Meet the Pocket Beagle, one of the cutest and friendliest little fluffballs around. We’ve talked about pocket and teacup dogs before, but the Pocket Beagle is a special case.
That’s because miniature Beagles go all the way back to Medieval times making them one of the first “teacup dogs” to exist – almost 1,000 years before the term was first coined.
So that begs the question, is the Teacup Beagle different from other teacup dogs? What’s the difference between Pocket Beagles vs. Beagles? Today we are exploring all the and more.
Let’s discover the world of the irresistible Pocket Beagle.
Basic Stats On The Pocket Beagle
|Personality / Temperament||Gentle, Sweet, Smart, Funny|
|Colors||Tricolor (white, brown, & black) and Two-Tone|
|Size||Height: 9-12 inches
Weight: 10-15 pounds
|Good With Kids||Yes, if kids are 10 or over|
History Of The Beagle
Miniature Beagles have a long history and were first popular in early England. The Glove Beagle was an extremely popular dog during Edward II (1307 AD – 1327 AD), Henry VII (1485 AD – 1509 AD), and Elizabeth I (1533-1603) reigns.
The Glove Beagle was said to be so small that it could fit into a glove and while it was the inspiration for today’s Pocket Beagle, they are not the same dog. In fact, the Glove Beagle otherwise, known as the Olde English Pocket Beagle stood shorter than the Pocket Beagle of today (9in vs. 11in.).
For whatever reason, the Olde English Pocket Beagle went extinct around the 19th century.
Beagles are known for having a smooth and tricolor coat that is brown, white, and black, though, two-tone variations do exist.
They have floppy medium-large ears that sit flat against their face, speaking of which it is adorable with their large almond-shaped eyes. Their legs and body are both fairly short, and their tail sticks straight up, sometimes with a tilt inwards.
The Pocket Beagle weighs no more than 15 pounds, with many hovering around the 10lb mark and they stand 9 to 12 inches tall.
Bubbly, outgoing, and head-strong are the three best terms to describe the personality of the Pocket Beagle. These dogs are simply a joy to be around with their larger than life cheery personality and friendliness.
They are incredibly loyal to their owners and super intelligent, but like the Siberian Husky, that big brain can quickly make them bored. As such, these dogs do well when you can give them a lot of attention.
If you can’t do that, think about giving them a furry companion they can spend their days with.
When you already have a dog in the house but want another, Beagles are a great choice. Their small size means they won’t take up much room. As well, they love being around other dogs, both big and small.
Pocket Beagles are a bit easier to exercise than a regular-sized Beagle. Both are known for their high-energy, which makes them great hunting dogs.
The Pocket Beagle small size tuckers them out faster, but out of all the teacup dogs, the Pocket Beagle definitely has the biggest exercise demands. Most other miniature dogs are too fragile for hunting, but not the mini beagle.
Beagles are generally very healthy dogs, however, like all other dogs there are some genetic health conditions they are prone to:
- Cherry eye / keratoconjunctivitis sicca (KCS)
- Patellar luxation
- Hemophilia A
- Central progressive retinal atrophy (CPRA)
- Umbilical hernia
The average lifespan of a Beagle is 12 to 15 years, and a Pocket Beagle’s lifespan is similar though they tend to fall on the lower side of the scale due to their small size which often brings along complications.
They may experience more health issues, and even something like jumping off a couch can result in a serious injury.