game. Originating in England in Elizabethan era during mid 1500s, the dogs received instant popularity due to its smaller size, which was easy to carry from one location to another, and for having all the loveable qualities of standard Beagles. The Pocket Beagles are small, hardy, merry and fun loving dogs that stand between 7-12 inches and weigh around 7-15 lbs. Unlike most other miniature breeds, the Pocket Beagles are rough, tumble and ready for action, without common health problems that some other miniature breeds experience due to reduction in size. They are bred to hunt small game specially rabbits. Regardless of its size, it is difficult to resist the appeal of a Beagle's dark brown or hazel eyes, with their soft, pleading expression. They are squarely built dogs, resembling with English Foxhound, with a square and slightly rounded head and medium length, square muzzle. Black nose has open nostrils. Long ears are pendant shaped, soft and low set. Compact body comes with broad chest which narrows down to a tapered abdomen and waist. Tail is carried gaily but never curled over back. The short, sleek and easy-care coat can come in tricolour, black and tan, red and white, orange and white and lemon and white. This breed is NOT recognized by AKC or any other major kennel club.
The Pocket Beagles come in typical hound coloring. These dogs can be tricolor or bi-color. White,black,brown is the most common tricolor pattern for this dog although it also appears in Classic Tri (with jet black saddle), Dark Tri (faint brown marking on dominant black markings) and Faded Tri (faint black markings on prominent brown markings). Apart from these patterns, some dogs have a broken color pattern with white base and patches of black and brown, referred to as pied. Bi-colored Pocket Beagles have a white base color with areas of second color. That second color can be lemon, light tan, red, orange, dark or light brown, liver and black. Most common bi-color pattern is white and tan.
The Pocket Beagles come with a medium length, smooth and hard coat that is easy to maintain.
The Pocket Beagle is a happy, merry and even tempered dog with gentle and pleasing disposition. This amenable dog is social, friendly, loving and very playful. Their playful and gentle approach to children makes them a favorite family companion. Intelligent and obedient, these dogs have a keen sense of scent and with their single minded and determined nature, they may be difficult to recall once they pickup an interesting scent. Neither aggressive not timid, these friendly dogs quickly warm up to strangers but they do announce their arrival, thus serving an able watchdog purpose. These pack hunters will get along well with other dogs but should be socialized with other non-canine pets from young age. They can be prone to separation anxiety if they do not get much needed attention. This breed may be hard to train as they are easily distracted by interesting scents around them. They will require patient and firm training with a true packleader. This eager to please and very loving breed loves to be loved. The Pocket Beagle will make a valuable addition in the family with its funny and naughty behavior.
The Pocket Beagle does not need extensive grooming of its short, smooth coat. Weekly brushing of the coat will keep it in top condition. Ears need to be checked regularly for any signs of infection. Bath only when necessary.
They are intelligent and smart dog with an attitude to please its owner. But the Pocket Beagles also have single minded nature and a very sensitive nose which makes this typical hound not an easy breed to train. It can get distracted easily, get bored with repetitive training routines or simply has a stubborn streak which needs to be handled through patience and consistency in training.
As a working dog, the Pocket Beagles do have exercise needs. This breed should be taken on daily walks and provided with time to play in an open area.