The lemon beagle, appearance, characteristics, and temperament

What is a lemon beagle?

The lemon beagle is a rare variation of the beagle dog breed. This particular beagle type has a white and lemon coat, which stands out from other breeds. The lemon beagle’s temperament, general appearance, and characteristics are generally no different than other beagles – they have different coloration. However, most lemon beagles are smaller, though not always.

The beagle breed is found in a variety of colors. The American Kennel Club (AKC) list 25 combinations of just ten colors, with the lemon and white combination listed as one of the colors. In addition, there are six distinct markings that a Beagle may have.

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What is a lemon beagle?

A lemon beagle is a standard purebred beagle color variation and is categorized by lemon, lemon, and white. The American Kennel Club (AKC) lists the lemon beagle with a registration code of 114 and the Lemon and white as 115.

A pure solid lemon beagle is relatively rare. More typical is the Lemon & white beagle.

Nearly all lemon beagles are born entirely white. Still, they quickly develop the ‘lemon’ or ‘tan’ markings, which can become darker over time.

Lemon and whites are white for longer than tan and white beagle puppies – you generally see the tan on tan and white coming through after a week to 2 weeks, where the lemon and white can take 6-7 weeks.

The slightly more common Lemon and white Beagle has a black nose while a tan and white are darker in color and have a brown or ‘liver’ nose.

As lemon beagles are rarer than their tri-colored counterparts, it’s not unusual to pay more for a Lemon and white Beagle.

How to find lemon beagle puppies

Finding purebred lemon beagles can be tricky due to the scarcity of the color.

The first thing to decide is if you want a puppy or are prepared to offer a rescue dog a home.

Rescuing a beagle

You might be surprised how many lemon beagles find their way into shelters. Beagles, no matter the color, are not always the easiest hounds for families. Unfortunately, many families give up on their dogs and relinquish them to the nearest shelters or dog charities.

By adopting a beagle from a shelter, you give these loving hounds a second chance, which can be very rewarding for you and the dog!

Finding a lemon and white beagle puppy

If you have decided that you’d prefer a puppy, you will need to find a reputable breeder.

Good breeders are approachable, happy to answer questions, insist on home visits and a contract of sale, and will nearly always be the first to offer help and advice with your new beagle puppy.

Note that it’s hard to know what color a beagle litter will be, and a typical litter of 4-8 puppies could have a mix of colors, including lemon and white.

Also, most breeders will not generally mate two tans or lemons together. Occasionally the odd breeder will do, but it’s rare.

Avoid puppy farms and breeders that are not willing to share the details of the mum and dad dogs. Knowing the history of the dogs is crucial in making sure the breed stays healthy.

The cost of a lemon beagle is one of the few things that differ from their regular colored siblings. However, due to their rarity, you may find these puppies are more expensive.

Six interesting facts about Beagles

  1. The beagle was bred for hunting rabbits and hares. Beagles have a marvelous sense of smell and will follow any trail, no matter how faint!
  2. The name ‘beagle’ comes from the French word ‘beugler,’ which means ‘to bellow.’
  3. The beagle variety has two distinct sizes. In the United States, Beagles are divided into two categories. Under 13 inches and over 13 inches but less than 15 inches. In the United States, a Beagle’s height is limited to 15 inches; it is 16 inches in England.
  4. Beagles can be stubborn. Beagles have the reputation of being hard to train, with many noting they are stubborn and wilful hounds. However, beagles respond well to positive reinforcement training, and a large bag of healthy training treats will get your beagle in the mood for training!
  5. The tails of Beagles are like white flags, which would have been a visual signal to hunters indicating the direction of their quarry.
  6. Beagles are likely to howl or bay when they pick up a scent. Beagles can develop an intense prey drive, which means they have a deep desire to chase something down and catch it.

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