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Pocket beagles were very, very small beagles popularized back in the days of Queen Elizabeth I. Measuring only 9 inches at the shoulder, these beagles were short-legged and had somewhat pointy noses. In the days of Edward II and Henry VIII, even smaller beagles, referred to as “glove beagles” because they were small enough to to be held in a gauntlet, were much in favor with the Royal Family.
However, today, while there may be a few really small 13″ variety beagles which may approach heights of around 10″, they are not a breed or variety of beagle as such, and are not recognized by either AKC or UKC.
Quite often beagles of this size are often only short by virtue of shortened legs caused by poor breeding or the dwarfing of chondodystrophy with its ensuing health problems.
It must also be noted that many times it is impossible to predict mature size of a puppy, even when both parents are under 13″. Birth weight may be a good indicator of final size, as is size at around 8 weeks, but they are no means reliable.
If you want a beagle that will be small get one at around 9 months when the dog has pretty well finished growing, or from a breeder who has never produced a beagle over 13″. In this way you will have a much better chance of getting a small dog. However, be also aware that usually the smaller the beagle, the more hyperactive it is. But, there are exceptions.
Your first priority is to get the beagle off the street. Many people feel that a dog running free is better than a dog being taken to the pound where they may be euthanized. A stray animal is subject to being hit by a passing motorist and left wounded in a ditch, so the first priority is the beagle’s safety. If the beagle is already injured, get him to a vet. Do not let the animal suffer.
If the beagle is not injured, call the local shelters and report that you have found a beagle. Give identifying marks if possible (brown, tan and black describes 90% of beagles). We suggest you call the shelters and Animal Control facilities in all of the surrounding counties. Beagles can and will travel over great distances and they may not be local. Put up signs in your neighborhood. Some family may be heartbroken over losing their beagle. Take the beagle to a vet or shelter that has the ability to scan for a microchip. If the beagle is microchipped, it’s the quickest way to find the owners.
If no one claims the beagle, you may contact us and we will attempt to help you place the beagle in a good home. Keep in mind, however, that we don’t have a facility where you can drop him/her off. If you must re-house the beagle right now you will need to take the beagle to a shelter.
Please remember that the shelter workers are not “bad” people. There is a limited amount of space in any given shelter and shelter workers must deal, on a daily basis, with the sadness and pain of watching hundreds of dogs and cats being abandoned. They are fighting an overwhelming battle and they need our support, not our scorn.
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