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The Blue Tick Beagle and Beagle Colors

Saturday, October 15, 2011 @ 10:10 AM  posted by Mr.Ekachai

The most common Beagle color is the tricolor, or dogs that have white with black and light brown on them, but Beagles can come in many hound colors. The blue tick Beagle is one of the less well-known Beagle colors.

Beagle Colors

Beagles come in many colors but the color most often seen is the tricolor. This color usually consists of a dog with a black saddle, where the black covers the back in a saddle pattern, and light brown covers other upper parts of the dog’s body. White is splashed over the legs and chest. However there are other types of tricolors found in Beagles such as dark tricolors. In this case the the light brown color can be mixed with the black markings. There is also a faded tricolor. With these dogs a few black hairs are mixed in with the light brown color. In some cases dogs that are tricolor can have a pied pattern. These dogs are mostly white with some patches of black and brown color. Most tricolor Beagles are born white with black. Some of the areas with black may start changing to brown as the puppy starts getting older. It can take up to two years for a Beagle’s brown color to become fully apparent. In some cases a Beagle can change color during the course of their lives. Some dogs entirely lose their black coloring.

Other Color Patterns

Beagles come in other color patterns besides tricolor. Beagles that have two colors feature a base color that is white with parts of their body that are the second color. The most common of these other colors are the tan and white Beagles but there are lots of others such as the lemon and white Beagle, which is a very light tan color. There is also a red and white Beagle which is almost orange in color. Beagles also come in liver and white and black and white. LIver and white dogs are not seen very often. The liver color is unacceptable in some countries’ breed standards and liver and white dogs usually have yellow eyes.

Ticking

Some Beagles are ticked or flecked with color. These dogs are usually black and white with dark ticking. This is called a blue ticked Beagle. The specks look like the same kind of ticking that appears on a Blue Tick Coonhound or some other hound breeds. Tricolor Beagles can also have this kind of ticking. The ticking appears in the dog’s white hairs. It’s possible for the dogs to have orange ticking, too.

Which Beagle Is Best?

All of these Beagle colors can appear in different litters, depending on the colors of the parents. They are all the same breed of dog with the same temperament, same health issues, same good things and bad things about them. The blue tick Beagle is no different than his tricolor or tan and white littermates. A dog that is a blue tick Beagle should not cost any more or less than other Beagles.

Conclusion

Beagles come in lots of colors though the most common is the tricolor. The blue tick Beagle is another color pattern for the Beagle and it can be found in the same litters as dogs with other colors.

What You Should Know About Your Beagle Basset Hound Mix

Thursday, October 13, 2011 @ 11:10 AM  posted by Mr.Ekachai

The Beagle Basset Hound mix is a hybrid dog and not a pure breed. Beagles and Basset Hounds are both members of the Hound group, historically, and they have similar functions. These breeds even have some similarities in appearance, though the Basset Hound is much lower to the ground, with shorter legs and a longer back. When these two breeds are crossed they should produce puppies that still have similar hunting instincts as their parents, though they may have shorter legs like their Basset Hound parent, and they can have a longer back. They may have a face that looks more like a Beagle.

Beagles and Basset Hounds

Beagles and Basset Hounds are both old breeds that originated. The Beagle is believed to have originated in England and the Basset Hound in France They may have had some common ancestors at some point in time, hundreds of years ago. Bassets were used by hunters who wanted to hunt on foot and keep up with the dog, so the dog needed to work at a slower pace.

Beagle-type dogs date back to around the 1500s in England and they became particularly popular when foxhunting was developed in the 18th century. Some authorities claim that small hunting dogs of this type date back much earlier. Foxhounds were developed by crossing Beagles with other dogs. Beagles as we know them today were developed in the 19th century. In the U.S. in the 19th century dogs called Beagles were similar to straight-legged Basset Hounds. These dogs were crossed with Beagles from England to produce the kind of Beagles we have today. So there have been some different types of Beagles in the past which relied on Basset-type dogs. People today still hunt rabbits and hare with their Beagles.

Both Beagles and Basset Hounds are gentle, sweet dogs and they make excellent family companions. Beagles are a little more frisky and outgoing. They are considered “merry” dogs with a cheerful temperament. Bassets are mild, calm dogs. Both breeds are good with children.

In size, the Beagle comes in two sizes. They can stand up to 13 inches tall at the shoulder, or up to 15 inches tall. They usually weigh around 25 pounds. The Basset Hound can stand up to 14 inches tall at the shoulder and they can weigh up to 50 pounds.

Both breeds have similar hound coloring: tri-color, red and white, lemon and white, black and tan. Basset Hounds are achondroplastic, meaning they are technically a dwarf breed because of their short legs.

Beagle Basset Hound Mix

If you are thinking of getting a Beagle Basset Hound mix then it’s hard to predict exactly how your puppy or dog will look. Because Beagles and Basset Hounds do share some genetic heritage your puppy will likely be a hound-type dog with a short, smooth coat and hound coloring. But he could look more like one parent than the other. Both breeds have long ears, so you can expect your dog to have them, too. Bassets sometimes have very long ears which can have ear infections, so you will need to keep your dog’s ears cleaned regularly.

You can probably expect your Beagle Basset Hound mix to be a sweet, gentle, playful dog. With such a strong hunting heritage you should make sure you have a secure fence to keep in contained. Beagles and Bassets are hunting dogs and they will follow where their nose leads them, even if that means digging their way out of your yard. When you walk your dog, make sure you are holding your leash tightly. These dogs can take off running if a squirrel or rabbit crosses their path, and they won’t come back when you call them if they are off hunting.

Both of these breeds shed a lot so you will need to brush them regularly and vacuum your house often to keep the dog hair to a minimum.

Health

Epilepsy, hypothyroidism, and some eye problems can occur in Beagles. These conditions could appear in the offspring of a Beagle. Bassets can be prone to these same problems, along with arthritis, hip and elbow dysplasia, and skin problems, so you may see these in their offspring.

Conclusion

The Beagle and the Basset Hound have many things in common so crossing these two breeds should produce puppies that are gentle, playful, and sweet. Make sure you have a good fenced yard to keep your dog contained and be careful when you’re walking your dog since dogs from this cross will chase prey.