"For a while, in Victorian England, the ultimate in small hounds was a breed known as the pocket beagle, only ten inches in height. Queen Victoria and her consort, Prince Albert, owned a pack of these, which they carried to the country in a large picnic basket. By the 1880s, the trend in North America had shifted back to 'larger' beagles. In 1888, the first National Beagle Club was established."
—Merrily Weisbord and Kim Kachanoff, Dogs with Jobs: Working Dogs Around the World (NY and London: Pocket Books, 2000), 59