Beagle-hounds Color Coded – All About ‘Lemon’ Beagles!

Lemon Beagle! Really, even discounting the fact that a beagle color should ideally be “any true hound color,” what sort of a color is lemon when it comes to a dog?  But it’s the perfect name for a bright intelligent animal like beagle. Think about it. When you think ‘lemon’ beagles, you immediately conjure a brightness that resembles daylight. And a beagle is just a bright spark lighting up your days with fun and frolic.

But that’s not what gave the lemon beagle its name. A little research shows that hounds in general come in many colors. To solve the intriguing ‘lemon beagle’ let’s look into hound colorings first.

Beagle Hound colors classified!

When it comes to hounds, the ‘classic’ color combo is black-white- and tan and for days, people didn’t know any other color combination for a hound!  It is still the most popular combination for hounds, and especially beagles. But modern day cross breeding has made scope for a variety of colors for hounds. The only thing that has remained constant regardless of coloring is the white tail tip. It is almost a trademark for hounds.

So, color coding hounds…


  • Include a mixture of black, tan, and white in expandable combinations and variations. The black can be rich and shiny lasting a lifetime or fading out as the dog matures. When it fades, the black dilutes into a bluish hue, and another variation of the tricolor is blue-tan-white.

  • The tan can be rich or very pale, and the white is generally pure white, with the exception of a mottle. Tan often fades into a fawn, while liver pales to lilac.

  • Tricolor pups are born black and white, or blue-tan-white, sprinkled with markings around eyes and ears. The blue-white-fawn pups come from a different genetic strain altogether. Black/pale black spots on white coats create the blue effect. The tan shade of the legs and head develop deeper as the pup grows. Some can even develop white hairs in their coats at 8 weeks.


  • Such beagles have spots on their white coats, and this white is more a creamy hue. The main coloring of the coat gives the beagle its name: lemon-mottled, hare pied-mottled, and so on. Mottled pups can be liver colored, an effect of the recessive gene in beagles, and it is not a recommended shade for a hound. 

  • Another shade that is not very suitable for beagle is the brindle color. Some tricolor beagles can easily be mistaken for mottled pups.  A mottled pup is known by his pigmented paws, which start at the edges and develop into rings.


  • Lemon-pied, badge pied and hare pied are the three pied in the beagle family. In case of a pied, the same hair can have a combination of colors depending on the agouti-gene. So you can have stripes on one side, or just on the back. But the tips of the hair are always black.

  • Another characteristic feature is the so-called “butterfly-nose,” the typical dark rimmed nose of pied pups. At birth, hare pied pups look like white or tan pups, and their pieds can develop or fade out, as they grow older.


  • Our lemon beagle belongs to this category. As their name suggests, bicolor beagles have a combination of 2 colors, usually, white and caramel brown, or tan and red. The coloring depends on the pigmentation of the pups. The former though rare, are famous, as ‘lemon beagles’ and the tan ones are called ‘orange’!

  • Bicolor pups are born white with cream patches, which darken with age. Although the coloring is easily identifiable with bicolor pups, it is difficult to guesstimate the coloring of the pups when they grow into adults. Lemon pups appear white at birth, and the nose pigment in these pups is darkest.

Are Lemon beagles any different from their regular counterparts?

Nah! They are still adorable beagles, just like your regular ones. It’s just that they are a bright gold, or the color of a lemon. You can even push it further and call it lemon meringue pie! Even the American Kennel Club recognizes them as regular beagles.

What makes them so special?

Lemon beagles have 2 typical features that set them apart from their peers.

1.    Lemon beagles can be 13-15 inches in size, or smaller than 13 inches. That makes them a part of both the size classifications.

2.    They shed very little, don’t smell, and are less prone to allergies. This makes them better to maintain.

Otherwise, lemon beagles carry the flag for all other typical beagle attributes! So go get yourself one right now!


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