Yes, pocket beagles are healthy. While pocket beagles are healthy dogs who live long, happy lives, they are more prone to certain kinds of health issues because of their miniature size, so owners need to make sure that their pocket beagles live a healthy lifestyle.
Because pocket beagles were bred to be small, their bodies aren’t as sturdy as beagles. Many of their health issues are related to their bones, joints, and muscles. Pocket beagles are especially prone to hip dysplasia, injury, knee dislocation, and eye disorders.
To help your pocket beagle stay healthy, you should try to give it a healthy lifestyle.
- Make sure your pet gets an hour of exercise a day, but keep the exercise relaxed until your pocket beagle is at least 18 months old. This will help to prevent joint problems when it gets older.
- Feed your pocket beagle a nutritious dog food, and follow your vet’s instructions to give the right amount of food. Pocket beagles love to overeat, but obesity can make other health problems more severe.
- Play gently, but keep your pocket beagle active. Pocket beagles are healthier with lots of play and activity. You can even roughhouse with them, but be careful not to put lots of pressure on their joints.
- Take your pocket beagle to the vet for regular checkups. Eye disorders and joint problems are more easily treated if the vet can catch them early.