The modern-day Queen Elizabeth Pocket Beagle is a hound type breed developed in Indiana. In medieval times, there was a line of pocket beagles small enough to fit in saddlebags and were used to chase through the underbrush during a hunt. But this genetic line has become extinct so the pocket beagles in existence today are products of careful and selective breeding. It stands at a height of 6 to 12 inches and weighs between 15 to 25 pounds (a teacup variety weighs from 4 to 15 pounds). It has a fairly long and slightly domed skull. The eyes are medium to large in size, set apart with a soft and gentle expression. All colours are permissible for the eyes. Its muzzle is straight and medium in length and the ears are set moderately low. Its sleek coat is short to medium in length with all types of colours and patterns allowed in the show ring. Some typical colours are tricolor, solid, harlequin, piebald, and brindle.
The Queen Elizabeth Pocket Beagle is bred as a house pet or a family dog. They are gentle, sweet and lively, good with children but should be supervised when with other small non-canine pets. They are sociable and happy dogs that are good with children. They do not like being left alone and are curious little dogs indoors or outdoors. They are a fairly healthy breed but should be given plenty of exercise. They have a life expectancy of about 12 to 15 years.