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Queen Elizabeth Pocket Beagle

The Queen Elizabeth Pocket Beagle is a family dog first. It has less of a hunting instinct than most other hounds as a lot of the Beagle in it has been bred out. It should have a love for humans and a preference for its master over its canine pack. Less vocal than its predecessor the Beagle, the Queen Elizabeth Pocket Beagle has a diminished prey drive and a lower activity level, making it more suited to the sedentary life of a house pet.

The Queen Elizabeth Pocket Beagle is a gentle, sweet, lively and curious dog that just loves everyone; a happy little tail-wagger! It is sociable, brave, intelligent, calm and loving. Excellent with children and generally good with other dogs. It is a gentle, typically calm dog, but it has a lively and curious nature, making it entertaining with children and generally good with other dogs and pets ideally when socialized with them from early on.

These dogs are cuddly and love to be near their owners. However, they should be walked on a leash and confined to a fenced yard because they love to explore. This breed needs a firm, but calm, confident, consistent pack leader along with daily pack walks in order to be mentally stable.

The Queen Elizabeth Pocket Beagle’s head is in proportion to the body. The skull is fairly long, slightly domed, not too narrow or too broad. The ears are set near and moderately low, long, rounded, not narrow. The ears should not be excessively heavy.

The muzzle is of fair length and straight with the top moderately defined, not Roman-nosed or thin. It is proportional to the face. The muzzle can be moderately square cut or rounded, but should not be pointy or dish-shaped; it should come to a blunt end. The chin is definite enough to preclude snippiness. The teeth meet in a scissor bite. Eyes are large and round, with a gentle, soft and intelligent expression. Any eye color is allowed. The skin covers well and is not excessively loose.

The neck should be well proportioned to the body, not too thick and not too thin. The neck can be of medium length to moderately long, but is never short or excessively long. The throat should be clean and free from folds of skin. The sloping shoulders are clean, muscular, not heavy or loaded, and convey the idea of freedom of action with activity. The back is moderate to medium in length. The length from back of the front leg to stop of the tail is preferred at a ratio of no more than 1:5 compared to height.

The overall substance of the dog should be proportionate, without being overly light or cloddy. The hindquarters are strong and cleanly muscled. The tail is moderate as compared with the size of the dog, and free of kinks or twists. Tail set may vary so long as it is not carried tightly onto the back. The coat is short to medium and sleek with good hair coverage. The Queen Elizabeth Pocket Beagle may have a softer coat or a slightly harsher, hound-type coat. All colors are allowed.


In Medieval times, there was a breed of dog called a Pocket Beagle, which stood at 8 to 9 inches. Small enough to fit in a “pocket” or saddlebag, it rode along on the hunt. The larger hounds would run the prey to the ground then the hunters would release the small Beagles to continue the chase through the underbrush into their burrows. Queen Elizabeth I often entertained guests at her royal table by letting her Pocket Beagles cavort amid their plates and cups. This genetic line is now extinct. The modern Queen Elizabeth Pocket Beagle is a re-creation of that dog.

The Queen Elizabeth Pocket Beagle was originally started in 2002 by Rebecca VanMeter of Indiana. It was the foundation line for the toy breeds developed by the Queen Elizabeth Pocket Beagle Foundation breeders. Only child-safe breeds were used that were stable in temperament and were not snappish. In 2011 it was decided that the Queen Elizabeth Pocket Beagle be re-categorized as a ‘toy’ rather than ‘hound,’ based on its unique genetic heritage, companion dog temperament, and smaller toy dog size.

The Queen Elizabeth Pocket Beagle breed name is trademarked. All dogs registered as such must have a Queen Elizabeth Pocket Breeds Foundation birth certificate. During the developing years of the breed, all dogs shall be required this proper birth certificate for acceptance in any registry. Having two registered parents does not automatically qualify a dog for registration if it lacks this birth certificate. Any exception is a violation of the Foundation’s trademark.

Keeping in mind that this breed is only in its second decade from outcross, to reduce size, add colors, coat patterns, and improve health, some traits of the outcross will be visible in current generations. Though they may be awarded a lower placing, these dogs should not be disqualified from breeding or exhibition as they are vital in diversification of the gene pool. Queen Elizabeth Pocket Beagles are presented on a table in the show ring.

Breed Information

Other names

Queens Beagle


English Cocker Spaniel 1  United Kingdom

Breed Group






Life span

12-15 years










9-13 inches (23-33 cm)


12-20 pounds (5.4-9 kg)



Black & Tan

Blue Roan




Litter Size

4-6 puppies

Puppy Price

Average $800 – $1200 USD


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