Other than their lemon hued appearance, which is attributed to their lack of pigmentation on their bodies, they share the common characteristics of any other modern-day beagle. The lemon reference is simply referencing their shading.
As a matter of fact, a purebred beagle does not have the gene for to be one solid color. Instead, all beagles have “hound coloring”, which simply means they always have at least two colors in their coat. Cool, right?
Furthermore, there is also one recognized marking referred to as “ticking”, which is the tiny spots on their legs and underside of the beagle.
On a lemon beagle, this marking may give them an appearance of desperately needed bath, if you’re not familiar with it.
And just to be clear, Lemon beagles are not considered to be albino either.
History Of A Lemon Beagle
The origin of the word “beagle” is not quite known. However, there are some ideas to where it may have been derived from. They are:
Beuguele, the French word meaning: open throat.
Beugler, the French word meaning: to bellow.
Beag, the Old English word meaning: diminutive.
Begele, the German word meaning: to scold.
Their history is partially clouded by the fact that they really didn’t develop into their modern day versions until the 19th century.
During the mid-1800s, Reverend Phillip Honeywood confirmed a pack of Beagles in Essex, England. He bred them for the sole purpose of hunting, not for their overall appearance. They are now considered to be the ancestors to the modern-day Beagle. Another Englishman, Thomas Johnson, is credited with breeding Beagles that were both exceptional hunters and aesthetically appealing.
While this was occurring, American breeders began importing Beagles from England to further improve the breed’s aesthetics. Most of the English imports were bred to an average height of 15 to 17 inches, at the shoulder so they could effectively hunt fox. Those measurements are representative of the two common sizes of Beagles today.
Temperament Of A Lemon Beagle
As is with any beagle, they are typically kind, sweet, and quirky. They will make you laugh, and they will make you cry at times with their aberrant behavior. However, Beagle owners tend to be quick thinkers, and know they have to be one step ahead of their beloved pup at all times.
Lemon beagles will greatly benefit from early socialization — exposing them to different experiences, people, sights and sounds — while they are still young. Just make sure you do it safely. Please keep them on a leash, if it’s required or warranted.