Blue tick beagle – a guide to this rare breed

blue tick beagle

The blue tick beagle is a rare breed of dog part of the purebred Beagle family. The blue tick beagle has a coat that features blue ticks or flecks of color over its base color, black or white. These ticks give this particular type of beagle an appearance that ranges from blue to gray speckled on its smooth, short coat.

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What is a blue tick beagle?

The blue tick beagle is a small, intelligent dog with a great sense of smell and was bred as a hunting dog. Bluetick beagles have rare beagle colors coat coloration for a beagle that features blue ticks or flecks over its base color.

The blue tick beagle is a friendly dog with a kind nature with a compact, muscular, lean body with a long tail. It has a square muzzle, large expressive brown eyes, and long soft floppy ears, making it an excellent family pet.

Where do beagles originate from?

The modern beagle breed was created in Great Britain during the 1830s from various breeds, including the Talbot Hound, North County Beagle, Southern Hound, and likely the Harrier.

Hunting Beagles are thought to have been developed by the Reverend Philip Honeywood in Essex, England, in the 1830s. The original pack included a mix of southern hounds and north county beagles (both extinct).

The beagle blue tick hound was initially bred as a hunting companion to hunt rabbits and hares as part of a pack of hunting dogs.

In the mid-nineteenth century, beagles were brought to the United States for hunting, not breeding. Beagle hound dogs have a fantastic sense of smell and are excellent rabbit hunters.

Today, the beagle is still used as a hunting dog for small-sized game like rabbits and is also used as a detection dog, in law enforcement agencies, due to its keen sense of smell and being a popular family dog.

The beagle is a purebred hound dog registered with the American Kennel Club (AKC) as part of the Hound Group.

The clubs recognize the beagle blue tick hound as a purebred beagle color variation.

What does a blue tick beagle dog look like?

The blue tick beagle has a compact, lean body, long tail (tipped with white), square muzzle, large brown eyes, and long floppy ears.

The beagle blue tick hound has a short coat with an underlying layer of long stiff hairs called the undercoat, which gives it warmth in colder weather and helps insulate it in hotter weather. The topcoat is smooth, shiny, easy to care for, and typically tricolor or black/white/tan.

Beagles do not have a single color or block coat. Instead, their coats are made up of two or three colors, such as black on the back and saddle, with a brown head and white belly.

Beagles may have small flecks or spots on the white portions of their bodies, which might be blue or red. A ticked or mottled beagle is a color variety of beagle. The white part of a blue ticked beagle has black or blue flecks, hence the name blue tick beagle.

Bluetick beagle temperament and personality

The word “blue tick” is just used to distinguish the color of this purebred dog breed, and as such blue tick beagles act just like other beagles.

Like all beagles, a blue tick beagle needs to be kept active.

The beagle breed likes to examine and explore at will, tracking a scent or determinedly pursuing a target.

Beagles are clever, but because they have been bred for the long chase, they are single-minded and stubborn, making training challenging.

The beagle breed can be challenging to recall once they have picked up a scent and are effortlessly distracted by smells. 

The beagle blue tick hound dog breed is an active dog with an even-tempered personality, and as such, the bluetick beagle makes excellent family pets.

Bluetick beagles have very few inherent health problems but can suffer from cherry eye and separation anxiety if left for long periods by themselves.

Ten frequently asked questions about blue tick beagles.

How much does blue tick beagle hound dogs weigh?

They share the same attributes as part of the beagle purebred dog breed. A blue tick beagle can weigh anywhere from 18 to 35 pounds, with females on average being smaller than males.

How big are blue tick beagles?

A beagle blue tick hound size is between 13 and 16 inches high at the withers.

How much do blue tick beagles cost?

Depending on pedigree, coloring, and pattern, a blue tick beagle can cost anything from $400 to $1000 from a reputable breeder.

What is the best food for the blue tick beagle puppy?

Try to keep your bluetick beagle puppy on the same food the breeder gave them. Reputable blue tick beagle breeders will likely have given the puppy a quality kibble and would be more than happy to advise you on what type of diet to feed your bluetick beagle puppy as they become adult dogs. A quality kibble and raw diet are the most popular types of food to give a beagle.

How many times a day do you feed a blue tick miniature beagle?

Most owners feed their blue tick beagles twice a day, morning and afternoon. Try to stick to regular feeding times as all dog breeds like routine.

Where to find blue tick beagle puppies for sale

Finding a blue tick beagle puppy for sale may not be easy. Most reputable breeders will have waiting lists for their blue tick beagle puppies and rarely advertise puppies for sale. The best option is to build relationships with the known breeders and ask to be alerted if and when puppies become available.

Where to find rescue blue tick beagles

Finding a blue tick hound in rescue centers could be tricky due to how rare blue tick beagles are and how popular they are as family pets. However, as rescuing a dog is always worthwhile, it is always worth calling around the local rescue centers to enquire; you never know what you may find!

Are blue tick beagles purebred?

A blue tick beagle is a variation of the beagle dog breed and, as such, is classed as a purebred beagle.

All clubs, including the American Kennel Club, United Kennel Club, Canadian Kennel Club, and National Beagle Club, recognize the blue tick beagle as a purebred beagle color variation.

Are blue tick beagles the same as the blue tick coonhound?

The blue tick hound or blue tick beagle is not the second cousin twice removed of the bluetick coonhound. I say this in jest, but the blue tick beagle is often mistaken with, and vice versa, for the blue tick coonhound. Although they have similar-sounding names, they are indeed a separate dog breed and in no way related (by blood, marriage, or otherwise!).

blue tick coonhound
A blue tick coonhound, not to be confused with the blue tick beagle.

What is a red tick beagle? 

A red tick beagle is also a separate color standardization of the beagle breed, and it’s sought after by both the dog owner and beagle dog breeders alike.

What is a pocket beagle?

Miniature breeds of beagle-type dogs were known from the times of Edward II and Henry VII, who both had packs of Glove Beagles, so named since they were small enough to fit on a glove, and Queen Elizabeth I kept a breed known as a Pocket Beagle, which stood 8 to 9 inches at the shoulder.

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