Life span: 10-14 Years
Height: 8 – 12 inches
Weight: 8 – 15 lbs.
As the name suggests, the Pocket Beagle is a scent hound similar to the standard Beagle, only it is smaller in size. However, unlike the standard Beagle, the Pocket Beagle is not known as a vocal breed. The Pocket Beagle has a soft and gentle face with a smooth coat of short hair that comes in an array of colors, such as black and tan, tri-colored, and red and white. With its stubborn attitude, training the Pocket Beagle can take a bit of added patience.
This breed is loving, playful, and extremely smart. They are usually calm and affectionate dogs that will welcome any stranger into their lives, but if not exercised properly, they might resort to destructive behavior to keep themselves entertained.
Their ears are medium sized, with a medium sized tail was well that has a slight curve. The eyes can be hazel or brown, with a black or brown nose. Their short coat is dense and harsh to the touch. Coat colors include blue, red, black, grey, brown, light brown, cream colored and white. Their coats can be tri colored or bi colored.
This breed is still considered to be a part of the Beagle breed. It is believed their ancestors are the Talbot hound brought to England in 1066 by William the conqueror. They were originally used as hunters during the 13th century due to their powerful noses and carried by their owners in saddlebags until needed. However, the Pocket Beagle was quickly replaced by the standard Beagle. This was because due to their size, they were not quick enough to catch the prey. Later on, the Pocket Beagle became popular among nobility. Due to their inability to hunt, they soon bordered extinction, but farmers still kept them around for hunting hares and rabbits, leading to them being bred for hunting again in the 1800s. This lead to the breed being imported into North America to be crossbred with other hunting breeds to improve their appearance.
This loving breed is friendly with just about everyone, meaning that they are not ideal to guard your home, as they will welcome any stranger that smiles at them. They are affectionate with their families and extremely playful. Although normally well behaved, due to their high energy, if bored they might get into mischief. If not on an enclosed area, be sure to keep them on a leash, as their hunting instincts are still strong and might cause them to run after a scent.
This breed may suffer from many diseases, including:
Cataracts, in which the lens of the eye clouds, causing partial or complete loss of vision.
Cherry Eye, in which the gland from the third eyelid extends and looks like a cherry in the corner of your dog’s eye, which can be surgically removed.
Chinese Beagle Syndrome, causing the dog to be born with a wide skull and small, slanted eyes, but otherwise normal. It can, however, cause heart problems or toe abnormalities.
Cleft Palate, a disease that causes an abnormal opening on the roof of the puppy’s mouth and can be surgically corrected at 4 months old.
Cryptorchidism, in which one or both testicles may not descend, meaning the testicle will not be functional and may eventually cause cancer.
Distichiasis, which causes an additional row of eyelashes to appear along the edge of the eyelid, causing irritation of the eye. It can be corrected through surgery.
Dwarfism, which is when the dog is born smaller than normal and can include other physical abnormalities.
Epilepsy, a neurological disorder that can produce seizures.
Epiphyseal Dysplasia, in which the hind legs will grow in an abnormally slow manner and may cause soreness.
Glaucoma, which causes pressure to build up in the eye and may lead to blindness or cause severe harm in just a few hours. Symptoms can include squinting, red eyes, tearing, eye rubbing, etc. It must be treated as soon as possible.
Hermaphroditism, in which the dog may have both male and female chromosomes and tissues.
Hip dysplasia, a hereditary disease in which there is an abnormal formation in the hip socket, that may eventually cause painful arthritis. It may also be affected by the environment they reside in.
Hypothyroidism, a disease that affects the thyroid gland, its symptoms are ear infections, skin infections, hair loss, lethargy, and depression.
Intervertebral Disc Disease, in which the discs that separate the spine bones degenerate, causing pain and back problems.
Keratoconjunctivitis Sicca, or dry eye, is caused by an autoimmune reaction to the tear glands that causes lack of tears, and can lead to blindness.
Patellar Luxation, a disease where their kneecaps are slightly out of place or even dislocated, although this disease is genetic, it can also happen through injuries.
Progressive Retinal Atrophy (PRA), in which the dogs may become night blind at first and progressively lose their day eyesight as well.
Retinal Dysplasia, a malformation of the retina during its development that is present from birth and is usually mild and has no noticeable effects on the dog’s vision.
They should be brushed once a week, with only occasional bathing. Their nails should be trimmed regularly, as well as their teeth brushed and ears checked for any dirt to prevent infections. They are highly energetic and should be taken for long daily walks. However, they should always be kept on a leash unless they are in a fenced area. Training should be easy, as long as there are treats to be received by them. Positive reinforcement works best with this breed.