Miniature Beagle Puppies Info
Although Beagles come in 15-inch and 13-inch varieties, miniature Beagle puppies are purposely bred to create a smaller pet that still has typical Beagle characteristics. These down-sized dogs retain more of the cute puppy look that the breed is so famous for, but there is a lot more to learn about them.
History of Mini Beagles
Although it may seem like miniature Beagle puppies are just another "designer dog" fad, the breed actually had a smaller variety in years past. These dogs were known as Old English Pocket Beagles, but they often go by Toy, Teacup or Queen Elizabeth Pocket Beagles today.
The Old English were used to help flush small animals out of the underbrush. It's believed the Pocket Beagle of old has passed into extinction, but selective breeding for the pet market has once again made this unofficial variety available.
In most cases, mini Beagle puppies don't look much different than their larger relatives. They simply don't grow quite as large. There is some range in size at the present time. Some pups will grow to about five to seven pounds, while others will weigh in around 12 pounds at maturity.
Don't let this little dog's size fool you. He still has a lot of energy and stamina, so he needs plenty of exercise while still being careful of his lighter bone structure. He also needs a decent amount of attention because he can become destructive when he's bored. Plan to give this pup a lot of training and structure so he becomes the best companion he can be.
That Famous Beagle Bay
These pups may be smaller than average, but they still produce that unbelieveably loud, baying hound dog howl that serves them so well in the field.
Health and Longevity
On average, miniature Beagle pups live about 10 years. Any breed has health issues, but down-sized versions of a breed usually produce these issues with higher frequency. Watch for:
- Heart disease
- Hip and knee problems
- Eye disorders
- Disc disease
- Cleft palate
To learn about another "miniature" breed, visit Miniature Teacup Chihuahuas.