I'm new here. Don't actually have a pet yet. My husband and I are trying to decide on the right dog. I've heard there is no such thing as a pocket puggle or a pocket beagle. What are people referring to when they use the term "pocket"? Would love to have more info on the subject. Anybody out there with one of these adorable animals. Anybody with one full grown? How big and heavy do they actually get? Health problems?
There is no such thing, specifically, as a pocket beagle. It is a cutesy term given to smaller than average pups to make them seem more special and charge more for them.
Same as those selling 'teacups', micro's' etc...also a scam.
Beagles are categorized in two varieties 13 inch and 15 inch. 13 inch is any dog measuring UNDER 13 inches, so be it 10, 11, etc it is a 13 inch beagle. And 15 inch beagles, which are any over 13 and under 15 inches.
Ruffian and LPN are 100% correct. "Pocket/teacup/tiny toy/micro" are all signs of a bad breeder and should be avoided at all costs. Ruffian is also correct in that many of those dogs that are marketed as "pocket/teacup/tiny toy/micro", end up being just as big (often even bigger) than their well bred counter parts. Those that end up being smaller are often unhealthy. (Luxating patellas, heart and liver conditions, neurological problems) I've seen countless "teacup" Yorkies and Maltese that were 10lbs or more. The standard says under 7lbs period, no minimum whatsoever. Beagles are hunting dogs at heart. If you're looking for a lapdog, you probably won't be happy with a Beagle. Beagles do however come in two different sizes: 15" and 13". If you want a mixed breed dog, check out a shelter. In fact check out a shelter no matter what, they often have great purebreds too. If you decide to go with a breeder anyway, at least you can say you tried. I suggest you go to AKC.org and check out the different breeds and read their official standards. It's a great way to keep from getting duped by "pocket" and "puggle" breeders.
Beagles make a great lap dog, if you dont mind about 18-24 pounds on you, lol. They are high hunt drive, follow their nose above all else and need a secure fenced yard. They are escape artists and instantly go deaf once loose. Need alot of excercise and are stubborn, but the sweetest things you could ever ask for and great with kids.