ALL ABOUT BEAGLES

Physical Description

Standard Beagles

Beagles have 2 sizes according to the American Kennel Club (AKC) 13” Beagles are smaller less than 20lbs (also called short legged or rabbit beagles) and 13-15” Beagles are a bit larger and 20-30lbs (also called long legged or deer beagles). Most BTTR beagles are not AKC show beagles so sizes can vary. Beagles tend to have a thicker stocky build or a long thin build a small stocky beagle may weight 30lbs while a tall thin beagle may only weigh 25lbs. Larger beagles over 40lbs or 17" are usually mixed with another hound breed.. BTTR generally does not take in dogs larger than 45lbs. Many hunters in Virginia use beagles to hunt rabbits and larger beagles or mixes to hunt deer. 

To see full breed description check out the AKC’s Breed Profile

Pocket/Toy/Mini/Teacup Beagles

Mini beagles sometimes called Pocket Beagles or Queen Elizabeth Pocket Beagles are not a recognized breed by the AKC. The term Pocket Beagle comes from a story that in the 13th century Queen Elizabeth I hunted with small hounds that could fit in a horses saddle bag. The breed has since gone extinct, and in 1999 The Olde English Pocket Beagle Registry was founded to try and recreate the breed.  Pocket Beagle breeders create a smaller beagle in one of two ways: 1 by breeding a beagle to a Chihuahua or Dachshund or 2 by breeding a small or runt beagle to another small or runt beagle. Pocket beagles are defined as being 7-12" tall and 7-15lbs when fully grown which is less than half the size of the smaller 13" beagle. In order to create a purebred dog of a specific size or color some breeders breed dogs that are not physically sound but carry the desired genes or use inbreeding (mother to son, father to daughter) to achieve the desired traits in the puppies. Any time animals are being bred with a trait other than health being the top priority (color, size, appearance etc) birth defects or genetic illnesses can be a problem.

BTTR had 2 Pocket Beagles in 2020, Tucker and Tyson are littermates born in an accidental litter. Tucker and Tyson's original family purchased their parents from an Olde English Pocket Beagle Breeder. The boys mom was close to Tucker in size and dad was more like Tyson. Tucker is only 9lbs fully grown however he suffers from neurological condition that effects his balance and how he walks. Most likely Tuckers condition was caused by a genetic abnormality due to his size or a birth defect. Tyson is 18lbs fully grown he has a more dome shaped skull than a typical beagle and an underbite. You can see the physical difference in build, head shape, and ear shape in these boys and the beagles show above in the Standard Beagle gallery.

Beagle Mixes 

Beagles and hounds are very popular in this area so beagle mixes are very common. Beagles mixed with other hound breeds are the most common, especially Treeing Walker Coonhounds, Plott Hounds, Harriers, Pointers, and Foxhounds. Beagles mixed with Labrador Retrievers, American Staffordshire terrier, and other Bully breeds also occur. Smaller breeds like Chihuahua, Dachshund, Rat Terriers, Cavalier King Charles Spaniel are sometimes used to create designer breeds with beagles.

Beagle Colors 

The accepted colors for beagles vary based on breed registry. The widely accepted color possibilities for beagle is “any hound color.” Just like with humans each color can have shades for example blonde is the color but there are dirty blondes, white blondes, strawberry blondes etc. Colors are based on gene combinations, markings such as a heart shaped white patch do not pass on genetically. Many people only recognize that classic tri-color beagle and think that other colors are beagles mixed with Australian Cattle dog, Bluetick Coonhound, or Dalmatian this can cause the dogs to be overlooked in a shelter by people looking for a purebred beagle.

For more info on colors and genetics check out Cedar Ridge Beagles.

The Tri-Colors 

Classic Tri-Color (Black, Tan/Red/Cream and White) the colors have defined lines and the amount of each color can vary 

Shaded Tri-Color (Black, Tan/Red/Cream and White) the black and tan fade into each other and the amount of each color can vary 

Chocolate/Liver Tri-Color (Brown/Chocolate/Liver, Tan/Red/Cream, and White) the brown and tan fade into each other and the amount of each color can vary 

Blue/Silver Tri-Color (Blue/Silver/Grey, Tan/Red/Cream and White) the blue replaces all back, some are very dark almost charcoal in color, others are a light grey color. 

Lilac/Khaki/Mocha Tri-color (Light greyish brown, Tan/Cream, and White). Also called blue-fawn the saddle color fades into the tan/cream.

The Bi-Colors 

Tan/Red and White: the colors have defined lines or may fade into each other. Shades vary from a dark red color to a tan. 

Black and Tan: the dog has no white, or only small white markings on the toes or chest. The amount of black can vary. 

Chocolate/Red and Tan: the dog has no white, or only small white markings on the toes and chest.

Lemon and White: Lemon or cream and white is a very pale cream color only a few shades darker than the white. Less common than tan and white. 

Black and White: usually white with a black saddle and black patches on the ears. Less common. 

The Blue/Red Ticks 

Blue Ticked (called roan in other breeds): All white areas are a mixture of black and white hairs causing a greyish color or salt n pepper pattern. In many dogs each hair is black on the bottom and white at the tip. Similar to an Australian Cattle Dog 

Red ticked (called roan in other breeds): All white areas are a mixture of brown/red/tan hairs and white hairs. In many dogs each hair is brown on the bottom and white at the tip. 

Blue and Red Ticked: The white parts on the upper body are blue ticked with red ticking on the legs, face, and chest. 

Beagle Markings 

Ticking/Speckles: The white areas have small speckled spots on them, the speckles can be black, tan, brown, or red. The spots are more like a Dalmatians than the blue or red ticking. 

Open Markings: Large white areas that cross over the back.

Human Created: Some hunters use liquid nitrogen to “paint” numbers on the dog’s side for ID purposes. Others use freeze brands. Both cause the fur to turn permanently white.  

Thank you to our adopters, and friends on the Virginia Beagles and Beagle and Hound Addicts for their photos for this Gallery. Photos marked with a CR are from CR beagles. We do not own the rights to these photos.

Brindle, Mere, and Dapple: These are not beagle colors, and are usually created by mixing in plott hound, dachshund, chihuahua, or other breeds.