Queen Elizabeth Pocket Beagle

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Breed Attributes


Breed group: Toy    Type: Pure Breed    Talent:


Size: Small     Weight: 4-20 lbs depending on size     Fur length: Short    Ears: Flappy    Fur type: Straight    Fur Color: 3 Colors, Light Brown / Golden, Merle / Spotted / Brindle / Speckled, White / Cream


Life Expectancy: 12-15 years    Rarity: Uncommon    Availability: Hard to find    Climate: Good for every climate.

Breed Details


The Queen Elizabeth Pocket Beagle is a small dog that can come in teacup and toy sizes.

In Medieval times, there was a breed of dog called a pocket beagle, which stood at 8 to 9 inches. Small enough to fit in a 'pocket' or saddlebag, they rode along on the hunt. The larger hounds would run the prey to the ground, then the hunters would release the small beagles to continue the chase through the underbrush into their burrows. Queen Elizabeth I often entertained guests at her royal table by letting her pocket beagles cavort amid their plates and cups. This genetic line is now extinct. The modern Queen Elizabeth Pocket Beagle is a re-creation of that dog.

The Queen Elizabeth Pocket Beagle was originally started in 2002 by Rebecca VanMeter of Indiana. It was the foundation line for the toy breeds developed by the the Queen Elizabeth Pocket Beagle Foundation breeders. Only child safe breeds were used that were stable in temperament and were not snappish. In 2011 it was decided that the Queen Elizabeth Pocket Beagle be re categorized as a 'toy' rather than 'hound' based on its unique genetic heritage, companion dog temperament, and smaller toy dog size.

The body of Queen Elizabeth Pocket Beagle is lean with straight foreleg, sloping muscular shoulders and a moderate length tail. The slightly domed head is relatively long with a medium length muzzle, low hung ears, medium sized eyes set well apart and a well proportioned nose. The coat is short to medium in length and comes in a variety of colors including tricolor, solid, harlequin, piebald and brindle patterns.

This breed is still in its development phase and is not recognized by AKC or any other major kennel club.


All colors all accepted for this breed but most common colors for Queen Elizabeth Pocket Beagles are tricolor, solid, harlequin, piebald and brindle patterns.


The smooth and sleek coat of Queen Elizabeth Pocket Beagle is short to medium in length.


Queen Elizabeth Pocket Beagles are gentle and sweet-natured dogs with calm temperaments. Having very loving and curious dispositions, they make loyal companions and ideal family pets and love to be around people. That said, they can be left alone when required are not prone to destructive or noisy behavior. These dogs need firm and consistent owners combined with regular walks in order to promote healthy mental well being, and are more trustworthy off the lead than other hounds. These brave little dogs are intelligent and generally easy to train as long as owners are consistent, and so are suited to both novice and experienced dog owners. Queen Elizabeth Pocket Beagles are good with children but are best suited to older, more considerate children due to their small size. They are also good with other dogs but should not be trusted around non-canine pets unless they are properly socialized at a young age. As they are not very vocal, they do not tend to make effective watchdogs.


Short coat is easy to maintain with weekly brushing that will remove the dead hair from the coat.


The Queen Elizabeth Pocket Beagle dogs are very docile, tractable and easy to train. This intelligent and bright breed of dog will thrive on positive training methods.


This breed will need fair amount of exercise to be happy and fit. A fair size yard would fulfill its exercise requirements along with daily walks. While they are active indoors, these dogs will love to be outdoors, playing and running as they like as they have lots of energy and stamina.

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