The Truth Behind Pocket Beagles
There is no such recognized breed as the Miniature Beagle, Pocket Beagle or any other name that implies that there is a separate and distinct dog breed, smaller than the standard Beagle.
There is only one official Beagle dog breed.
Long ago in Medieval times, there was a small dog breed, referred to as a Pocket Beagle. Those dogs stood 8 to 9 inches. They were small enough to fit in a 'pocket' or saddlebag of hunters, thus giving them this name.
Queen Elizabeth I reportedly entertained guests at her royal table by letting her Pocket Beagles romp and bounce around the serving platters, as this could be done without ruining the dinner-table since they were so little and her guests were said to really enjoy the show.
This type of beagle is now extinct, it's genetic lines lost forever, its heritage left to the imagination.
In these modern times, the only official Beagle breed ranges from 20 lbs. ( 9.07 kg) to 25 lbs. (11.34 kg). Its height ranges from 13 inches (33 cm) to 16 inches (40.6 cm) depending on the official dog registration standards.
For example, the AKC recognizes 1 Beagle breed in 2 varieties: 13 inches in height (33 cm) & between 13 and 15 inches in height (33-38 cm). Other registries recognize 1 variety of the breed which is 13-16 inches in height ( 33-40.6 cm).