The color of a beagle should be "any true hound colour" in the US, in most other countries it is "any true hound color" except liver because of the light yellow eyes that go with the color. The tip of stern has to be white. The "classic" beagle is the tricolor black-tan-white, and when the German Beagle Club started the people that wanted to buy a puppy only knew the tricolors.
We're glad to see a range of colors in the ring nowadays.
The extension of color could be all one color (apart from the white tip of tail). No breed apart from the other similarly marked packhounds allows such a range of colors and even without restricting it to special areas of the body.
The so called "blue mottled" is caused by a totally different gentic background. The blue effect is caused by spots of black hairs within the white coat. All the blue-fawn-whites in Germany go back to Graadtre's Hot Pursuit of Rossut.
The tan color of the dog will develop on the head, hind and foreleg as the dog gets older.
Some puppies show white hairs at the age of eight weeks. These hairs are only seen in a puppy coat.
The mottle color used to be the color of the pack hounds, these dog lacked the quality of a show beagle. Some British beagle breeders wanted to save the color and brought it into the show beagle scene. Well known for his mottles was Davis Nicolsen with his "Sabinhay"beagles. In Germany the first were bred by Ulla Christian, kennel "vom Kemnader See".
A mottled beagle has little spots of dark hair on the white areas of his coat. The white of a mottled is never a pure white but a pale cream. The mottled is called after the origin coat color, e.g. lemon-, tan- or red-mottled and blue-tan-white-mottled. There could be a misunderstanding, what is a blue mottled, the blue-tan-white-mottled or the blue-mottled shown earlier. You can tell a mottled puppy by the paws. Within the first week it will show the pigmentation of the paw starting on the edge of the paw, looking like rings later.
The gene for the color liver changes the black pigment (B) into brown (b). It is a recessive gene so it will never disappear completely. The liver (and also lilac) color is not allowed by the official beagle standard because of the light eyes that go with the coat color.
Autor: Dr. Kristin Schröder
Photos: V. Bradley UK, S. Parker UK, C. Linde-Forsberg S, J. Holmes US, I. Koch A,
U. Christian, A. Derscheid, S. Jarosch, Fam. Janowski, Fam. Rodorf, A.Schulz, S. Kipp, K. Sonntag