Blue Tick Beagle
A Blue Tick Beagle is a rare color variety of the breed, but it doesn’t mean that ticked or mottled dogs are more valuable than dogs with common colors. Since working abilities, hunting instincts, or friendly personality of the Beagle are more important than the coat color, these dogs are not normally selected for a specific coloring. Beagles normally come in typical hound colors and patterns: combinations of white, black, tan, red, lemon, and brownish. Beagles cannot have solid coloration; they are normally tri-colored or bi-colored with predominant white.
Actually, a ticked coat pattern means a solid color with different colored flecks. A blue-mottled or blue tick Beagle has spots of a midnight-blue against the white background. It’s often impossible to foresee the future coat color of the dog when you see a puppy aged 2-3 months. Tricolor dogs of this breed can also have blue, black, or brownish ticking in the white areas. Many Beagles change their coat color as they grow. For instance, brownish colors may take up to a year to fully develop. Black and white puppies may grow into tri-colored dogs.
When buying a purebred Beagle, you shouldn’t be interested in the coat color of the dog, because the breeder may think that you are ignorant about the breed’s personality and abilities. The only case when the coat color and pattern of the Beagle is important is buying a hunting dog for drag hunting in a pack. All Beagles in a large pack should look alike. Keeping a pack of Beagles is a great commitment of time and money, but it’s a matter of prestige for many British public schools that traditionally maintain large Beagle packs. If you buy a Beagle for the role of a family companion, its coat color doesn’t matter much.
Though it’s impossible to determine the future coat color of the Beagle puppy, investigating its pedigree can help. If at least one of the puppy’s ancestors had Blue Ticks, there is a chance that it will be born ticked or will develop ticking later in life. A Blue Tick Beagle puppy is likely to come from ticked parents.