Reputable Breeders Do Not Breed Pocket Beagles

A pocket beagle was a very popular breed of dog back in the 1300’s and 1400’s with royalty and prized by the royal family. They were called pocket beagles because they were measured at no more than 9 inches at the shoulders. Currently the American Kennel Club, the standard that many breeders use for determining the health and other important factors of a dog breed, only recognize beagles that are 13 inches or 15 inches in size. So what happened?

Pocket beagles are considered to be the results of either very bad breeding or a dog that has serious health problems. In the early 1900’s the line recognized by official American and British pocket beagle breeds was declared extinct and today you cannot get a pocket beagle that is officially recognized by the widely accepted breeders’ standards in the world. But yet there are many breeders that maintain they are breeding pocket beagles.

There are breeders who claim to be breeding a completely healthy pocket beagle called the old English pocket beagle. If you search the internet you will find scores of these breeders and many of them belong to breeding organizations that may not be the main ones recognized by the major dog shows but they are still organizations that only propose healthy and ethical dog breeding. So it makes you wonder where the battle of words comes from when it comes to the pocket beagles.

Breeders themselves can be held accountable if they are selling what they call pocket beagles when they know that the beagles they are selling are really unhealthy beagles with conditions such as hip dysplasia or epilepsy. While it is not out of the realm of possibility to think that there are ethical breeders out there who are breeding healthy old English pocket beagles it is your duty as a dog owner, or prospective dog owner, to be sure of what is going on before you get yourself involved.

It is very difficult to look into the eyes of what is being called a modern day pocket beagle and think that there could be any kind of controversy surrounding such a cute little animal. But there are breeders that claim they are more than able to offer healthy modern day pocket beagles and then there are the main breeders’ organizations that claim that the breed went extinct over 100 years ago. It is a very difficult discussion.

There are very specific criteria that a dog must meet when it is being classified as one breed or the other and the main breeding organizations of the world consider a dog outside their criteria to be unhealthy. Are old English pocket beagle breeders selling unhealthy dogs? To this point there has been no major outcry to stop the breeding of modern day pocket beagles so the debate will rage on for some time to come.

Michelle Adams is someone who has researched many breeds of dogs, including the Beagle. Since breeding brings certain instincts and behaviors into play with different types of dogs understanding the history of your Beagle will better equip you to work with your new pet. There is plenty of Beagle information available including the interesting history of your pet. Articles like this and interviews with experts in the field will help you to understand where your Beagle came from and why he acts the way he does.