Miniature Beagles: Adorable Imposters
Although miniature beagles have been known to man for thousands of years, the breed today has evolved into an entirely different sort. Despite raging popularity, miniature beagle enthusiasts might be saddened to know that their new found family edition isn’t necessarily what it may seem.
ROOTS AND REMNANTS OF THE MINI-BEAGLE
Dating back to the times of Queen Elizabeth, miniature beagles have been a prominent breed used for small game gathering and for fashionable appearances. However, as the tiny variety’s usefulness became less recognized in the hunting field, these canines continued on parade as “pocket pups” for sometime. Over time, need for diminutive beagle breeds declined so much so that the original bloodline ceased to exist.
As there are no remaining “true” miniature beagles in the world, one might question the validity of owning such an animal in today’s times. While multiple online sales sites provide ample supplies of “tea-cup” or “pocket beagles”, there is legitimate concern as to whether or not this breed is genuine, or for that matter, ethical.
WEIRD SCIENCE OR SAFE BREEDING
Yes, there is extreme demand in dog markets pushing for increasingly smaller versions of nearly every type of canine available. However, when selective breeding is implemented to such a degree as to reduce size dramatically, certain health and wellness questions arise. First, in order to produce a beagle of pocket book size, many times only litter runts are used. As each union of runts creates a respectively smaller breed, more and more health problems arise. In fact, with such small breed dogs, there is a much higher chance for serious illness related to the heart, digestive system, and vision.
A second method of selective breeding to achieve new breeds or altered breeds is that of cross breeding. While this type of process isn’t harmful for the animals, it does pose questions of introducing experimental adaptations of various dogs and does not necessarily always produce the desired results.
Sadly, many dog lovers fail to recognize the dangerous nature and unethical practices involved in creating such adorable companions. As pocket dogs have become more fashionable than ever, millions are purchasing these teeny hounds without shame or much thought.
FOR DOG LOVERS
With all this being said, owning a miniature beagle may still be something that you are interested in. As many dog enthusiasts can attest, it is better that these little ones be in the hands of a caring owner rather than that of puppy mills. So, to aid those truly invested in the lives of animals, here are a few things to know if a mini-beagle is what you desire.
There are multiple online sites that offer sales of miniature beagles. However, it would be wise to investigate each store for its humane treatment of the animals they sell, how the store has acquired its puppies, and what lineage does the puppy you are interested in have. After examining all aspects of both the company and the dog, be sure to shop around for fair value, as these dogs are certainly not recognized by any accredited national dog breed association.
Once you have found the perfect store and the perfect puppy, caring for your new beagle is much like caring for any new puppy. You can expect your companion to live for up to 15 years with good living conditions. Beagle puppies require only limited space as they grow only to about 12 inches, but need plenty of activity. Their short, straight hair makes grooming easy and with a lot of love and patience these dogs can make for a very adorable friend.