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Unique Beagle Colors

Khaki, Lilac, Mocha, Blue Fawn, Silver

    

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While most people picture the typical tri-colored beagle in their minds when the topic of beagles arises, there are actually many other colors and shade variations of beagles. Some people search high and low to find these unique beagles because they like to be different, or stand out in a crowd.

Having a uniquely-colored beagle is an excellent way to start up a conversation with strangers. While walking one of our khaki/mocha/lilac beagles, I'm often stopped and questioned about her color.

Ok, you guys...I know what you're thinking right now. You're thinking, "Wow...that would be like a chick magnet!"  :-)  True, but of course make sure you only adopt a beagle if you're ready to care for a new dog.

To learn more about beagle colors, visit our Beagle Colors web page.

 Lilac (aka Khaki, Mocha, Blue Fawn) Beagles

The correct term for this color, according to a major breed association, is lilac. However, some beagle breeders have over the years described it as mocha or khaki or blue fawn, and the terms have stuck. This color is a diluted chocolate milk shade, and is my personal favorite! Some dogs with similar coloring in other breeds can have a skin condition called blue alopecia. It is extremely rare in beagles of these colors, however, and some claim it doesn't occur in the beagle breed. Most likely it can occur, but is so rare as to not be known of.

Blue Tri (Silver Tri) Beagle Colors


Some blue beagles (aka silver beagles) are almost as dark as regular tri-colored beagles, but that is not always the case. Some blue beagles do lose most of their silver back color as they mature. Others have a charcoal-colored saddle at maturity. Silver beagles' heads will have a bit of a different color when compared to regular tri-colored beagles, and their noses are dark blue-gray. Some dogs with similar coloring in other breeds can have a skin condition called blue alopecia. It is extremely rare in beagles of these colors, however, and some claim it doesn't occur in the beagle breed. Most likely it can occur, but is so rare as to not be known of.

Tan and White (Hare Pied)


Although these puppies are labeled a tan and white, they are most likely very rare (extremely rare!) "hare pied" beagles. Hare Pied beagles have black tips on the hairs down the middle of their backs, and have a 'butterfly nose' (liver in the middle, dark on the outer edges).

To learn more about beagle colors, visit our Beagle Colors web page.

Chocolate and Liver Tri

Chocolate and Liver tri beagles are similar to the standard tri-colore beagles in color. The main difference is that the back is a chocolate or mahogany color instead of black. At birth, it is difficult to predict whether the puppy will be chocolate or mahogany on the back.

Lemon and White


Lemon beagles are born nearly pure white. This adult lemon (above) shows the typical golden patches of a lemon beagle. Her white areas might be slightly off white (a light cream), or may be clear white. Her back is uniformly gold in her color patches, without any black hairs or black-tipped hairs. Her nose is black.

Merles

Purebred beagles do not come in merle. Anyone making such a claim has probably introduced another breed into their beagle lines (such as dachshund), or has bought a puppy from a breeder that has done so. This practice is seen in the so-called "pocket beagles," where small dog breeds have been crossbred with beagles to reduce size. In addition to introducing non-beagle colors, this also introduces health problems found in those other breeds.

Additional Information about Beagle Colors

Note that different resources have conflicting information about the uniquely-colored beagles, such as hare pied and lemon beagles.

 

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03/25/2014

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