We have all heard of Snoopy, the famous Beagle who is loved for his friendly, happy and loyal temperament.
But have you heard of a Lemon Beagle?
This lemon dog shares all the loveable traits of a regular Beagle but has a two toned tan-yellow coat!
The lemon color-variation has gained the attention of dog lovers worldwide.
But what else is there to know about this breed?
In this article, we will share with you everything you need to know about their beautiful appearance, history, personality and where you can find puppies…
What Is A Lemon Beagle?
The Lemon Beagle has a white and lemon coat and is often very rare to find.
This lemon dog is no different from any other Beagle. They are simply a different color variation.
It is believed that Beagle’s ancestors can be traced back to England. They were used as pack-hunters to hunt wild rabbits and to track Deer.
Because of their hunting abilities and loving personality they quickly became a hunter’s best friend and one of their best hunting tools. This dog was often preferred over other pack-hounds due to their small size.
This smaller size meant that they were easy to keep up with on foot.
After the Civil War, this dog made its way to the States.
Their popularity amongst American hunters increased very quickly due to their well-natured temperament and their scenting traits.
Kennel Club Recognition and Pedigree
In 1885, the Beagle was officially recognized by the American Kennel Club.
A dog named Blunder was the first Beagle to be registered with the club.
Today, this breed remains a popular hunting dog and they are even used as detection dogs in the “Beagle Brigade” of the United States Department of Agriculture.
Unfortunately, their growth in popularity led to them becoming the most used dog breed in Animal Testing.
Why We Love Lemon Beagles
- This loveable dog is renowned for their friendly, happy, gentle and well-natured character.
- They use howling as a form of communication.
- Keeping and caring for a Lemon Beagle is a very easy task. They don’t require much grooming or exercise and make great family dogs when socialized correctly.
- They are very rare as the lemon color variation is due to a recessive mutation.
- This breed is famous for their long droopy and rounded ears which help give them the typical hound dog appearance.
20 to 24 pounds
13 to 16 inches
$500 – $1,500
10 to 15 years
Lemon Beagle Puppy
The average litter size of a Lemon Beagle is approximately 6 puppies.
However, there is no way to tell how many of these puppies will be lemon colored as adults.
That is because they are born completely white. Their two toned tan-yellow coloration begins to appear within a few weeks and darkens with age.
The cost of a Lemon Beagle is one of the few things that does differ from their regular colored siblings. Due to their rarity, you may find these puppies are more expensive.
On average, you can expect to pay anywhere from $500 to $1,300 for a lemon beagle puppy.
When buying a puppy, do not forget to take into consideration the quality of the breeder. Good breeders are approachable, happy to answer questions, insist on home visits and a contract of sale.
Are Lemon Beagles Rare?
Yes. Because, there is no guarantee breeders will get a lemon puppy in their litter, they are very rare. The lemon color variation is due to a recessive mutation.
Lemon Beagle Color and Appearance
A Beagle dog does not come in one solid color, instead they come in two-tones or a tri color.
The color variations are limited by the breed standard to:
- Tan and white
- Red and white
- Orange and white
- Lemon and white (lemon beagle)
Regardless of their coat color, Beagles typically have a white-tipped tail. This makes it easier for hunters to find them when out in the bushes and is often known as a “white flag.”
This dog has a short, straight, dense and water-proof double coat. Their double coat aids in their ability to withstand the rain.
The Lemon Beagle’s coat is exactly the same as any of their siblings.
They are not heavy shedders although they do minimally shed year-round.
The Lemon Beagle is classified as a small hound dog. However, their larger than life personality makes up for their small size.
There is no size difference between this color and regular colored Beagles:
- Females weigh approximately 20 to 22lb.
- Males are slightly heavier at 22 to 24lb.
Typically, Lemon Beagles stand at 13 to 16 inches in height.
Females are slightly shorter than males. In addition there is a pocket beagle variety that stands at under 13 inches.
Recognizing a beagle is often not difficult due to their popularity. A small sized breed that has a slightly muscular and well-built appearance is the best way to describe this dog.
A Lemon Beagle has a square muzzle, a short back, and a jaunty tail which you will often see wagging with delight.
The nose of the Lemon Beagle is usually darker in pigmentation.
Their legs are often shorter than their body.
This breed is famous for their long droopy and rounded ears which sit on the side of their head. Their ears help give them the typical hound dog appearance.
They have large round hazel to brown eyes.
Lemon Beagle Temperament
- Separation Anxiety
- Prey Drive
This dog is naturally very friendly and gentle. They tend to almost instantly get along with any companion they meet.
The Lemon Beagle’s temperament is no different from any regular colored sibling.
They are extremely playful when the time is right, but they can also be calm and happy to cuddle once they have released their energy for the day.
Naturally a very well-natured dog, it should not come as a surprise to see this dog portrayed as man’s best friend.
This is a puppy who loves being at the center of the family.
Their natural personality is to be friends with everyone. Overtly protective and aggressive behaviors are not very common in this breed.
Beagles are also not known to be attack dogs either.
But because they are capable of distinguishing between a threatening and non-threatening situation, this dog will still make a great watch dog.
Do Beagle Dogs Bark A Lot?
They are not known to be barkers, although they will let you know when someone is at the front door. They, instead, greatly prefer to howl.
In fact, their howling behavior is instinctual. As this dog was used for hunting, they used howling as a form of communication to let others know that they have picked up on a scent.
Howling is a trait which they have kept over time; Lemon Beagles too.
Excessive howling can sometimes be a sign of separation anxiety.
It is best not to leave your dog alone for prolonged periods of time. Socializing your dog and crate-training may help to reduce separation anxiety.
Are They Good Family Dogs?
Yes. The Lemon Beagle is compatible with many different families. You can expect them to get along well with every family member.
They are gentle, friendly, loyal, and happy.
Lemon Beagles are known for being a great family pet.
Sometimes their prey drive can complicate their relationship with other family pets. They do like to howl at and chase pets who share the same home.
This trait can be corrected when they are still puppies, but it will take time, early socialization-training, and patience.
Dog socialization is definitely an area of training that should be focused on with any Beagle because of their sociable nature.
Known Health Issues
The Lemon Beagle is predisposed to the same health issues any color of Beagle is.
Generally a very healthy breed they are known to live for between 12 to 15 years.
However, all dogs age differently based on many factors (e.g. diet, welfare, exercise and environment) and may face health problems in their lifetime. The most common being Patellar Luxation.
Patellar Luxation is common in smaller dogs and is therefore a health condition to be aware of.
It occurs when there is a misalignment and a dislocation of the puppy’s knee. This can occur due to trauma or genetic malformation.
You may see your dog with a raised leg in the air, although this may look cute it may be cause for medical attention.
Patellar Luxation can be painful and may cause lameness; it requires veterinarian treatment as soon as possible.
Care Guide (Grooming, Feeding & Exercise)
Caring for a Lemon Beagle is a very easy task. They are great family dogs when socialized and trained correctly.
Their playful and loving temperament makes them fun to be around all day long.
Here’s a little bit more information on how to care for them…
|Daily Food Consumption|
|Cups of Kibble|
The Lemon Beagle loves to hunt for food! Don’t be surprised if you catch them sneaking into your garbage or pantry for some extra food.
On average, this dog needs 600 to 720 calories per day. However, this amount will differ based on their current age and activity level.
All dogs require a diet high in protein, with essential fats, vitamins and minerals. Carbohydrates are not important in a dog’s diet.
We recommend feeding a high quality dry kibbled diet.
This will ensure that your dog’s nutritional requirements are more than adequately met whilst making feeding quick and easy.
You should feed your dog one to two times each day. We wouldn’t recommend free feeding with this breed. Splitting meals into breakfast and dinner will help your dog’s digestion so they don’t engulf their daily servings all in one go.
Treats are also an important part of their diet, especially when it comes to rewarding good behavior and training.
|Favorite Exercise||Short Runs|
The Lemon Beagle is a healthy and active breed of dog.
They love to go for walks, small runs, and are more than happy to play!
We recommend walking your dog daily. Without exercise and stimulation, dogs may become bored and lethargic.
Due to their small size, cardio sessions should be kept short and limited. However, play time in the yard is a fantastic way to burn off energy.
Leash training is a must for hound.
Remember, this breed has hunting instincts (i.e. prey drive) and they are very good at tracking scents. You may find your Beagle to be a little stubborn during re-call. They aren’t trying to be disobedient, they have just found a scent which may be more exciting than you.
This breed is not unintelligent. However, they are more independent than most dogs and very stubborn at times.
Because of this training sessions should be kept interesting and very short.
Longer training sessions may lead to disinterest and lack of attention.
Positive reinforcement training methods are the best type for dogs; be patient, praise and reward. Beagles are definitely people dogs so they will love seeing you pleased with their progress.
Lemon beagles are very sociable and friendly.
They crave the attention of you and other dogs, so socializing your puppy is very important. This is best done during their first three months of life.
Socializing is the act of introducing your dog to new people, places and things. This therefore is a great way to provide mental stimulation for your puppy.
Without proper socialization and mental stimulation your dog may become bored, destructive and disobedient. Mental stimulation can be provided through games and trick training. We recommend scenting and tracking games due to their hunting instincts.
Lemon Beagles do not require much grooming, they only require a good brush once each week.
They also do not require regular bathing.
In fact, excessive bathing can be bad for their skin and cause dermatitis. Bathing strips your dog’s coat of its natural oils. We therefore recommend bathing your every few months or as needed.
As the Lemon Beagle has drooped ears, it is important to check and clean their ears weekly. Drooping ears are prone to ear infections; the poor air circulation in their ears leads to unwanted debris build-up.
Brushing your dog’s teeth is always recommended, but not always practical!
Try brushing their teeth from a young age so your puppy can grow to get used to it. Otherwise use dental treats or chews.
The Beagle is a sociable dog that makes a great companion for other dogs or humans and a fantastic addition to any family
Due to their happy, gentle, and loyal demeanor they have won the hearts of dog lovers all over the world.
With very limited grooming and exercise needs, and a little patience with training (to combat their stubbornness), the Lemon Beagle can make a wonderful companion.
This beautiful lemon and white-colored fur is rare, but helps to add uniqueness to an already unique hunting hound.
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