A Warning About Teacup Beagles
There seems to be a pop-culture craze these days for dogs that can fit in your purse, and teacup beagles would seem to be a perfect addition to this fashion phenomenon. Unfortunately, however, teacup beagles – also known as pocket beagles, toy beagles or miniature beagles – can be prone to health problems and other issues because they are bred specifically to create an unnaturally small dog.
Even those who want their dog to double as a fashion accessory don’t want them to be sick and have health issues their entire lives. In fact, this type of dog owner will want a pup that is healthy and vivacious and can tag along with them wherever they go. That is why caution should be taken when purchasing a teacup beagle, or any dog that has purposely been bred to look a certain way that differs dramatically from their natural appearance.
The beagle is not a big dog to begin with. Full-grown beagles usually reach a height of about 15 inches and weigh anywhere from 18 to 25 pounds. In the case of the teacup beagle, their weight could be as low as 10 or 12 pounds with a height of about 10 inches. Basically, they are closer to the size of a beagle puppy size than to a full-grown beagle.
There are two ways to make teacup beagles smaller than an average beagle dog would be:
With inbreeding, the breeder will pair up two beagles that are on the small side in the hopes that they will produce a smaller litter of pups. This is done repeatedly with the smallest beagle dogs the breeder can find. These small dogs are sometimes referred to as the runt of the litter, or they may even be a dwarf beagle. The trouble here is that these smaller dogs frequently have problems with their health that can become even worse when two of the runt dogs are paired up.
Crossbreeding is when the breeder takes two different dog breeds and mates them to create a combination of the two breeds. Some popular examples include the cockapoo (mix of a cocker spaniel and a poodle), the yorkiepoo (mix of a Yorkshire terrier and a poodle) and the labradoodle (mix of a Labrador and a poodle).
Teacup beagles are generally created from a cross between a full-size beagle and a toy terrier. Crossbreeding, in general, does not lead to the health problems that come from inbreeding small dogs and runts, but it is not without difficulties. The biggest potential trouble with crossbreeding is that you cannot be sure what the puppies will look like. Obviously, they will exhibit the general characteristics of both parents. However, the pups bred from a beagle and terrier may look more like the terrier and less like the beagle. They may also exhibit different personality characteristics.
The bottom line is if you want a beagle because of their playful personality and adorable face, don’t worry too much about their size. They will almost never be more than 25 pounds, which is pretty small for a dog as healthy and hearty as a beagle. If what you really want is a tiny pup to carry around in its very own doggy bag, look at smaller breeds and find one that suits your personal taste and needs. If you do decide to pursue the teacup beagle, always proceed with caution and make sure you know exactly what you are getting. Never be afraid to ask question so you can be fully informed.