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Blue Beagle: Complete Guide To This Rare Color! - PawSafe
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Blue Beagle: Complete Guide To This Rare Color!

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Written by Tamsin De La Harpe

Blue Beagle

When we think about the playful and curious Beagle, a flashy blue coat might not be the first thing that pops your mind. Known for their loving nature and great sense of smell, a beagle typically displays the classic tan and white with the black saddle that makes them.

Blue Beagles exist, and their coat shade is a rarity in the Beagle world. This unusual hue is not a bright sky blue but a cool, steel-like shade that sets these dogs apart from their traditional counterparts. However, imagine the surprise at the dog park when you turn up with a Beagle that sports a unique blue shade.

Finding a Beagle with a blue coat is like stumbling upon a canine treasure; it’s not impossible, but it’s certainly a find that might have your fellow dog lovers raising their eyebrows in intrigue. Expert sources on canine coat color will help us understand how this rare hue exists and will also burrow insight from Susan Gray on everything you need to know about blue Beagle puppies.

Types of Blue Color Variations In Beagles

tan and black blue ticked or mottled beagle

You can indeed get a beagle with a blue or silver coat, although they’re not as common as their classic black, tan and white tricolor counterparts.

Some Beagles can carry a gene that dilutes the black pigment in their coat, giving them that sought-after silver or blue sheen. While maintaining the Beagle’s classic appearance, a blue Beagle’s silky coat feels just as soft to the touch and requires the same level of care as the more commonly colored Beagles. But there is a range of different kinds of Beagles with blue or slate-gray coloring, and clubs can differ about what they allow. Let me explain.

1. FCI (Fédération Cynologique Internationale):

◦ The FCI breed standard recognizes a range of Beagle colors including tricolor, blue, white and tan, and various pied patterns. This means a Beagle can be:

  • Blue tricolor (blue and white with tan points); 
  • Blue bicolor (usually blue and white); 
  • Solid blue; or 
  • Have blue flecks on the white part of the coat (called “mottle” or “blue ticked”).

Mottle patterns are acceptable for all these colors except all white. The standard doesn’t explicitly detail “blue mottle” but includes it under permissible variations.

2. The Beagle Club (UK):

◦ According to The Beagle Club, the Kennel Club Breed Standard permits any recognized hound color other than liver, highlighting a wide range of acceptable colors and combinations. Their description includes tricolors, two colors like Lemon & White and Tan & White, and single color (all white). “Pieds” and “mottles” are also recognized, with “blue mottles” also called “blue tick Beagles.” This variation is characterized by blue ticks or flecks on a base color, giving a speckled appearance.

3. AKC (American Kennel Club):

◦ The AKC’s breed standard for the Beagle states “any true hound color” is acceptable, indicating a broad acceptance of color variations. The AKC standard does not go into the specifics of color variations like the FCI or The Beagle Club. But blue ticked or mottled color patterns are common in hounds, such as the Blue Ticked Coonhound. So, while it is rare, there are quite a number of different variations of blue coloring on a Beagle.

In summary, the “Blue Beagle” might refer to different variations:

  • Blue Beagle: A rare color variation with a blueish coat, which is a dilute black.
  • Blue-tick Beagle (potentially synonymous with “blue mottles”): Recognized by The Beagle Club, this variation features a coat with blue ticks or flecks over a base color, giving a speckled look.

The term “mottled” refers to small spots or flecks on the white parts of the coat, applicable to various color combinations. Each breed club has its own standards, so it’s important to reference the specific guidelines of the FCI, The Beagle Club, or the AKC when discussing breed colors and patterns.

In fact, it is even possible (although rare and possible a mixed breed) to get a Blue Merle Beagle like in the picture below:

Understanding Beagle Breed Basics

Beagles are a scent hound breed originally bred for hunting small game, such as rabbits and hares. Their strong olfactory abilities make them excellent at tracking scents, and once they catch a scent, they can become very focused and determined to follow it.

However, while Beagles can be highly focused on scent-related activities, they are also known for their friendly and sociable nature. They are generally good with families, including children, and can make affectionate and loyal pets.

Beagles have a playful and curious disposition, so their focus might shift to exploring their surroundings or engaging in activities that capture their interest.

History of Beagles 

The history beagles is a fascinating journey that began in 1800 in Great Britain. In medieval England, small hounds similar to the modern beagle were popular among hunters. 

These dogs were highly valued for their exceptional sense of smell and stamina, making them well-suited for tracking rabbits and hares. Beagles were often part of hunting packs, working alongside larger hounds.

During the reign of Elizabeth I in the 16th century, “pocket beagles” gained popularity. These smaller-sized beagles were favored by the English royalty, including Queen Elizabeth herself. They were kept as pets and were small enough to fit in the pockets of their owners’ coats, hence the name.

In the 19th century, beagles underwent further development and standardization. The breed was refined in both England and the United States, with a focus on maintaining their hunting instincts and characteristics. Beagles were recognized by the American Kennel Club (AKC) in 1885, solidifying their place as a distinct and recognized breed.

Blue Beagle Coat Genetics: How Do You Get A Blue Coat? 

A blue coat in Beagles not a common hue within the breed. The traditional shade for Beagles is tri-color or bi-color with combinations of black, tan, white, and occasionally red. However, the blue coat in dogs generally comes from a dilution of the black pigment.

To achieve a blue coat in Beagles, there needs to be a genetic dilution (called the d-locus) of the black color. This occurs due to a recessive gene that affects the production of eumelanin, the pigment responsible for black coloration. The specific gene involved in diluting black to blue is often called the “dilution gene.” It’s important to remember that there is completely blue merle gene, which is a type of coat pattern where the base color of the coat is a light gray with darker patches. The merle gene can be associated with issues like deafness, especially in “double merle” or dogs that carry two copies of the gene from both parents.

Meanwhile in hounds like Beagles, there is also a T-locus gene. This is the gene that gives the blue flecks or “ticks” on a lot of different hound breeds. This ticking is also called “roan,” “mottle,” or “spotted.” This is the genes that can give you a blue-ticked or a blue mottle Beagle.

So, every Beagle gets two copies of the color gene — one from mom and one from dad. For your Beagle to show off that striking blue coat, they must have two copies of the dilute variant, one from each of their parents. Here’s a quick rundown:

DD (non-dilute): This means full-strength hue, no fading here!

Dd (carrier): This pup carries the dilute gene, but their coat will keep its original shade.

Dd (dilute): Lighten up! This Beagle’s going to have that diluted blue coat.

However, it’s essential to note that focusing solely on coat hue in breeding can lead to unintended consequences, as the genes affecting coat color can also be linked to other traits or health issues.

What Does A Blue Coat Beagle Look Like?

Beagles are a small to medium-sized breed. They stand about 13 to 15 inches (33 to 38 centimeters) tall at the shoulder. They typically weigh between 18 and 30 pounds (8 and 14 kilograms), depending on factors like age, genetics, diet, and environmental factors, as stated by the NCBI.

Their broad skull supports a square-cut muzzle, complemented by large brown or hazel eyes that exude an affectionate and pleading expression. Beagles boast long, floppy ears that aid in trapping scents, while their short, dense coat requires minimal grooming and comes in:

  • Black, 
  • White, 
  • Tan, 
  • Lemon, 
  • Lemon and white, 
  • Brown (or very rarely, chocolate),
  • Traditional tricolor or bi-color patterns, occasionally with lemon or red variations.

But wait until you see a solid blue one — they’re like a rare gem.

As for shedding, blue coat Beagles are moderate shedders. They have a short, dense coat that, while in one sturdy bsheds year-round, with heavier shedding occurring in spring and fall.

So, grab a lint roller for those stray hairs, and get ready for some fun times with your Blue Beagle, the denim jacket of the dog world, cool without even trying.

Blue color Beagles are not hypoallergenic. They shed, and their fur can trigger allergies in some people who are sensitive to pet dander. As Dr. Richard Lookey, MD, says, no dog breed is completely hypoallergenic. Some breeds produce fewer allergens or shed less, which might suit people with allergies.

Temperament and Personality

Let’s talk about Beagles’ temperament and how you can train one should you decide to bring this bundle of joy into your home.

Beagles are known for their friendly, curious, and playful temperament, making them excellent family dogs. Their sociable nature allows them to get along well with children, other pets, and strangers.

However, to achieve this, early socialization and exposure to different environments are critical to help them grow into well-adjusted adult Beagles, as Tiffani J Howell and Tammie King write.

With a keen sense of smell and alertness, they can serve as good watchdogs. Beagles are intelligent but may be stubborn, requiring patient and consistent training. Energetic and affectionate, they thrive on regular exercise and enjoy spending time with their human companions.

While their food motivation can aid in training, managing their diet is important to prevent obesity.

  • Use Positive Reinforcement: Treats and praise works wonders.
  • Keep Training Sessions Short: They’ve got a bit of a short attention span.
  • Manage the Barking: Oh, and they love expressing themselves with a good bark-fest.

Pro Tip: Beagles adore their sniffing adventures. If you’re up for it, make a game out of hiding treats and watch your doggo turn into Sherlock Holmes. It’s hilarious and gets their brain going.

Beagle Training Techniques

Consistent and positive reinforcement-based training is crucial for Beagles, considering their intelligence and occasional stubbornness. Begin early socialization to expose them to various environments, people, and other animals.

Since Beagles are scent hounds, incorporating scent-related games into training can be mentally stimulating and enjoyable. Be patient and use rewards such as treats and praise to reinforce desired behaviors, as they are often food-motivated.

Establish a routine for daily exercise to help burn off excess energy and prevent boredom, which can lead to unwanted behaviors.

While their food motivation can aid in training, managing their diet is important to prevent obesity. But don’t let that deter you. Once trained, Beagles are loyal, affectionate, and just plain fun. Plus, that wagging tail will make your day, every day. Happy training!

Remember to keep training sessions short, engaging, and fun to maintain their interest and cooperation.

Health Concerns

Blue Beagles are generally a robust and healthy breed, but like all dogs, they may be prone to certain health issues. Some common health concerns associated with Beagles include:

  • Common Sniffles: Your Beagle might catch a cold or an infection. If you hear a sneeze or see a runny nose, don’t panic, but maybe give your vet a ring-a-ding.
  • Allergies: Beagles may develop allergies, manifesting as skin irritations, itching, and ear infections. Identifying and addressing the specific allergens can help manage these issues.
  • Obesity: Beagles tend to overeat and may become overweight, which can lead to various health problems. Monitoring their diet, providing appropriate portions, and ensuring regular exercise are essential to maintaining a healthy weight.
  • Ear Infections: Beagles have long, floppy ears prone to ear infections. Regular cleaning and inspection of their ears can help prevent infections. Keeping the ears dry and free of excess wax is essential.
  • Cherry Eye: Beagles may be prone to “cherry eye,” a condition where the gland in the third eyelid protrudes and becomes visible. Surgical correction is often necessary to address this issue.
  • Serious Stuff: Some health issues are no joke. It could be time to see the vet if you notice anything odd, like your Beagle not wanting to play fetch (which is almost unheard of!).

Joint Problems: Beagles enjoy a good sprint, but sometimes, their joints might not be on the same page. Watch how your Beagle moves and grooves. If they limp or wince, their joints could tell them to take it easy.

How Long Do Blue Beagles Live?

Generally, a Beagle’s life expectancy is around 12 to 15 years. But here’s the scoop: that goes for Blue Beagles, too, since they’re just Beagle with a flashy coat shade! Now, before you start counting dog years, let’s break it down:

  • 1-3 years: Your Blue Beagle is a wild child, full of energy!
  • 4-8 years: Still playful, but your pup’s got some class now.
  • 9-12 years: A distinguished doggo who loves a good nap.
  • 13+ years: They’re the grandpaw of the dog park.

Keep in mind your Blue Beagle’s life span can be longer or shorter, depending on various factors like diet, exercise, and health care – just like us humans!

So, how can you ensure your four-legged friend lives a long, happy life? Regular check-ups with the vet, a balanced diet, and daily belly rubs (okay, maybe the belly rubs are more for happiness than longevity) should do the trick!

Remember: Every Beagle is unique, even those with that cool blue coat. So, enjoy every moment with your furry buddy, from the puppy zoomies to the golden years.

Care and Grooming of Beagles

Taking care of your Beagle’s coat and ensuring they are happy companions requires and knowledge about their grooming and social needs. Let’s jump right in.

  1. Brushing: Regular brushing helps remove loose fur, prevents matting, and promotes a healthy coat. Brushing frequency depends on the dog’s coat type — long-haired breeds may require daily brushing, while short-haired breeds may need it less frequently. 

Beagle coat colors vary, so while your buddy might not be a blue Beagle, they can still turn heads at the dog park with their glossy, well-kept coat.

  1. Bathing: Dogs generally need bathing every few months or as needed. Use a dog-specific shampoo, and rinse thoroughly to avoid skin irritation. 
  2. Ear Care: Since Beagles have floppy ears, check their ears regularly for signs of infection or wax buildup. Use a dog-specific ear cleaner and a soft cloth or cotton ball to clean the ears gently. Avoid inserting anything deep into the ear canal.

You can also check our article on how to take care of your Beagles’ ears appropriately.

  1. Teeth Care: Dental hygiene is crucial for your dog’s overall health. Brush your dog’s teeth regularly using a dog-specific toothbrush and toothpaste. Dental chews or toys can also help promote good oral health.
  2. Nail Trimming: Keep your Beagle Nails at an appropriate length to prevent discomfort and potential health issues. Use dog nail clippers or a grinder, and be cautious not to cut into the quick.

Exercise Needs

Beagles, being an energetic and curious breed, require consistent and varied exercise to keep them physically fit and mentally stimulated. Daily walks, ranging from 30 minutes to an hour, are essential to burn off their abundant energy and provide opportunities for exploration.

Off-leash play in a secure area, interactive play sessions with toys, and engaging in scent games that tap into their strong sense of smell are beneficial for their well-being. Incorporating agility training or jogging into their routine adds diversity and helps maintain their agility.

Beagles also thrive on socialization, enjoying playdates with other dogs for both physical activity and social engagement. 

Choosing a Beagle Puppy

When you’re ready to bring a bundle of joy into your life in the form of a Beagle puppy, it’s important to make informed choices. From where you get your pup to the color of its coat, every decision plays a part in your future fur family.

Selecting the Right Breeder

Start your puppy hunt by sniffing out a reputable breeder. You want someone who prioritizes health and temperament over just making a quick buck.

Look for breeders who are registered with organizations like the American Kennel Club or the National Beagle Club, as this typically means they adhere to specific standards for the breed.

Checklist for Choosing a Breeder:

  • Registered with a recognized kennel club.
  • Open about their breeding practices.
  • Welcomes your visit to see the puppies’ environment.
  • Provides health clearances for the puppies.

Adopting a dog is a rewarding and humane decision that positively impacts the lives of both humans and animals, contributing to a more compassionate and responsible society.

How Much Does A Blue Beagle Puppy Cost?

If you’re looking for a blue Beagle, prepare your coin purse. Because it’s a rare color, you might have to shell out more than for the standard knights of the Beagle round table.

  • Price Overview:
    • Standard Beagle Puppy: $400 – $1,000.
    • Rare Color Beagle (like blue): Prices can start from around $1,000 and go upward based on the breeders’ reputation and demand.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Here, we’ve rounded up some of the most burning questions about the Blue Tick Beagle, so let’s get started!

How can you tell a Blue Tick Beagle apart from regular Beagles?

The most noticeable difference in a Blue Tick Beagle is its coat color. Blue Ticks have a predominantly white coat with black or blue specks, giving the appearance of a “ticked” or mottled pattern. The black specks are often small and can be seen throughout the white coat.

What’s so unique about the coat of a Blue Tick Beagle?

The uniqueness of a Blue Tick Beagle’s coat lies in its distinctive ticking pattern — a mottled appearance created by small, scattered specks of black or blue against a predominantly white background. 

Is it tough to find a Blue Tick Beagle puppy up for adoption?

Finding a Blue Tick Beagle puppy might take a bit more patience than finding a regular Beagle. They’re a tad rare, but that just makes the moment you two meet all the sweeter!

Can Beagles show off other cool colors like lilac or red?

Absolutely! Beagles flaunt their style in various shades, including the elusive lilac, a diluted version of the chocolate shade gene. If you’re interested in specific coat colors, it’s advisable to consult with reputable breeders or breed organizations to ensure you are getting accurate information about color variations in Beagles.

What makes Blue Tick and Redtick Beagles different from each other?

The main difference is in their coat patterns. Redtick Beagles have red spots on a white base, giving a peppery look, while the Blue Tick ones have a cool blueish ticking. It’s all about color preference!

Do Beagles come in different types, and how do you spot them?

Yes, Beagles come in different types primarily based on their size. The two main types of Beagles are the 13-inch Beagle and the 15-inch Beagle. These designations refer to the dog’s height at the withers (the highest point of the shoulder blades).

Beagles may also be classified based on their coat hue and pattern. Common hue variations include tri-color (black, white, and tan), bi-color (two of these colors), and red and white. 

Final Thoughts

In conclusion, Blue Tick Beagles are a unique and eye-catching variety within the Beagle breed. They are known for their distinctive coat coloration with small blue or black specks on a predominantly white background.

While the ticking pattern sets them apart aesthetically, it’s important to recognize that a Beagle’s temperament, behavior, and health are not determined by their coat hue. Blue Tick Beagles share the same friendly, playful, and sociable nature characteristic of the Beagle breed.

If you’re considering adopting or acquiring a Blue Tick Beagle, be sure to seek reputable breeders who prioritize the overall well-being and health of the dogs.

Remember that responsible ownership, regular grooming, and meeting their exercise and socialization needs contribute to a happy and fulfilled life for any Beagle, regardless of coat shade.

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Tamsin De La Harpe

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Tamsin de la Harpe has nearly two decades of experience with dogs in rescue, training, and behavior modification with fearful and aggressive dogs. She has worked closely with veterinarians and various kennels, building up extensive medical knowledge and an understanding of canine health and physiology. She also spent two years in the animal sciences as a canine nutrition researcher, focusing on longevity and holistic healthcare for our four-legged companions. Tamsin currently keeps a busy homestead with an assortment of rescue dogs and three Bullmastiffs.

Tamsin de la Harpe has nearly two decades of experience with dogs in rescue, training, and behavior modification with fearful and aggressive dogs. She has worked closely with veterinarians and various kennels, building up extensive medical knowledge and an understanding of canine health and physiology. She also spent two years in the animal sciences as a canine nutrition researcher, focusing on longevity and holistic healthcare for our four-legged companions. Tamsin currently keeps a busy homestead with an assortment of rescue dogs and three Bullmastiffs.