Friends don’t let friends buy a dog without urging them to do their homework on the dog’s breed (or lack of). Breed standards aren’t just for show dogs, they’re guides that tell us what we can expect from a dog whose breed was created for a reason, and not everything in a standard is there for arbitrary reasons.
Some unscrupulous breeders will advertise “Pocket Beagles,” but there hasn’t been such a dog since Queen Elizabeth I kept a pack of them in the 16th century. Also called the “Glove Beagle,” one of these dogs could fit into Elizabeth’s saddlebag, or even into the cuff of her gauntlet, and be transported to a hunt on horseback before being loosed to pick up a trail. A portrait of Elizabeth with one of these Beagles was even painted by Frederico Zuccaro in 1575 (though the preliminary sketch seen here is of Elizabeth with a spaniel). These days, undersized Beagles are bred with each other to create an unhealthy size that can lead to health issues. Some clubs recognize two sizes of Beagle, and some recognize only one, but to our knowledge, none recognize “Pocket Beagles.” An uninformed buyer can be duped. Don’t be that person.