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8 Beautiful Colors of Beagles – The Guide to Popular Beagle Colors & Markings

Though the most popular is the classic tri-color, there many other colors and variations of the Beagle.
Written by Richard Jeng

The Beagle is a dog breed known for its extraordinary sense of smell and a curious personality. If you’re planning to keep a Beagle, you’ve made a great decision. But did you know that there are 25 different Beagle colors? You have options!

Picking out a Beagle is more than finding the right breeder, though a reputable breeder is very important. These 8 colors of Beagles give you plenty of options for finding a coat variation that matches you and your personality best. 

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Beagle Coat Colors

These are the most common and popular colors of these little friendly dogs. Though there may be other colors of the Beagle, they are extremely rare and excluded from this list. Based on our forum surveys, we narrowed it to the 8 most popular.

While it may seem trendy to own a rare-colored Beagle, it’s not always a good idea. It could end up costing you money, as they generally have more health issues. Breeders aiming to breed for rare colors often forgo health and temperament traits.

For more information on the official colors of these dogs, check out the official standard colors provided by the American Kennel Club.

The 10 standard colors of the Beagles include:

Beagle Colors Standard?AKC Registration Code
Black & TanYes018
Black Red & WhiteYes027
Black Tan & BluetickYes029
Black Tan & WhiteYes030
Black White & TanYes034
Blue Tan & WhiteYes291
Brown & WhiteYes063
Brown White & TanYes066
Lemon & WhiteYes115
Red & WhiteYes146
Tan & WhiteYes197

The above colors are standard colors of Beagles. However, the AKC recognizes 14 other colors in this breed, giving us a grand total of 25 Beagle colors. But unless you plan to show your dog or have them participate in competitions, it doesn’t matter.

Beagles are typically multi-colored dogs. It’s extremely rare to find a solid single color Beagle. At the very least, a Beagle will have two colors. But many times, they’ll have three colors, such as the: classic tri-color, faded tri-color, black back or the dark tri-color

1. Black Tan & White Beagle

The black white and tan Beagle is also called the classic tri color Beagle.
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The black, tan and white Beagle (tricolor) is by far the most popular color for these dogs. They are the “classic” tri-colored Beagle that we’ve all grown to know and love. These dogs are first born with just white and black.

However, in just a few short months, some of the black color starts to fade and develops into a brown or tan color. Thus, creating the three-colored coat. Despite the prevalence, the classic tri-color Beagle is both spectacular and stunning.

They develop the same colors in roughly the same areas for all dogs with this variation. So, you can expect some form of consistency in the coats. For instance, you will always see tan on the face, ears, body and sometimes legs and tails.

In addition, the black color is usually always on the Beagle’s body and tail. However, black may sometimes appear on the head, ears and tails as well. It all depends on your individual dog and there will be opportunities for slight variations.

As for the white, the color is usually seen on the legs, bottom, chest and muzzle of the Beagle. Different region variations of these colors can occur, but this is pretty standard for the black tan and white Beagle.

2. Black and Tan Beagle

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The black and tan Beagle is another popular color variation, though not as popular as a classic tri color. These Beagles have both tan and black, but are missing the white to complete the typical tri-color variation.

For the most part, these dogs are mainly black. Even so, you will see the brown or tan color on the bottom, chest, face, legs, ears and tails. However, the black color is certainly dominant and covers the body, back, tail, sides, ears and sometimes face.

Fortunately, the black and tan Beagle is officially recognized by the AKC under the 018 code of registration. Thanks to their inclusion into the standard, finding one won’t be hard. That being said, these dogs can make great show dogs. 

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4. Chocolate Tri-Color Beagle

The Chocolate Tri color is very similar to the classic tri color Beagle, but with a deeper brown.
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The chocolate tri-colored Beagle is another unique combination of colors commonly seen in the Beagle breed. As if the dog colors weren’t confusing enough, the chocolate tri color has many shades as well.

Some chocolate tri-color Beagles will have a lighter shade that resembles a light brown or red color. As a result, they’re often called the Liver tri color Beagle. Their nose can be also be a brown or reddish color, and have light colored eyes too.

It’s rather difficult to tell the difference between a chocolate and liver tri-colored Beagle when they’re in the early days of puppyhood. In fact, it may not be possible to tell until they’re at least a few months old to a year.

5. Blue Tri-Color Beagle

The blue tri color Beagle is a unique blend of white, tan and blue (diluted black).
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The Blue tri-colored Beagle can also be called the blue, tan and white Beagle. Some breeders may also call them the silver tri color Beagle. But despite the unusual color combo, this color variation is officially recognized by the AKC.

They look very similar to the classic tri-colored Beagle, however, the black is diluted to create a “blue-ish” or silver color. It is possible for a blue tri color to lose their silver color as they age. In this case, we call them “dark silver” Beagles. 

As for their noses, they’ll usually be a dark-blue grayish color. Furthermore, they’ll have lighter colored eyes too. It’s worth noting that “blue Beagles” can develop color dilution alopecia. In this case, they may lose patches of fur and develop skin conditions.

This health issue is not exclusive to blue Beagles, but to all blue dogs, including Frenchies and Doberman Pinschers as well. But the good news is that this condition is extremely rare in blue-colored Beagles. So, there’s little to worry about.

6. Tan and White Beagle

The tan and white Beagle is an amazing choice of color for this breed.
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In some cases, these tan and white Beagles are called “hare pied.” These dogs sport a basic bi-color tan and white coat without the black on the back and body of the Beagle. They are just left with the white base with patches of tan.

However in some cases, they can have black tips on the top of the hair and along their backs. Though this black is subtle and not enough to justify calling them classic tri-colored Beagles, it can be argued that they’re a tri-color.

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7. Lemon and White Beagles

The lemon and white colored Beagle is one of the most unique yet common color of these dogs.
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Another popular color combination is the lemon and white Beagle. As you may have guessed, the lemon is not the bright yellow that we see in the actual fruit. Rather, it refers to a yellowish golden color when it comes to Beagles.

The lemon and white dog will have a white-colored base coat, with golden patches that can vary a lot in size and shape. The lemon patches are typically seen on the back and body, tail, face and ears of the Beagle.

The white base can also vary in color. It tends to range anywhere from an off-white, to a more creamish white, and even a clear solid white. Lemon and whites won’t have any coloring on the tip of the hair, but will have a solid black nose

The color of the lemon can change drastically from puppyhood to adulthood. If you suspect you have a lemon and white puppy, there is a decent chance he or she may develop into a tan and white Beagle once fully grown. 

8. Black Tan & Bluetick Beagle

The bluetick tri color Beagle is a wonderful combination of black, tan and bluetick colors.
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Though not as popular as other colors, the black tan and bluetick Beagle is an awesome color combination. It’s truly a unique color combination, but still recognized by the kennel clubs. The “tick” refers to freckles on the coat of the dog.

Though different, the pattern looks extremely similar to the blue merle coats of the Australian Shepherds. It’s just that merle Aussies have larger patches of colors instead of small “freckles” on their beautiful lavish coats.

These bluetick Beagles have the classic black and tan color seen in the classic tri-color. But instead, they’ll have a diluted black (that looks like blue) ticking all over the body, bottom, legs, parts of the face and the tip of the tail. 

It’s worth noting that the ticking (freckles) usually don’t start developing until 3 weeks after birth. In some cases, it may take much longer for the bluetick to appear. Just be cautious if a breeder is trying to sell you extra on a young ticked pup.

The Other Colors of Beagles

There are actually 25 different color variations of the Beagle.
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This resource is not a comprehensive guide to Beagle colors, but rather, information on the most popular colors. There are simply too many color combinations. Though not all officially recognized, the AKC believes there are 25 color variations with the Beagles.

The other colors include: tan, white, brown, lemon, red, blue, black, black & white, blue & white, red & black, black & tan, brown & white, lemon & white, red & white, tan & white, black red & white, black tan & white, black white & tan, black tan & bluetick, black tan & redtick, black fawn & white, brown white & tan, blue tan & white, red black & white, white black & tan.

In terms of markings on the coat, these are the 6 types of recognized markings for Beagles:

  1. Ticked
  2. Black Markings
  3. Brown Markings
  4. Spotted
  5. Tan Markings
  6. White Markings

While these markings are recognized by the AKC, on the ticked is standard with Beagles. Some of these are common, while others are extremely rare. If your heart is set on a specific color & marking combination, it may be difficult to find. 

What About Merle Colored Beagles?

First of all, there’s no such thing as a merle Beagle. Despite this fact, I’ve seen many breeders try to promote this “ultra-rare” merle color with the Beagle. They simply don’t exist, though the bluetick Beagle looks very close.

If your breeder claims to have developed a merle Beagle, they are likely not purebred Beagles or they’re deceiving you with a young bluetick. However, Beagles can be crossed with other dog breeds, such as a Dachshund, to create the merle pattern. 

Sometimes, breeders will attempt to create “pocket Beagles” by breeding in smaller dogs. As a result, genes from other dogs get mixed in, thus creating strange and unusual coat variations not typically seen in purebreds.

Though this may be good for gene diversity, know that you may not be getting a purebred dog. There’s a good change you’re just getting a blue or redtick Beagle. The freckle pattern can often be confused as a merle pattern to the novice dog owner. 

Always do your research when shopping for a Beagle, including the several color variations. Though there are many great and reputable breeders for this breed, it’s still great practice to look into things yourself. 

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Richard Jeng

Richard has been raising dogs his whole life, including a Poodle, Pomeranian, Corgi and Australian Shepherd. He's always working with animal shelters and dog rescues because of his passion for all dogs. Fun fact: his all time favorite breed is the German Shepherd. Read More.

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