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Breed Standard

This new example of the Queen Elizabeth Pocket Beagle Breed Standard is currently under a working revision.  

The old breed standard is published at Dog Breed Info Center.

General appearance

A lovely, cheerful little dog. This little hound should appear gentle  and intelligent. He should be able bodied, healthy, and have ease of movement. He is happy, loving, and open with everyone.


Head is in proportion to the body. Skull- fairly long, slightly domed, not too narrow or too broad. Ears set near 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 definite enough to preclude snippiness. The teeth meet in a scissor bite. Eyes large and round, with a gentle, soft, and intelligent expression. Any eye color is allowed. The skin covers well and is not excessively loose. Defects--A very flat skull; excess of dome; eyes small, sharp and terrier like; muzzle excessively long and snippy, cut away decidedly below the eyes, or short. Roman-nosed, or upturned, giving a dish-face expression.


Neck rising free and light from the shoulders. 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 clean and free from folds of skin. Shoulders sloping--clean, muscular, not heavy or loaded--conveying the idea of freedom of action with activity. Defects--A thick, short, cloddy neck carried on a line with the top of the shoulders. Throat showing dewlap and folds of skin to a degree termed "throatiness". An excessively long neck.

Back moderate to medium in length. Length from back of front leg to stop of tail 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. Defects- excessively long dog.Chest disproportionately wide.

Forelegs--Preferred straight, with plenty of bone in proportion to size. Feet--Close, round and firm. Pad full and hard. Defects--Out at elbows. Knees knuckled over forward, or bent backward. Forelegs crooked or Dachshundlike.


Strong and cleanly muscled.

Tail is moderate as compared with size of the hound. Tail does not have kinks or twists. The Queen Elizabeth Pocket Beagle should be shown with tail in natural position. 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.

Color- any color allowed.

Standard size: Height: 9 to 13 inches at the withers.

Weight: 12- 20 pounds.

Miniature size: Height : between 5 and 11 inches

Miniature Weight: 4 to 11 pounds. 

Body Types:

Type 1 dog- a thin, elegant dog, athletic in appearance, intelligent, with long legs, longer features, and grace.

Type 2 dog- A baby faced, stockier dog. He appears young and puppy like, with playfulness and a  gentle expression. 

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