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What are Pocket Beagles?

Pocket Beagles, also referred to as Glove Beagles, are a smaller version of the standard Beagle but only grow to be about 7 to 12 inches in height and weight between 7 and 15 pounds. It is known that Queen Elizabeth I loved the dog breed so much that she kept a large amount of them as pets. They were a popular breed due to their ability to hunt and remain a family pet. After a while, their hunting skills were not wanted any longer since they couldn’t run very fast during the process. Today, the demand for Pocket Beagles is once again on the rise by dog owners and families.


Pocket Beagles have similar personality traits of the standard Beagle. They are happy, inquisitive, comical, smart, sweet and an excellent playmate for children. They have a stubborn streak that may test the patience of their owners. They are friendly with everyone ranging from family members to strangers. Early socialization will allow them to develop into a well behaved dog.

Food and Diet

Pocket Beagles enjoy food and will want to eat as much as they can. You will have to be a responsible pet parent and limit his or her food daily food intake in accordance with the Pocket Beagles size, activity level and age. Usually two meals a day is required along with exercise. Pocket Beagles are energetic and playful. Providing exercise, toys and fun games for a Pocket Beagle to participate in will help maintain a healthy energy level and prevent boredom.


Pocket Beagles can develop the following health issues at anytime during their lifetime.

  • Hypothyroidism
  • Cherry Eye
  • Cataracts
  • Glaucoma
  • Blindness
  • Cleft Lip
  • Hip Dysplasia
  • Cryptorchidism
  • Epiphyseal Dysplasia
  • Patellar Luxation
  • Intervertebral Disc Disease


Just because the Pocket Beagle is smaller than the standard Beagle, it doesn’t mean they lack hutting skills. While their small legs make them run slower they are still naturally inquisitive and eager to use their skills. For this reason, you will want to keep your Pocket Beagle on a leash in areas that are not fenced-in to prevent them from getting lost. Due to their keen sense of smell, they enjoy playing tracking games that involves tasty treats.  

Color and Coat

Pocket Beagles coats can be a variety of shades and a multitude of color combinations, including gray, blue, liver, tan, black, brown, red, lemon and cream. Tricolor Pocket Beagles are the most popular scene today. Most Pocket Beagles have a white tip at the end of their tail, no matter what color their coat appears to be. This white tip also makes it easy to spot the dog in high grassy areas during hunting sessions. Their coat only needs to be brushed about once a week with a medium-bristle dog brush. This will remove dead hair and allow new hair growth. Their short hair sheds most frequently during spring when they are shedding their winter coat. Brushing two to three times a week may be necessary during this time frame.

If you are interested in welcoming a Pocket Beagle into your family and home, you will want to contact a reputable breeder. You will want to look for a breeder that is knowledgeable and who puts you through an adoption process. This shows that he or she cares where the pup’s end up spending their life. You would want to prepare to welcome your Pocket Beagle home in the same manner as the standard Beagle.

Should you have a concern regarding the health of your Beagle(s), you should contact your veterinarian. All information on this site is presented solely for educational and informational purposes and should not, at any time, be considered a substitute for seeking or receiving veterinary care for your Beagle(s).