Beagles – Pocket Beagles, Right for You?

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Beagles are among the most popular breeds. But many people have read that they can be a challenge and shy away from selecting one. If that describes you, a Pocket Beagle might be just the right dog for you.

In effect, they emulate the body’s natural disease combating method, since the production of antibodies is a natural response to foreign cells.Modern Pocket Beagles are created by breeding smaller adults repeatedly. Still, they are true Beagles, not a mixture of Beagles with another breed. They are small – around 8″-10″ at the shoulder, as opposed to the roughly 13″ of the standard. They generally weigh between 10-15 lbs, as distinguished from the Standard Beagle’s 25-30 lbs.

The small size of the original made them delightful companions and useful service dogs when pressed to hunt rabbits and other small game. Their size put them at a disadvantage for fox hunting. But for the most part, they were just interesting to those early breeders.Today, that size is only one of their values as pets. They’re also known for their wonderful temperaments. Standard Beagles are friendly, happy-go-lucky dogs. But they can be assertive. Pocket Beagles are much more mellow, on average. They may bark at an approaching stranger, but much less often at seemingly nothing at all, as the standard sometimes does.

It’s a small percentage of the total, but it’s nearly impossible to know which dog has been affected.But much of that impression comes from observing a Terrier, Shi-Tzu, Chihuahua, or similar dog. Pocket Beagles are small, but much less excitable than those breeds.

So, if you live in other areas of the country, ask your vet about the risks and benefits of this vaccine.Standard Beagles are not mean-spirited, but their active, forceful temperaments can put smaller children at risk if they’re unsupervised. Pocket Beagles are much less likely to snap or even bark during accidental rough handling. Of course, for the safety of the dog and child, it’s still important to keep an eye on both.Pocket Beagles, like their Standard cousins, come in a variety of coat colors. Many are the traditional tri-colored, tan-black-white. But there are also Black & Tan, Blue Ticked, and others, some of which tend to a reddish hue.

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