As the name suggests, the Pocket Beagle dog is a smaller version of the Beagle breed. They are compact hounds with a fun and loving personality. Their hound instincts make them a bit challenging to train. However, they can be the delight of many families with their merry spirits.
The true origin of the Beagle is unknown. As is the meaning of the word beagle. It probably comes from the French begueule, meaning open throat or from the Old English beag, meaning small. Others believe it comes from the German begele, which means to scold.
The Pocket Beagle dog originated in England. His ability to run between bushes made him a great dog for hunting small game such as rabbits. The name comes from the fact that they could be carried by hunters in their saddlebags.
The AKC recognized the Beagle in 1885.
The Pocket Beagle dog is sturdy, compact, and squarely-built. The coat is short and comes in the traditional Beagle colors that are black and tan, red and white, lemon and white, and orange and white. The muzzle ends in a black nose. When they are hunting, Pocket beagles have a distinct bark or howl.
The height of a Pocket Beagle dog is 7 to 12 inches. Their weight can be around 7 and 15 pounds.
These dogs are smart, funny, sweet, and gentle. But these small ones have the tendency of having a naughty behavior. Other times, they will usually make you laugh at their clownish antics.
Caring for a Pocket Beagle
Remember that this is a hound, which means that you should always keep him on a leash while in the open. We recommend you microchip or ID him, since if he escapes, which he is very good at, he will wander long distances away from home.
These dogs are very energetic and need to steam it off. They enjoy jogging with you, just do this until they are at least 18 months old.
Provide food to this dog in measured amounts instead of just leaving food outside for him to eat. This dog has a tendency of being obese. You should be able to see his waist from above. You should touch his ribs without seeing them. If there are rolls of fat between his skin and ribs, it is time to put him on a diet.
Use positive reinforcement when training this dog. Harsh treatments will make him shut down and become uncooperative.
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