The Pocket Beagle – Your Complete Guide

About the Pocket Beagle

The Pocket Beagle is a very small breed of dog initially created as a companion dog for hunters. They are also known as toy beagles. A lot of people think they are just like regular beagles but smaller. However, the truth is a pocket beagle will have their unique personality and characteristics, which make them completely different from other breeds.

So what do you need to know about these miniature beagles? Read on!

Do Pocket Beagles really exist?

There is no such recognized breed as the Miniature Beagle, Pocket Beagle, or any other name that implies a distinct dog breed smaller than the standard Beagle.

There is only one official Beagle dog breed, and the American Kennel Club does not recognize a variety called the pocket beagle. However, some breeders are breeding smaller versions of the standard Beagle and naming them pocket beagles.

The Pocket Beagle does not exceed 13 inches in height at the shoulder. A pocket beagles weight is between 7 to 15 pounds. The average cost of a pocket beagle puppy is between $500 and $1500.

What is a Pocket Beagle?

The pocket beagle is a miniature version of the standard Beagle. Two to three inches smaller than a standard beagle, these dogs are also recognized by the National Beagle Club of America as a smaller beagles.

Although there is no breed standard for the pocket beagle, they usually are no taller than 13 inches in height, either.

Some other names the pocket beagle are known by include;

  • Miniature beagles
  • Teacup beagle
  • Toy beagle
  • Olde English pocket beagle
  • Tiny beagles
  • Glove beagles
  • Chow-hounds

The history of the Pocket Beagle

The Beagle as we know it today was bred around the 11th century when William the Conquer brought the Talbot (a now extinct breed) to England. The Talbot Hound was then bred with Greyhounds, known as Southern Hounds, to produce the modern-day Beagle.

The pocket beagle is a small dog breed originally bred in England in the 15th century. Queen Elizabeth was known to have had many pocket beagle puppies. 

Queen Elizabeth is said to have entertained guests by allowing her Pocket Beagles to romp over the serving platters at her royal table without damaging the dinner table since they were so tiny.

As scent hounds, this popular dog breed was used as a hunting dog to hunt rabbits and other small animals since it could travel under shrubs, brush, and bushes.

The name old English pocket beagle comes from the fact that hunters carried the dogs in their saddlebags.

Pocket Beagle size, appearance, coat, and grooming

The pocket beagle weighs between 7lb and 15lb, a compact size that makes for a perfect family dog.

The pocket beagle has been described as a muscular and lean dog of broad, athletic features.

A hardy, sturdy, squarely-built, small hound, the pocket beagle has a sleek, easy-care, short, yet thick double coat that can come in any hound color, for example, tricolor, black, and tan, red and white, orange and white, or lemon and white.

It is essential to remove dead hair from the thick double coat with a rubber grooming glove every week and trim nails and clean ears regularly.

You may also occasionally see albino pocket beagles, but they are extremely rare! 

The coat of a mini beagle is close, hard, and of medium length. The skull is broad and slightly rounded, and the muzzle is straight and square.

The feet of these little dogs are round and robust. The miniature beagle nose has a nose that is perfect for scenting. Like a purebred beagle, a full-grown pocket beagle has long, wide floppy ears.

The brown or hazel eyes have a characteristic pleading expression.

The tail is carried gaily but rarely curled over the back. Pocket Beagles have a distinct howl/bay of a bark when they are on the hunt.

Even though Bonnie is a relatively small Beagle, she is, in fact, a standard Beagle.

Pocket Beagle personality and temperament

Pocket beagles are one of the most popular dog breeds in the US and make great family pets.

The toy beagle is extremely affectionate. Like a typical beagle, these miniature beagles are social dogs that are always looking for their best friend and to be part of a pack.

Like the standard Beagle, the pocket beagle, or teacup beagle makes an excellent family dog. Their playfulness and friendlessness mean they get on with all humans and make excellent playmates for children. Because they love people, they will want to spend their day by your side.

Mini beagles are very intelligent dogs and are a mischievous dog breed that can get them into trouble if they become bored. So you’ll need to push them mentally to keep them from getting bored – Fun or unique toys are a good idea.

Pocket beagles, like the standard Beagle, are very loyal dogs. However, despite their loyalty, this mini Beagle can also be independent and aloof compared to other dog breeds.

Beagles are difficult dogs to train, often reluctant to listen to basic commands, and pocket beagles share this frustrating characteristic.

Like many dog breeds, the beagle dog breed responds well to positive reinforcement, such as treats and kind words, when training.

How much exercise does a Pocket Beagle need?

Pocket beagles and their purebred counterpart are part of the hound group and, as such, have a great love of running and playing, and while not the fastest dog breeds, they have the stamina to run all day.

As with all hounds, the miniature Beagle is an active dog, and the smaller Beagle should have plenty of outdoor activity, including long walks and hikes.

One good way to provide your little hound with the exercise it needs is to take it running with you, something it will love to do, and keep your pocket beagle from becoming bored.

A minimum of one hour per day of exercise is recommended for a healthy dog – more if possible.

Many enjoy swimming, so taking your dog to the park or beach would make for a fun day out together.

Are Pocket Beagles a healthy dog breed?

They are generally a very healthy dog breed and do not suffer from many inherited health problems.

Of course, as with all dogs, health issues can arise, but luckily this is minimal in this breed.

The biggest health concern for this dog is Intervertebral Disc Disease. Intervertebral Disc Disease is the degeneration of the spinal cord, resulting in pain when the dog moves and paralysis.

The good news is that this disease can be treated if caught early, so it’s essential to have your pocket beagle checked by a veterinarian at least once a year.

Other health concerns for the pocket beagle include hip dysplasia and allergies, but both are relatively rare in this breed. Most of these conditions result from poor breeding practices, so it is crucial to check the puppy’s parents for any existing health issues.

Just as with other dogs, it is important

What kind of food should you feed your Pocket Beagle?

Pocket beagles, like most dogs, do best on high-quality dog food.

If your pocket beagle is an active dog with lots of energy, it will need more calories, and this means you may have to upgrade the brand or type of food that you feed them. Also, it’s important not to leave uneaten dry kibble as other family pets may try and eat it, leading to an upset stomach.

The best option is high-quality dog food such as dry kibble or raw meat. Check the kibble and raw meat brand to ensure that it is proven to be good for your pocket beagle.  

It’s also important not to feed an adult beagle more than twice daily to keep a healthy weight and not eat excessive amounts of table scraps or treats, as this can lead to obesity and other health problems.

Natural raw diet and a bowl of dry kibble
A mixed bowl of raw dog food and a bowl of quality dry kibble or biscuit

Where can I get pocket Beagle puppies for sale?

If you are looking for pocket beagle puppies, you want to make sure you choose a reliable breeder who takes complete care of all of your dog’s health and well-being.

Make sure you inquire about the parents of the puppy when contacting breeders, and be sure to ask about the following;

  • Health history
  • Genes
  • Certification
  • Vaccination history
  • Breeding history for those dogs

Here are some of the best pocket beagle breeders that we’ve discovered.

Pocket Beagles USA

Pocket Beagles USA is a well-respected, state inspected kennel that raises all dogs on a 40-acre pecan farm in Texas. The owners personally know each puppy sold through the site and have both parents on hand at all times to ensure quality control for you!


Perfect Pocket Beagles

Perfect Pocket Beagles are proud breeders of Olde English Pocket Beagles, located in small-town Oklahoma. 

For over 15 years, they have bred authentic Pocket Beagle puppies hand-raised in a loving environment. Their commitment to responsible breeding and genuine concern for the safety and welfare of their puppies is why so many people (even outside of the United States!) have chosen them for their new puppy.

All puppies are registered with the original United States registry.

All the bloodlines are 100% Beagle and have never been mixed with another breed.

Where can you get Pocket Beagle rescue dogs?

We could not find specific pocket beagle rehoming centers in the US. However, it is always worth calling your local beagle rescue center to check if they have any beagles that need a new forever home.

  • Tampa Bay Beagle Rescue
  • Arizona Beagle Rescue
  • NorCal Beagle Rescue
  • Beagle Freedom Project
  • Beagle Rescue League, Inc.
  • SOS Beagles
  • Seattle Beagle Rescue
  • Basset & Beagle Rescue of the Heartland
  • Dallas/Fort Worth Beagle Buddies
  • Midwest Beagle Rescue, Education & Welfare


Are Pocket Beagles rare?

A small dog breed known as a pocket beagle existed in medieval times. Those dogs were eight to nine inches tall. They were tiny enough to fit inside a hunter’s saddlebag, hence the name. However, this type of Beagle is now extinct; its genetic lines are lost forever.

How big does Pocket Beagles get?

The Beagle breed’s official size is now 20 pounds (9.07 kg) to 25 pounds (11.34 kg), with its height ranging from 13 inches (33 cm). However, depending on the regulatory standards, its size can vary from 13 inches (33 cm) to 16 inches (40.6 cm).

How much does a Pocket Beagle cost?

The cost of a pocket beagle puppy can vary between $500 and $2500, with a female pocket beagle fetching the highest prices due to breeding potential.

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