Blue Tick Beagle breed color variation information (with pictures)

The Blue Tick Beagle is a rare and unique Beagle color variation. There is no difference between this Beagle and the standard Beagle apart from the “Bluetick” coloration. This tick coloration comes from their speckled grey/black on a white and black base coat color.

The Blue Tick Beagle alert and pleasant making him a great hunting companion and is also a great family dog.

He is a great dog for a first-time dog owner mainly due to his friendly and gentle personality. They can also make detection dogs due to their strong smell senses.

There is so much to learn about this blue ticked dog, most of which we are going to cover in this dog breed variation guide.

So, stick with us as we explore all that the Blue Tick Beagle has to offer.

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Blue tick Beagle

About the Blue Tick Beagle

What sets this canine apart from his cousins is his blue coat coloration which is more of a “camo-like” appearance.

Contrary to what many dog lovers belive, the Blue Tick Beagle is not a separate breed. This pooch belongs to the Beagle hound group but has a different coat color.

They were bred to be hunters with a great sense of smell that helps them track smaller animals such as rabbits. Their great sense of smell has made these dogs incredibly good at tracking prey and has also helped them to be employed as detection dogs.

These dogs always look for a chance to snuggle with their owners, giving them endless love. They love to make new friends and are easy to exercise and care for.

They are also pack animals that are known for the gentle and loveable demeanor.

You should also not confuse this incredibly good looking dog for the blue tick Coonhound, or vice. These dogs are not related by any means.

Beagle history

This dog was bred to be a hunter for horsemen back in the 1830s in England. He was great at the “Beagling” sport which involved the hunting of hare which is a large type of rabbit.

Phillip Honeymoon, a reverend, established the 1st Beagle pack in England.

It is believed this pack has a mix of North County Beagles and Southern Hounds.

In the 1940s, the Beagle was imported to the US.

Breeding of the Blue Tick Beagle began in the 1870s and this color variation was accepted by the AKC in 1885.

Blue tick dog Beagle

Breed and pedigree recognition

This breed is recognized by;

  • The United Kennel Club
  • Canadian Kennel Club
  • American Kennel Club

These clubs recognize the Blue Tick Beagle as a Beagle color variety.

There are also the Beagle Club and The National Beagle Club of American that are the official Beagle clubs.

3 Beagle fun facts

  1. These dogs have 3 types of barks which include the half-baying howl, the baying howl, and the typical Beagle bark.
  2. They always have tails that have white tips a feature that allowed hunters to spot them even when they were hunting in areas with long grass.
  3. Queen Elizabeth the 1st was a huge fan of this dog.

Pros and cons of the Blue ticked Beagle


✓ These canines are great for apartment living.

✔ They are affectionate and friendly to everyone.

✓ The Blue Tick Beagle has an adorable appearance.

✔ This pooch gets along well with other dogs.

✓ Grooming this dog is easy.


✗ They are prone to barking loudly and howling.

✘ These dogs tend to nip, especially during play.

✗ They are prone to suffering from separation anxiety when left alone.

Characteristics and appearance of the Blue Tick Beagle

Blue Tick Beagle summary table
Height 12-15 inches
Weight Males: 22-30 pounds, Females: 20-23 pounds
Lifespan 12 to 15 years 
Breed Type Hound
Purpose Hunting and companionship
Suitable For Novice and active families
Grooming requirements Low
Color Variations Blue-ticks on chest and belly with black and tan markings on the head, back, and legs
Health concerns Cherry eye, epilepsy
Temperament Sociable, Easygoing, Playful, Devoted, Eager To Please, Loyal, Active, Intelligent, Stubborn, and Curious

Height and weight

The Beagle is is a medium-sized dog with an average height of between 12 and 15 inches. Females weigh between 20 and 23 pounds while their male counterparts weigh between  22 and 30 pounds.

Rabbit dog blue tick

The physical appearance

This hound is one of the cutest hound dogs with his large and hazel brown eyes.

They are known to use these cute eyes to get you to give them extra tasty treats. The Bluetick Beagle knows that these eyes are simply irresistible.

They are also known for their large floppy ears and square muzzles on their incredibly beautiful faces.

Their bodies are strong and sturdy with an athletic and muscular physique that allows them to stalk and catch their prey.

Coat appearance and shedding

The Bluetick Beagle has a silky, dense, and smooth coat with hair that grows straight with no curls or waves.

They have double coats that are short in length and are somewhat water-resistant.

Unfortunately, these dogs shed throughout the year which may increase when they are blowing out in spring and autumn.


You can easily identify these dogs by their typical tan and black markings on their legs and upper body.

The tick name comes from their speckled grey/black appearance other than having a fully white belly.

Their tails should also have white tips.

Other Beagle colors are;

Gray Brown White
Tan Red Lemon flecked
Cream Red tickled

A blue ticked beagle

Personality traits and Temperament of the Blue Tick Beagle

Traits Rating
exercise needs
Ease of care

These dogs may not have large bodies but their personalities make up for that.

They form strong bonds with their family members and love to curl up with the ones that they love. This dog is also very protective of his family.

However, because of how much they crave human attention and affection, they are susceptible to separation anxiety. You should, therefore, not leave this pooch alone for extended periods.

With that said, these canines are super friendly with everyone they meet. They seem like they are always searching for new friends and love to socialize with other animals and people alike.

And thanks to their intelligence, these dogs easily get bored and become mischievous. They dig a lot when bored and if you have a garden, they will often fill it with holes.

Unfortunately, they are known to have a loud bark and howl which should not be confused for excessive barking.

However, there are several ways you can keep the barking and howling in check by using some of the tips we lay out for you in this guide. 

You must make sure that this blue tick rabbit dog never gets bored by keeping him both physically and mentally stimulated.

Getting them interesting toys, especially chew toys can also help with that a lot.


Is the Blue Tick Beagle a good family dog?

The great personality and playful nature of the Blue Tick Beagle make him a great family dog. This dog loves children and can play with them for minutes on end.

However, this dog has a high prey drive and can be inclined to chase other small animals because of this.

You will need to train this dog to manage his high prey drive and you can visit this guide to learn exactly how you can do it.

Frequently asked questions

How can I keep my Bluetick Beagle quiet?

You can teach your Beagle the “quiet” command to stop him from barking. The best way to do this is by praising him and positive reinforcement training.

Does the Bluetick Beagle have blue eyes?

The Blue Tick Beagle rarely has blue eyes. This dog can only have blue eyes if both of the parents have a recessive gene for expression of the blue colored eyes.

At what age does a Blue Tick Beagle reach maturity?

Most Beagles take around 18 months to reach their full height and weight. At this age, they should be around 12 to 15 inches tall and should weigh between 20 and 30 pounds.

How long does a Blue Tick Beagle Live?

12 to 15 years

Blue Tick Beagle puppies

Litter size:

This dog can have a litter with around 5 puppies on average, but in some cases, the litter may be as small as 1 puppy and as high as 10 puppies.

These puppies can take between 12 and 18 months to reach maturity.

Below is a Bluetick Beagle growth chart;

Age in months Weight (pounds)
3 9 to 12
6 12 to 14
9 16 to 19
12 18 to 23


The average price for a Blue Tick Beagle puppy is between $500 and $1000.

For higher pedigrees and superior lines, the coat can go as high as $2500 for a single pup. The breeder and the location where you get the puppy will also affect the final price.


Grooming needs

The Blue Tick rabbit dog is a low maintenance dog as far as grooming is concerned.

Brushing the coat weekly will keep it silky and smooth.

You can use a hound glove or a rubber mitt to remove loose and excess hair which will help minimize shedding. The brushing frequency will need to increase with an increase in shedding.

As we mentioned before, the Bluetick Beagle has long floppy ears that easily accumulate wax and will need to be checked and cleaned weekly to minimize any risk of infections.

The nails will also need to be trimmed frequently to keep them short.

Dental hygiene is also crucial and you can achieve this by brushing the teeth daily to reduce tartar build-up.

Dietary and nutritional requirements

This canine may have a small body but he has a big appetite.

You will need to pay close attention to the diet and how much food you give him. Free feeding is not an option for this dog as he is known to tend to overeat when this is done.

This can be detrimental to their health causing bloat and even leading to obesity.

A general rule of thumb is to give this dog 25 calories for every pound that he weighs.

Blue Tick Beagle Daily Food Consumption
Calories 900
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Choosing the right food for this pooch should not be difficult but you should always make sure that you meet his nutritional needs.

The meals should be spread over 2 daily meals, once in the morning and one in the evening.

High-quality kibble is great for this dog. The more active the dog is the more kibble he will need.

Blue tick beagles

Blue Tick Beagle exercise needs

On average, this dog will need around 45 minutes of daily exercise.

You can do this by taking him for daily walks with a leash on because of his strong sense of smell and prey drive.

Learn how you can leash train your dog.

Recall training can also come in handy when you take this dog for walks in case he wanders off chasing after things he may consider more interesting at that moment. Due to their alertness, they are often swayed away by smaller animals and other moving objects.

Playtime in an enclosed area can also be a great way to make sure that this dog gets his daily exercise quota.

Number of walks 1 to 2(15 minutes each)

How to train this dog

This a smart and highly trainable dog.

However, this does not always mean that he is easy to train as he can sometimes have a stubborn streak.

He also easily loses interest in what you are teaching him. You should always train him when he is in the right mood and keep the training sessions as short as possible(10 minutes max per session).

Also, be consistent and patient with this dog’s training ensuring that you have a lot of treats and praise him a lot.

The Bluetick Beagle is a sensitive canine and raising your voice will only make him more difficult to train. This can also ruin the bond that you may have with him.

Exercise patience and reward him for good behavior avoiding punishment by all means.


Known health concerns

Unfortunately, this dog is prone to several health issues and you should make sure that you choose a good and reputable breeder carefully.

Some of the most common health issues with this dog are;

  • Cherry eye
  • Epilepsy

Breed summary

The Bluetick Beagle is an endearing and beautiful version of the much loved Beagle dog that will always put a smile on your face making sure that you do not have any dull moment.

He is great for apartment living as long as you meet his mental and physical stimulation needs.

You should be aware of the incredibly strong-smelling senses that can easily lead them astray.

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