Are Pocket Beagles Good Guard Dogs?

Pocket Beagles are highly food motivated, and while this bodes well for training, it can also lead to problems when it comes to resource guarding.

Pocket Beagles as Watch Dogs?

Are Pocket Beagles Aggressive?

Pocket Beagles are naturally social canines. When left alone for long hours, beyond 6 hours or so, they get bored and seldomly become aggressive. So, it is best to make preparations before bringing Pocket Beagles into your home.

Pocket Beagles Background

The exact origin of the word “beagle” is uncertain however, we have a very detailed and rich historical background both for the Beagle and for the Pocket Beagle. It is presumed that it may have been derived from the Old English word “beag”, meaning small, or from the French word “beguile”, meaning open throat. Others state that it may have come from the German word “begele” which translates to scold.

Family and Bonding

If you have always wanted a Beagle but didn’t have the space or couldn’t quite keep up with their energy needs, then a Pocket Beagle might be the dog for you. Measuring 25% smaller than a standard Beagle, the Pocket Beagle carries all the same characteristics, including their intelligence, loyalty and wonderful playfulness. The perfect family dog, this friendly pup will love to spend their days with you and playing games outside and running around. Easy to train and without high grooming needs, the Beagle is one of America’s most popular dogs.


Beagles are known to be intelligent, friendly, loyal and curious, and it is the same for the Pocket Beagle.

Pocket Beagle Nature

Despite its small size, the Pocket Beagle is a bit of a responsibility to care for, at least in terms of its exercise and social needs. While this dog will be satisfied with just being your companion, rather than a hunting dog, you should be aware that the Pocket Beagle has retained strong hunting instincts that may overwhelm even the best training. Fortunately, as long as it receives enough exercise and play, it can adapt reasonably well to different living arrangements. If you have any other questions or concerns about dog ownership, then you should talk with your vet.


Pocket Beagles are eager to please and highly trainable. Though they can have a stubborn streak, these little dogs enjoy learning new tricks and cues, especially when sessions are backed up with tasty treats.


Pocket Beagles as a Pack Animal

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.

Physical Traits

While many people will refer to a small Beagle as a Mini-Beagle, most often, this little dog is referred to as a “Pocket Beagle. ” It’s a cute little name for a cute little dog, and of course, gives reference to its size, insinuating that you could carry it in your pocket. Pocket, or Mini-Beagles typically range in size from 7-12 inches tall at the shoulder and only weighs 7-15 lbs. , with males typically being the larger between male and female. They are small and compact and will typically exhibit the same characteristics that their larger counterparts do.

Excercising your Pocket Beagle

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