Are there different varieties of beagles and where can I get what I'm looking for. I'm in Illinois on the Mississippi river. I grew up with beagles and every one of them had similar features to the others ie. face shape and body size. My brother a few years ago bought a beagle and he is barrel chested with a small head and squinty eyes(like an eastern asian person). It's a cute dog but it doesn't look like the ones on dog shows. Those dogs are absolutely beautiful. In fact my childhood dogs were comparable to them. I've been looking at some beagles of local breeders and their dogs are smaller in size. Also their coats are dull in luster and wirey to the touch. I want a well proportioned beagle. Can you (anyone) help? I've heard there are different varieties but have found no information.
I believe that there are two different sizes, the 13" and the 15". Other than that I think they are all the same. I'm not sure where to find them in your area, but you can always find information on the AKC website. Sometimes it will list breeders or breed clubs in different areas.
There are two sizes but I can't think of anything different with them other than size. You can go to the AKC website http://www.akc.org or to http://www.dogfancy.com Go to 'find a dog' link then 'find a breeder' put in the breed and state(s). It will take you to different Beagle breeders. Good luck!
In the US, beagles are shown in two varieties: 13" and 15". They are typically shown in either conformation or field events, with a few competing in both. There is a difference in appearance between the show beagle and the field beagle.
I too have grown up with Beagles and yes they do often vary in size and apperance. It has a lot to do with what area you live in and what the Beagle was breed for. Beagles breed for the field vary the greatest in looks as most breeders care little about what the dog actually looks like and more about their hunting ability, while as show dogs are breed specifically for there looks of course and are much closer to the breed standard. The larger Beagles often tend to get overweight when living in a household environment where they get little excerise this often causes them to look round w/ little heads. There are also minature Beagles, my girl I had was about 10"tall although I have seen a few even smaller,she was very refined in looks, they are the perfect size for a indoor pet (in my opinion!) I currently have a 15" Beagle he is bit heavier boned than she was. So anyway, a good breeder would consider the breed standard and conformation, wheter the dog is meant for hunting or otherwise, I would just keep looking for a respectable breeder, who has healthy well proportioned dogs. Good luck! Beagles are excellent dogs!
There were several good points made in Bostonbabies post but I would like to comment on "miniature" or "pocket" beagles. As a beagle breeder, I am occasionally asked if I breed "Pocket Beagles"....to which I answer "No, there is no such breed or variety". The following explanation comes from the National Beagle Club web site:
"Pocket beagles were very, very small beagles popularized back in the days of Queen Elizabeth I. measuring 9 inches at the shoulder, and paintings of the time show these beagles to be short-legged and somewhat pointy nosed. 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."
There are web sites that offer Pocket Beagles but these are puppies produced to satisfy a market niche.....they are not well-bred beagles.