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Pocket Beagles


Mini Beagles

(aka Olde English, teacup, toy, etc.)

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Cedar Ridge Beagles
c/o Toni Perdew
(the best method to reach me is via e-mail)
Bedford, Iowa
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Do we sometimes have really small beagles, the size most people would call "miniature beagles," available for sale?


Do we selectively breed for and specialize in extremely-small beagles?


How Do We Get Mini-Sized Beagles?

We do have some small mothers and a small father beagle. However, our small beagle puppies have parents or grandparents of mixed sizes in most cases. In other words, we don't breed generation after generation of small parents together.

Instead, our small beagles might have one normal and one small parent, or two small parents but two or more of the four grandparents might have been average-beagle size.

The advantages of this include genetic diversity, continuity of quality, and less likelihood of genetic problems since we don't select parents and grandparents exclusively for small size.

The disadvantages are that not all of the puppies in a litter (from a small parent) will be small in size.

Some will take after their small ancestors, while others might take after their normally-sized ancestors. Some will be sized in between. Therefore, we have to monitor their growth to estimate what sizes they might end up (and this is difficult!).

What About "Quality" and Small Beagles?

Please note that everyone has an opinion, and this page reflects my own observations and the resulting opinions I have developed.

From what we've noticed, the smaller the beagle, the farther from the breed standard the conformation drifts.

In other words, smaller (mini) beagles typically are not as high of quality in their "looks" as an average or larger beagle would be.

Probably the biggest difference in quality an average person will note is in the face or head. Pocket-sized and mini-sized beagles have a much greater tendency to have long noses, high-set ears, and a tail that curls more than the show beagle standard.

Is that a problem? Not really. If you are not planning to show, then lacking some of the show-quality looks is ok because the smaller size might fit better with your family and home environment. As long as you have a healthy puppy from a conscientious breeder, this is ok!

How Big is a Mini / Miniature Beagle?

There is no definition with AKC, UKC, APRI, or the other main registries that separates mini beagles from regular beagles in size. This label has simply been applied by breeders to their puppies. I have seen people classify any beagle 13" or smaller at the shoulder as a mini. However, this is a bit misleading because 13" at the shoulder is probably about average for a beagle. And more importantly, a family wanting to buy a "mini" beagle probably feels that a "mini" beagle should be markedly smaller than average in size.

Since there is no official definition for the size range of a mini beagle, the term could be used to describe about any beagle someone wished to apply the label to. So it's a "buyer beware" situation, because anyone can call their beagles "mini beagles" since there is no standard. Be cautious. Ask questions, such as how big the parents are, how big previous puppies from the cross have matured to, etc. if you are interested in a very-small beagle.

If we label a puppy as possibly being small-sized, we are indicating that the puppy would probably be a good percentage smaller than an average beagle at maturity (average is probably about 13" tall, 25 pounds). Such a puppy would probably have one or both parents under 20 pounds, and would be smaller than an average-sized beagle puppy of the same age. Or, our puppy could have a small parent and may have been smaller at birth, taking after its smaller parent.

We have had puppies mature to 13 pounds several times, and many to around 15 lbs. But, it is difficult to predict. So, we rarely (if ever) label puppies as "mini" or "pocket" sized, because we can't guarantee and don't want to have a disappointed buyer!

Some of our smaller-sized beagles (please pardon my dirty farm/chore coat).

Our largest beagle (2016). For reference, I am about 5'7" tall.

Queen Elizabeth Pocket Beagles

In our research, we noted that some of these "tiny beagles" people are offering for sale come in colors that beagles simply do not come in. After researching, we discovered that pocket beagles are apparently not often purebred beagles. Instead, they appear to have come about through breeders who crossed beagles with smaller breeds of dogs to get smaller puppies. By doing so, they have also introduced health issues into their "breed" that exist in those other breeds (crossbreeding doesn't necessarily delete genetic flaws, so instead can bring a larger pool of flaws into offspring, coming from the variety of breeds that are crossed to create the new designer-type "breed").

And of course, the conformation or looks of the Queen Elizabeth pocket beagles is not the same as a full-sized beagle. Their bone structure can be very fragile/light.  Pocket Beagles can come in the colors that are NOT found in purebred beagles, such as Harlequin (like a Merle) and Brindle. Therefore, it stands to reason that crossbreeding has occurred to get the non-purebred-colors on QE Pocket Beagles.

Some people don't mind that their dog isn't purebred, and that's ok. It isn't what we do or want, but others may not mind. We have just chosen to breed dogs that are registered with well-known breed registries.

Our Mini / Pocket-sized Beagle Experience

Once, years ago, we made the mistake of buying a beagle that came from a Queen Elizabeth Pocket / Miniature Beagle breeder. This breeder raises ONLY "mini" beagles, and breeds small to small for generation after generation.

That male reproduced 3 genetic flaws at an unusually high rate.

Out of the 34 total puppies he fathered in the months we bred him:

  • 15% had overbites

  • 44% had crooked, curled, kinked, or totally missing tails

  • 9% had hernias

The above puppies' were from 7 different mothers, 6 of which were not related to each other (two were sisters, but unrelated to the others and ALL were not related to the father dog).

Out of around 100 puppies from our OTHER males that we'd had in the past years at the time, we had only one overbite (1%) and one hernia (1%) and NO incorrect tails. These percentages are extremely different than those from that above case with our beagle from a miniature / pocket beagle breeder.

Why would this happen? We don't know. Perhaps it was from selectively breeding for size, and not for quality, in his heritage?

In any case, that tiny male is now neutered and a happy pet beagle.

We hope that the above story was an unusual case, but that one case was enough for us. We want to raise healthy puppies, so the puppy you buy from us will be healthy with your family for many years.

Therefore, we do not specialize in Pocket or Mini or Miniature Beagles. We do not selectively breed for small size. We occasionally have a small puppy or litter of small puppies, but it is not due to generations of small beagles being paired simply for size.



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Cedar Ridge Beagles
c/o Toni Perdew
(the best method to reach me is via e-mail)
Bedford, Iowa
Click here for additional contact information.

Our premises are monitored via video surveillance for your puppy's safety!