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History The Pocket Beagle is a breed with a history dating back to the 1300s. Dogs of this breed were considered miniature hunting dogs which were tinier versions of the Beagle. Hunters commonly carried their Pocket Beagles inside their pockets and would let them loose when they need these dogs to flush prey from tight hiding places. Due to various changes in game hunting, though, the Pocket Beagle's popularity declined, and more capable hunting hounds and unique lap dogs became more preferred by many individuals. By middle and late years of the 1900s, Pocket Beagles had completely disappeared from Wales, Ireland, and England, while only less than 50 specimens were present in the United States. The breed was then in danger of extinction.
Fortunately, breeding programs were started to reestablish the breed. Today, the Pocket Beagle is no long at risk for becoming extinct, although their breeding is sometimes subject to much debate and controversy. Prospective owners should always check with the breeders and get information about their breeding practices before acquiring a Pocket Beagle.
Appearance Pocket Beagles are small, hardy hounds with a square build. They have a sleek, short coat that may come in a wide variety of different colours. Pocket Beagles resemble small English Foxhounds, and have a broad skull that is slightly rounded. The muzzle of these dogs is square and straight. The nose of these dogs is black, with full nostrils that enable these dogs to trail their prey using their excellent scenting ability. The pendant ears of these dogs are wide and long, and their eyes may be either hazel or brown, with a pleading expression. These dogs carry their tail gaily, but it isn't curled over their back.
Colours The acceptable coat colours and colour combinations for Pocket Beagles include lemon, lemon and white, red, red and white, black and tan, blue ticked, red ticked, and tri-colour (brown, white, and black).
Temperament Pocket Beagles are affectionate, fun-loving, and loyal to their family members. Being versatile dogs, Pocket Beagles have served both as dependable hunters and as loving family companions. But it's also important to keep in mind that these dogs were bred for hunting, and due to this, their hunting instinct remains strong. They may chase cats and other small game, or follow a scent that intrigues them.
Weight These dogs have a height of approximately 7 to 12 inches, and a weight of around 7 to 15 pounds.
Problems Some lines of this breed may be susceptible to epilepsy, heart disease, back problems, and eye problems. These dogs may also be prone to chondroplasia, a condition that can give them warped front legs.
Living Conditions It's alright for these dogs to be kept inside apartments, but they do need to be given many chances to enjoy some time outdoors. A small yard will be sufficient space for these dogs, but owners must make sure that the area is secure because these dogs have a tendency to wander off.
Requirements Like many other breeds, Pocket Beagles need much exercise. These dogs need to be taken out for long walks daily. It would also be good for them to be allowed to run freely in a secure area.
Training Requirements Although they can make great companions, Pocket Beagles can also be stubborn and determined. They have a tendency to be independent and follow their own will. Owners of these dogs should train the dog at an early age using firm and consistent methods. It's also important for owners to know how to display strong leadership skills when training these dogs. Proper socialization should also be done from puppyhood onwards.
Life Expectancy These dogs usually live for approximately 12 to 15 years.
Grooming The short-haired, smooth coat of these dogs is easy to care for. Owners just need to brush the coat of these dogs using a firm bristle brush. These dogs should be bathed with mild soap only when they are already excessively dirty. The nails of these dogs should be trimmed and their ears should be checked for infections.
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