This history of the Pocket Beagle is the most complete that has been found to date. It is from the book "The Beagle" written and published by Fitz-Daglish and published in 1961. The author was a well known writer and authoritative on dogs in that era.
Following are excerpts from the book "The Beagle."
The Beagle Club was founded in 1890 and soon after issued a Standard of Points. This included a special paragraph relating to the Pocket Beagles, which read: "Pocket Beagles" must not exceed ten inches in height. Although ordinary beagles in miniature, no point however good in itself should be encouraged if it tends to give a course appearance to such minute specimens of the breed. They shoud be compact and symmetrical throughout, of true beagle type and show great quality and breeding."
As previously mentioned, the Beagle Club's standard was drawn up by a number of hare-hunting enthusiast who value the beagle solely for it's prowess in the field. It is surely, in the highest degree unlikely that men of their standing in the hunting world would have deemed it necessary to make special references to the ten inch and under hound unless the variety was at this time well known, generally recognized and widely kept.
As a boy in the pre-1914 days I saw several packs of pocket beagles at shows and elsewhere and was strongly attracted by them. During the war years all these packs were disbanded and breeding was almost totally suspended with the result that when hunting and showing were resumed about 1920 the pocket beagle was seldom seen either in the field or the bench.
"Beagles to be very choice can scarcely be bred too small. The standard of perfection is considered to be from ten to eleven inches and the later should be the maximum height ... Nothing can be more melodious and beautiful to hear the pygmy pack open at a hare and, if slow comparatively speaking in running her, should the scent be good she stands but little chance of escape from them in the end."
In an article bearing the title "Foot Hunting" which appeared in the Stock-Keeper about 1900, the author in discussing the relative merits of packs of different sized beagles wrote: "First, Pocket Beagles. The smaller a perfect specimen can be obtained the more valuable it is... Under certain circumstances a pack of Pocket Beagles is invaluable... Some of these little packs are as keen as mustard and afford untold pleasure and interest." In the same periodical a Mr. Lord who owned and hunted a pack of ten - inch Beagles wrote: "Rabbit is the legitimate quarry of the Pocket Beagle. The hound is so small and active that he can fly through the rabbit meshes."
These few quotations should suffice to show how unreasonable is the assertion that the Pocket Beagle was never a stabilized variety, that all ten inch hounds were freaks produced by accident and were too toyish to be used for serious field work. Many packs of such tiny hounds were kept in many parts of the country up to the outbreak of the 1914 war and were shown both at hound shows and, less frequently, at larger dog shows, like Crufts and the Crystal Palace. The maximum height of ten inches was rigidly adhered to several vary typical specimens of eight inches were exhibited and it is safe to say that practically all the hound seen were members of working packs.
What makes the Pocket Beagles special.
Lots of intelligence in a small package, combined with loving , sweet disposition in a diminutive. They are not the diggers and noise makers that their large cousins are. They're soft melodious voices are seldom
The Olde English Pocket Beagle Registry
The Registry was formed five years ago to protect and restore this endangered breed.
The goals are to prevent the prostitution of the breed we all know of breeds of dogs that have been genetically destroyed by sudden popularity and greed of the breeders and now have severe genetic faults that seriously impair their health and dispositons.
The Registry is still an open registry and does accept foundation stock that meets the requirements of the breed. New breeders are accepted into the registry only after a very meticulous inspection. The is the insurance that when you purchase a Pocket Beagle registered with the Olde English Pocket Beagle Registry you will receive a puppy that meets the standards of the Registry. Any breeder who does not meet the ethics standards of the registry is immediately disbarred and has their registrations revoked.
Bella & Chester parents of Riegel
Cell: 908.482.0972 Fax: 908.835.0489
Pups born March 12th 2019.
Both are RESERVED.
Puppies Born 7/16/2018
Current Adult Breeders
Rafter V's Sire Milo and Dam Riegel produced 5 puppies, 4 of whom are breeder dogs
Aretha Born January 4th 2019
Parents: Dam 'Buttercup' & Sire 'Eddie'
Rafter V's Sire "Milo".
Eddie & Rosie are having
Puppies Coming Mid March
That admiration of the smaller type is not a modern craze as shown by the following extract from an article published in the Sportsman's Library close on a century ago:
Even thirteen inch and under hours were difficult to find. Through the 1920s circumstances prevented me from taking active steps to realize a long cherished ambition to own a small pack of miniature hounds, and when in the 1930's I set about trying to revive the ten inch beagle it was too late.
This history of the Pocket Beagle is the most complete that has been found to date. It is from the book "The Beagle" written and published by Fitz-Daglish and published in 1961. The author was a well-known writer and authorative on dogs in that era.
Dam Riegel 8" tall
Currently waiting for "Buttercup."
To come into heat Soon!
Produced from Rafter V Milo & Riegel on January 11th 2016, litter mates Milo, Lucy and Rosie are current breeders.
born 7/16/ 2018
Rafter V's Sire "Milo" is from
Rafter V Ranch located in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan
Rosies Petite's MILO
born January 11th 2016