Click on the Queen to read more about Queen Elizabeth Pocket Beagles. Our miniature beagles are the first and only internationally recognized Pocket Beagle Breed and the smallest registrable rare breed hound in existence!
All about the Toy Beagle, known as Queen Elizabeth Pocket Beagle, including info, pictures, breeders, rescues, care, temperament, health, puppy pictures
Our supervised network of breeders is devoted to the improvement of the Queen Elizabeth Pocket Beagle: the smallest rare breed hound in existence. We also specialize in toy therapy dogs, Toy Rottweilers, Toy Boxers, Toy Bulldogs, Toy Panda Dogs.
Smallest in the land Sensitive in nature and adoringly devoted to its family, a Queen Elizabeth Pocket Beagle seems to know what you want! Healthy, it house trains easily.
The Queen Elizabeth Pocket Beagle:
'What Makes the Difference?'
Genetically Different Breed
Queen Elizabeth Pocket Beagles are the smallest rare breed hound in existence. No longer considered a cross-breed, they are the only actual 'pocket beagle' breed. By contrast there are a number of people breeding standard beagles that are smaller than average and they are calling them 'pocket beagles'. AKC recognizes those to be 13 inch beagles as they are genetically the same as a standard beagle. The Queen Elizabeth Pocket Beagle Breed foundation is not quite ten years old and breeding rights are strictly limited. Affiliate foundation breeders in several states are supervised by Rebecca VanMeter, owner of the Queen Elizabeth Pocket Beagle Foundation and QEPB Registry. This is an overview of what makes this dog breed different from the popular standard beagle breed.
Rebecca VanMeter, Founder of the breed, holds 12 lb. 'Journey'
Less Inherent Beagle Defects
Some Queen Elizabeth Pocket Beagles are maturing as small as five to ten pounds. They were bred down in size through several generations of miniaturization in an out-crossed beagle - hound line. That genetically smaller heritage also produced rare colors and unusual patterns never before seen in the standard beagles. But if you like the classic tricolor, that is most recognizable as a beagle. It's still the favorite overall of most puppy buyers. Queen Elizabeth Pocket Beagles are a classified as different beagle breed and have been and may be shown as such, once registered with the IABCA. An out-crossed dog has a wider gene pool to draw from, and this is good as Queen Elizabeth Pocket Beagles have exhibited less inherent beagle defects than the standard beagle, making them healthier. We don't have epilepsy in our line. We offer a one year health warranty.
Predictably Smaller Size
Our teacup size is 6 to 15 lbs. Our toy size is 15 to 25 lbs. compared to a standard beagle which is typically 25 to 50 lbs. This means if you get a 'pocket beagle' puppy actually from 13-15 inch lines, you will sometimes get a puppy that throws back to the larger size. That's one of the reasons we don't advertise by height....our perception of teacup size is based on actual mass: overall size, which weight reflects most closely. There are long-legged or short legged standard beagles for instance that vary greatly in size ....up to 20 lbs. variation can occur under one standard height category. The only safe way to know you are getting a small dog is to go by actual weight of the parents measured against our careful weight comparisons of similar pups from related litters.
More House-pet than Hunter
Another difference in our dogs is the temperament we breed for. There is advantage to getting a housepet rather than a hunting dog. The AKC beagle is a classic standard hunting breed. While some do make very sweet pets, they are overall high energy hounds that insist on being exercised outside and will chase other animals or stray away from you very likely. They have always been bred for this. Some are just too restless to keep as a housedog. The pocket beagles you see on the internet are smaller type standard beagles. The Queen Elizabeth Pocket Beagles by contrast were created to be housepets. They would much rather be in the house on the sofa with you! They get most of their exercise just running about your home. They are less vocal, making them better apartment dogs, and are smart to house-train! Very little shedding if kept indoors, they are smaller and cleaner. They don't have as strong prey-drive, so that means they aren't so determined to get outside and run the fields as a 'pocket beagle' from standard hunting beagle lines. They truly focus on you, their guardian, as their main interest in life.
Best Companion Beagle
You know 'what's different' now. But 'what's the same' in our breed is the best! The Queen Elizabeth Pocket Beagle is the same soft-eared, loving eyed companion you were hoping to find in your choice of puppy. Maybe you had a beagle before? Then this breed will not disappoint you. Its characteristic beagle devotion remains unsurpassed as a good family dog. Our dogs look more like a puppy as an adult. Children and adults find that endearing. They are cuddly and cute acting. Good with children and other pets. They love to snuggle and make great bed partners. They practically seem to read your mind at times, they want so much to please!
Every Queen Elizabeth Pocket Beagle breeder sells their puppies through one beagle website and one bear website that are linked together and maintained by the Queen Elizabeth Pocket Breeds Foundation. Prospective puppy buyers have a unique opportunity to do their own comparative shopping in one place as every puppy available anywhere will be listed here.