Lemon Beagle Breed Information – The Best Beagle Color?

Bonnie the lemon beagle

Beagles are small hound dogs with friendly and energetic personalities. They are known for their strong sense of smell and ability to track scents over long distances.

Beagles are also known for their distinctive howl, which they will use to alert their owners to potential prey. In addition, they are intelligent and eager to please, making them a popular pet choice. Beagles are generally good with children and other dogs but can be stubborn and require patient training.

The Lemon Beagle is a type of Beagle that is white and lemon-colored. Most Lemon Beagles are born primarily white, but their tan color gets darker as they grow. Lemon Beagles are rare, so they cost more money than regular beagles. A Lemon Beagle puppy usually costs between $500 and $1,300.

Lemon beagle vs. the tri-color Beagle

Beagle dogs are a member of the hound family. There is no difference between a Lemon Beagle and a regular Beagle; the only difference is the coat color. They have the same temperament and size, and distinguishing features. The Lemon Beagle is just a variation of the Beagle breed with lemon-colored markings.

The Lemon Beagle is identical to other beagles in temperament and behavior. They are friendly, playful, and loving dogs that love being around people and other animals.

They can be stubborn at times, but with patience and consistency, they will be well-behaved pets.

The Lemon Beagle is a friendly and loyal breed that makes an excellent family pet. They are intelligent and active and need plenty of exercise and mental stimulation to remain happy and healthy. They will make great additions to any home with patience and consistency in training.

A lemon beagle on the left next to a tri-color beagle - note the black nose on the lemon beagle.
A lemon beagle on the left next to a tri-color beagle – note the black nose on the lemon beagle.

Can lemon beagles be AKC registered?

The lemon beagle is a color variation of the Beagle and, as such, is classed as a purebred beagle, with the lemon beagle dog recognized by the American Kennel Club (AKC).

The AKC assigns the lemon beagle a registration number of 114, while the lemon and white Beagle is listed as 115.

Always buy from reputable breeders or a lemon beagle rescue to ensure the lemon beagle is purebred.

Buying from reputable breeders will ensure they are purebred dogs with documented history, which is crucial for checking for health issues.

What do lemon beagles look like?

A lemon beagle is pretty much the same size and shapes as any other, but they have a unique coat color. They are white with lemon or tan markings on their face, chest, legs, and tail. The beagle dog’s coat is short, dense, and close-lying.

Lemon Beagles have the same long ears and pleading eyes as regular Beagles. Their long ears are set low on their head, a square-shaped muzzle, a stout body, and an upright tail tipped with white.

Bonnie the lemon beagle - a rare color combo
Bonnie, my very own Lemon Beagle companion

According to the AKC, there are two Beagle varieties: those standing under 13 inches at the shoulder and those between 13 and 15 inches.

Lemon beagles can be either size, but they are most commonly the smaller 13-inch variety.

It can be challenging to distinguish between a lemon beagle and a tan and white beagle from the lemon beagle’s coat alone.

The lemon patches of the lemon beagle remain lighter than the tan found on tan and white beagles, while the nose of the lemon beagle is dark, almost black, whereas the tan and white Beagle’s nose is often described as a liver color.

Note the liver color nose of this tan and white beagle
Note the liver color nose of this tan and white Beagle

Lemon beagle puppies

When born, a lemon beagle puppy’s coat is nearly entirely white.

As the lemon beagle puppy grows, the markings will become more distinct, and the coat will darken to its adult coloration.

Many think that breeding two lemon beagles together produces purely lemon-colored litter. Unfortunately, this is not true, and a mix of colors often occurs in the same litter. There’s no way of knowing how the puppies will turn out until they are born.

If you’re thinking of getting a lemon beagle puppy, research and buy from a responsible breeder or get in touch with the national beagle club to find local lemon beagle breeders.

a group of beagle puppies, including lemon beagles
A group of beagle puppies, including lemon beagles

Lemon and white beagle temperament

Do lemon beagles make good family dogs?

The lemon beagle temperament is enthusiastic, energetic, social, playful, affectionate, great with young kids and other pets, and keen to hunt, run, and exercise.

Lemon beagle dogs are also affectionate dogs. Beagles typically were hunting dogs and pack dogs and preferred to be part of a larger pack or family.

Like the more common colored beagles, the lemon beagle loves to curl up on the couch with their favorite human or other dogs, making them great family dogs!

As scent hounds, one challenge all lemon beagle owners share is managing the Beagle’s desire to follow her keen sniffer anywhere and everywhere!

Lemon beagles are curious and lively, and the lemon beagle is excellent companion for those who enjoy an active lifestyle.

The beagle breed is also known for being friendly and good with children.

Like all beagles, lemon beagles are intelligent dogs, but they can also be determined and stubborn.

This means that lemon beagles need owners willing to put in the time and effort to train them properly.

Beagles are also known for being vocal dogs, and lemon beagles are no exception.

Lemon beagles will often bay or bark, especially when they catch a scent or are excited.

Like some other dogs, a lemon beagle’s temperament can vary from dog to dog, be sure to ask the dog breeder for background information on the lemon puppy’s parents.

Bonnie the lemon beagle - a rare color combo
Bonnie, my lemon beagle loves to cuddle and snooze after a long walk

Are lemon beagles healthy dogs?

Like all purebred beagles, lemon beagles are generally healthy dogs with a few health problems to look out for.

Some lemon beagle health problems to watch out for include;

  • Cherry Eye
  • Intervertebral disc disease
  • Glaucoma
  • Heart disease.

Always purchase your lemon beagle puppy from reputable breeders and ask about family health problems.

Lemon beagle lifespan

Lemon beagles, also known as tricolor beagles, have the same lifespan as other beagles.

A healthy lemon beagle can be expected to live between 12 and 15 years.

As with all breeds, the actual lifespan of an individual dog can be influenced by various factors, including genetics, diet, exercise, and overall health.

It is crucial to provide your Beagle with proper nutrition, regular exercise, and preventive healthcare to help ensure a long and healthy life.

Read more about the lifespan of a beagle.

Are lemon beagles rare?

Many say that lemon beagles are rare. However, It is not accurate to say that lemon beagles are less common than tri-color beagles or another hound coloring.

Beagles can come in various colors, including black, tan, red, and lemon.

Lemon beagles are recognized by the American Kennel Club (AKC) as a valid color variation within the breed standard.

Tri-color beagles, also known as tricolor beagles, are a type of Beagle that has three colors in their coat, which may include black, tan, lemon, and white.

Tri-color beagles are also not considered more or less common than other color variations of beagles.

The prevalence of different coat colors within the breed can vary depending on the region and the specific breeding lines used.

It is not uncommon for both lemon and tri-color beagles to be available through breeders and rescue organizations.

Do lemon beagle puppies change color as they grow?

A beagle lemon beagle is born almost white, and its color gradually changes as they grow.

As lemon beagle puppies mature, they will develop the lemon and white coat characteristic of the lemon and white beagle breed.

Places to find lemon beagle puppies for sale and adoption

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.

Lemon beagle rescue centers

You might be surprised how many lemon beagles find their way into shelters.

Unfortunately, beagles are not always the easiest hounds for families, no matter the color. Many families give up on their dogs and relinquish them to the nearest shelters or dog charities.

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

Finding a lemon beagle puppy

If you want to get a puppy, it’s crucial to find a reputable breeder.

Good breeders are approachable, happy to answer questions, insist on home visits and a contract of sale, and 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. So, if a breeder is promising you a lemon beagle from an unborn litter, be wary, as they can’t know for sure until the puppies are born.

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 unwilling to share the details of the mum and dad dogs. Knowing the dogs’ history is crucial in ensuring the breed stays healthy.

How much does a lemon beagle cost?

The cost of a lemon-colored beagle is one of the few things that differ from their regular colored siblings; owing to the lemon beagle’s popularity rather than scarcity, they tend to cost a little more than their black, brown, and tan counterparts.

Lemon beagle cost 

The lemon-colored Beagle is one of the more sought-after coat colors. Because of this, a beagle with a lemon coat color might be somewhat more expensive than one with a different color.

The lemon beagle price can vary depending on several factors, including the location, the breeder or seller, and the individual dog’s age, pedigree, and overall health.

On average, you can expect to pay anywhere from $800 to $2,500 for a lemon beagle puppy from a breeder. However, prices may be higher or lower depending on the breeder’s reputation and the specific characteristics of the puppy.

Remember that purchasing a puppy from a breeder is only one option for acquiring a lemon beagle.

You can also adopt a lemon beagle from a rescue organization or a local animal shelter.

The adoption fee for a lemon beagle from a rescue or shelter may be lower than the price of a puppy from a breeder, including spay/neuter surgery and other preventive healthcare.

If you are looking for lemon beagle puppies for sale, make sure that you do your research and only buy from reputable beagle breeders.

Lemon beagle expenses

Like their more common colored siblings, Lemon-colored beagles must be fed quality dog food, such as a high-quality kibble, raw diet, or a mix of both.

Adult lemon beagles will incur ongoing costs such as food, vet bills, and general maintenance should be considered when budgeting for your new lemon beagle.

As a guide, you can expect to pay around $70-$100 per month on average for food and treats and $30-80 USD per month on routine vet care (such as vaccinations, check-, worming, and flea/tick treatment).

Can lemon Beagle dogs be used as working dogs?

Yes, lemon beagles can be used as working dogs. Beagles are a breed of hound known for their ability to track scents over long distances.

These traits make them well-suited for various roles, including search and rescue, drug and bomb detection, and hunting.

Lemon beagles, like other beagles, can be trained to use their keen sense of smell to locate specific scents and alert their handlers to their presence.

They can also be trained to follow a scent trail and track down a specific person or object.

Beagles are intelligent, energetic, and eager to please, which makes them a popular choice as working dogs. However, they can also be stubborn and require patient, consistent training to be successful in a working role.

Other beagle colors

Beagles can be black, brown, lemon, red, blue, tan, or combined.

Lemon beagles have a unique coat color due to a recessive gene that lightens the fur’s pigment.

All beagles have at least two colors (bi-color), such as black and white or lemon and white.

The lemon beagle dog is one of the rarer colors. Read more about beagle colors.

Meet my two beagles, Bonnie the lemon beagle, on the left, and Baylee the tri-color, on the right.
Meet my two beagles, Bonnie the lemon beagle, on the left, and Baylee the tri-color, on the right.

Six interesting facts about lemon beagles

The Beagle was bred to hunt rabbits and hares. Beagles have a marvelous sense of smell and will follow any trail, no matter how faint!

  1. The name “beagle” is thought to have originated from the French word “begueule,” which means “open throat” or “loudmouth.” This is believed to be a reference to the breed’s distinctive howl, which they will use to alert their owners to potential prey.
  2. 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.
  3. Beagles can be stubborn. Beagles are 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!
  4. The tails of Beagles are like white flags, which would have been a visual signal to hunters indicating the direction of their quarry.
  5. 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.

Frequently asked questions

Are female beagles calmer than males?

Dogs are individuals, so it depends on the dog. Some female beagles are calmer than males, and some males are calmer than females. However, beagles generally tend to be active and full of energy.

Do lemon beagles change color?

Lemon beagles may change color as they mature. Some lemon beagles will lighten in color as they age, while others may darken. However, most lemon beagles will keep their lemon color throughout their lives.

Can lemon beagles have blue eyes?

Purebred beagles can not have blue-colored eyes as it’s not in their genes.

What color nose does a lemon beagle have?

The lemon beagle has a black nose.

Are white beagles rare?

A single-color beagle does not meet the purebred breed standard, and white beagles are rare but are NOT purebred beagles. Lemon and white beagles are classed as purebred.

What is a silver beagle?

Silver may be used to describe a Beagle that has some light blue on the coat. However, they are scarce, and the color is not listed on the AKC breed standard.

What are blue beagles?

The blue Beagle is a beagle with blue markings on its coat. The blue color is not a breed standard but is listed on the AKC color registration (037).

Are there two types of Beagles?

There are two classes of beagles (by size) those classed as;

  • 13 inches & under
  • 13-15 inches.

Read more about how big beagles get.

How can I tell if my Beagle is purebred?

If you are looking for a purebred lemon or lemon and white Beagle, the best way to find one is to go through a reputable breeder.

A good breeder will be able to show you proof that the lemon beagle puppies they have for sale are purebred and will have registration papers to back it up.

You can also check the breed standard from the AKC.

Is a blue tick beagle purebred?

The Blue Tick Beagle is part of the purebred beagle dog breed. ‘Blue-tick’ is just one color within the breed.

The blue tick beagle’s coat is covered in blue ticks (a breed standard) or flecks of color over its base color of black or white, giving a blue or gray-speckled appearance to its smooth, short coat. Read more about blue tick beagles.

Are beagles aggressive?

Dogs are individuals, so it depends on the dog and the circumstances of the beagle dog’s life. Some beagles are aggressive, while others are not. However, beagles generally are calm dogs and make great family dogs.

Do lemon beagles shed a lot?

Lemon beagles are moderate shedders. However, they have a short, dense double coat that is easy to groom. Read more about Beagle shedding.

Is Snoopy a lemon beagle?

Snoopy is black and white, with black ears and the characteristic beagle black spot on his back. While this coloring isn’t as common as the black, tan, and white combo most people associate with beagles, it does exist.

What is a pocket beagle?

A pocket beagle is a small variety of the beagle breed.

Pocket beagles are characterized by their small size, typically standing only 9 to 11 inches tall at the shoulder and weighing less than 15 pounds.

They have the same general appearance as standard beagles, with short, smooth coats, long ears, and friendly, energetic personalities.

Pocket beagles are also known for their sense of smell and ability to track scents over long distances.

Despite their small size, pocket beagles are energetic and require regular exercise and mental stimulation to stay healthy and happy. They are generally good with children and other dogs but can be stubborn and require patient training.

Pocket beagles are not recognized as a separate breed by the American Kennel Club (AKC), but some breed organizations recognize them.

Do beagles breed well with other dog breeds?

Beagles can generally breed well with other dog breeds as long as the breeding is done responsibly and with consideration for the health and well-being of the dogs involved.

When breeding any two dogs, it is essential to carefully consider the potential risks and benefits and ensure that both dogs are physically and genetically sound.

Beagles are generally healthy and hardy dogs, but like all breeds, they can be prone to certain inherited health conditions. It is important to carefully screen both parent dogs for any potential health issues before breeding and to consult with a veterinarian or a geneticist to assess the risks of passing on any potential genetic conditions to the offspring.

7 popular beagle mixes include;

  1. Beagle-Basset Hound mix (also known as a “Bagel”)
  2. Beagle-Bulldog mix (also known as a “Beabull”)
  3. Beagle-Cocker Spaniel mix (also known as a “Cocker Beagle”)
  4. Beagle-Dachshund mix (also known as a “Beagleweenie”)
  5. Beagle-Labrador Retriever mix (also known as a “Labbe”)
  6. Beagle-Poodle mix (also known as a “Beapoo”)
  7. Beagle-Pug mix (also known as a “Puggle“)

Remember that these are just a few examples of the many possible beagle mixed breeds.

Many other breeds can be crossed with beagles to create new and unique hybrid dogs.

As with any mixed breed, it is essential to carefully consider the potential risks and benefits before deciding to breed two dogs together.

It is also essential to ensure that both parent dogs are physically and genetically sound and to consult with a veterinarian or a geneticist to assess the risks of passing on any potential genetic conditions to the offspring.


Lemon beagles are beagles with a coat color including lemon/tan and white. These small hound dogs are known for their strong sense of smell and ability to track scents over long distances. They are also intelligent, energetic, and affectionate, making them popular pets. They are generally good with children and other dogs but can be stubborn and require patient training. They are also prone to barking and digging, which can be problematic for some owners. Overall, lemon beagles are a friendly and playful breed that make great companions for families and individuals. If you are considering adding a lemon beagle to your family, be prepared to provide plenty of exercises, mental stimulation, and affection to keep your new furry friend happy and healthy.

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