Bench Beagle - A term used to describe a purebred Beagle dog that has crooked legs.
Since the term is not often used to describe a small dog, this is the definition that most fits in today's world. Due to poor breeding practices, a bench leg Beagle is one whose front legs curve out and then in (as opposed to being straight). Many can describe this as being bow-legged.
When a Beagle has this leg deformation, the legs are often also shorter than they should be. This is considered to be a conformation flaw by the AKC and other canine kennel clubs and organizations. It also affects the dog's ability to run
(more ahead on this issue).
Sadly, we have seen advertisements that show "breeders" selling bench leg Beagles with pride in their ads! Curved legs is a defect and it is just a shame that someone who bred poorly was trying to sell the puppies
and act as if they were wonderfully special and unique, a true treasure to be found!
In many cases, this leg defect will occur when a person is attempting to breed so-called Pocket Beagles
(NOT a recognized breed) ...as they unethically bred dogs who are smaller than nature intended, this can be the result...a dog that is not only too small, but also has leg issues.