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8 Fascinating Colors of Beagles – A 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 colors of the Beagle? In other words, you have options. 

Picking out a Beagle is more than finding the right breeder, though a reputable breeder is very important. These 8 Beagle colors 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 seven most common colors of these little friendly dogs. Though there may be other colors of the Beagle, they are extremely rare and excluded from this list.

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

The 10 basic colors of the Beagle include:

  • Tan
  • White
  • Lemon
  • Brown
  • Blue
  • Red
  • Black
  • Fawn
  • Bluetick
  • Redtick

However, 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 from the list.

Many times, they’ll have three colors, nicknamed: 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’re the “classic” tri-colored Beagle that we’ve all grown to know and love. 

These dogs are typically born with just white and black. However, in just a few short months, some of the black starts to fade and develops into a brown/tan color. 

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. 

For instance, you will always see tan on the face, ears, body and sometimes legs and tails. The black is usually always on the Beagle’s body and tail. However, black may sometimes appear on the head, ears and tails. 

As for the white, the color is usually apparent on the legs, bottom, chest and muzzle. 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 the classic tri color. These Beagles have the both tan and black, but are missing the white to complete the classic tri-color variation.

For the most part, these dogs are mainly black. You will see the brown/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 registration code. With that 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 Beagles. If the colors weren’t confusing enough, the chocolate tri color has different shades as well.

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

It’s fairly 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.

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. Despite the unusual color combination, these color variations are 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” silver color. It is possible for a blue tri color to lose their silver back 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 serious skin conditions. This health issue is not exclusive to blue Beagles, but to all blue dogs, including French Bulldogs and Doberman Pinschers as well.

But the good news is that this condition is extremely rare in blue-colored Beagles. 

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 Beagles are called “hare pied.” These dogs sport a basic bi-color tan/white coat without the black on the back and body of the Beagle. 

They can have black tips on the top of the hair – along their back. However, this black is subtle and not enough to justify calling them classic tri-colored Beagles.

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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 refers to a yellowish golden color when it comes to Beagles.

A lemon and white will have a white-colored base coat, with golden patches that can vary a lot in size. 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 may range anywhere from an off-white, to a cream 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. 

This colors with lemons can change drastically from puppyhood. If you suspect you have a lemon and white puppy, there is a chance it may develop into a tan and white Beagle in adulthood. 

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. The “tick” refers to “freckles” on the coat of the dog. Though very different, the pattern looks similar to the blue merle coats of the Australian Shepherds.

These Beagles have the classic black and tan color seen in the classic tri-color. However, they’ll have a diluted black (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. 

The Other Colors of Beagles

There are actually 25 different color variations of the Beagle.
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This resource is not meant to be a comprehensive guide to Beagle colors. The fact is, 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 popular types of markings for Beagles:

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

Some of these are common, while others are extremely rare. If your heart is set on a specific color and 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. 

If your breeder claims to have developed a merle Beagle, they are likely not purebred Beagles. They can be mixed with other dog breeds, such as a Dachshund, to create this coat pattern. 

Sometimes, breeders will attempt to create “pocket Beagles” by breeding in smaller dogs. As a result, genes from other dogs will 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 are not getting a pure Beagle. 

There’s also a chance that what you’re really getting is a bluetick or redtick Beagle. The freckle pattern can often be confused as a merle pattern to the unexperienced novice dog owner. 

Always do your research when you’re shopping for a Beagle. Though there are many great and reputable breeders, 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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