Beagle Colors

". . . any recognized hound color . . ."


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Shaded Tri          Chocolate Tri           Classic Tri                Blue Tri        Red & White

Just what IS any recognized hound color? This has been a matter of controversy for many hundreds of years, not only in the United States but in other countries as well.  The British Standard allows for "any recognized hound color except liver", although it used to allow all hound colors.  And, when we speak of "hound colors", are we talking only scent hounds or are we including the Teckel (dachshund) group, the sighthounds and other miscellaneous so-called hounds such as the Norwegian Elkhound?  Most people agree that the recognized hound colors are those occuring  in the Pack Hounds, such as the English and American Foxhounds, the Harrier, the Beagle, and the Basset Hound. Although if we include other obvious pack hounds such as the many breeds of Coonhounds we can get quite a different variety of colors because of the many crosses made in developing those breeds, even brindle. Then there are the rough-coated scent hounds such as the Otterhound, the Petit Basset Griffon Vendeen and others not yet recognized by AKC, whose coat color often tends to be more grizzled.

Therefore, this page is presented to show what most people in Beagles will agree are "recognized hound colors". Many of these dogs are not American dogs, but nonetheless represent a recognized color.  While most people prefer the Classic black, white and tan tri-color hound, that is not the only color these wonderful dogs come in and judges should remember that "No good hound can be a bad color".

Because of the many shades and patterns which occur in the Breed, this page is divided by basic Color:  Red & White, Tri-Color, Dilutes and The Pieds.

For more technical aspects of Coat Color in Beagles, click HERE.


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