The lemon and white Beagle puppy is rising in popularity. And why wouldn’t they? This beautiful warm colored puppy is sure to brighten your day and put a smile on your face.
Every time I see or look at a lemon Beagle, even on a cold winter day, I cannot help but think of warmth and sunshine.
Although this brightly colored dog is dazzling to look at, have you ever wondered how a lemon Beagle puppy might come by its color?
In this blog post, I will go through the genes that are responsible for providing us with this rare beauty.
But before I get to the genetic breakdown of the lemon and white Beagle puppy. Let me answer a few questions about this Beagle.
Questions and Answers about a Lemon Beagle Puppy.
Are lemon Beagles considered a purebred Beagle?
Yes, the lemon colored Beagle is a purebred. They are one of the many colors that is recognized by akc as a purbred beagle.
How tall do they get?
There are two sets of standards when it comes to Beagles height. The first standard is those that stand under 13 inches at the shoulder. The second standard is those between 13 and 15 inches at the shoulder.
A lemon Beagle puppy will fall under these two standards.
Do they shed?
Beagles have a short thin smooth coat, but yes they do shed. I would say that the shedding is moderate.
Are Lemon Beagles considered rare?
A difficult question to answer because the term “rare” can have different meanings for each of us.
A lemon and white Beagle puppy is rarer then your standard classic tri-color Beagle, however I would not classify them as the rarest Beagle out there.
Are lemon Beagles the same as a lemon and white Beagle?
Yes and no, both carry the same genetic makeup, however they can look very different.
A quick google search of lemon Beagles will show you the difference between the two.
A lemon Beagle tends to be all yellow expect for a few white patches mostly found on the underside of the dog.
A lemon and white Beagle puppy will be mostly white with a few patches of lemon scattered throughout their fur.
Both types are considered lemons and both are beautiful dogs. It mainly comes down to personal preference.
Does Jacobson Kennel sale Lemon Beagle Puppies?
Currently I have two females that are carriers of the lemon gene. They both are capable of producing a lemon Beagle puppy.
In order to get a lemon Beagle I would have to breed them to a lemon Beagle stud. I currently do not have a lemon Beagle stud, so I would have to make arrangement for this breed to happen.
Lemon Beagles and the E-Locus Gene.
When it comes to a lemon Beagle puppy, the gene that we are most interested in is the E-Locus gene.
Like most genes, the E-Locus has a dominate and a recessive gene. The dominate gene is represented by a capital “E”. The recessive gene is represented by a lowercase “e”.
The E-Locus gene, is the gene that determines if a Beagle will produce black or brown hair. If a Beagle inherits just one dominate E-Locus gene then their coat will either be black or brown.
When it comes to a lemon Beagle puppy, you do not want the dominate E. Instead you want the beagle to have two copies of the recessive e gene.
Two recessive e’s is what gives a Beagle that warm yellow and white lemon fur that we are looking for.
All Beagles when they mate, will pass on one copy of their genetics to their offspring. The puppy will inherit one of it’s genes from the mother and the other from the father, given them each two copies of the gene.
In order to get a lemon Beagle puppy, you have to breed two lemons Beagles together. Or at the very least, you have to breed two Beagles that are carriers of the recessive e gene.
The following pictures will hopefully help illustrate what I am trying to say.
The above images once again reinforce the dominate and recessive gene of the E-locus. As shown in the images, there are three possibilities combinations. These combinations are:
- Dominate/Dominate “EE” – Resulting in a Non-Lemon
- Dominate/Recessive “Ee” – Resulting in a Non-Lemon
- Recessive/Recessive “ee” – Resulting in a Lemon
Only the combination of recessive/recessive can produce a lemon and white Beagle puppy.
Different Ways of Getting a Lemon Beagle.
The figure below shows that chances of getting a lemon from two tri colors that are carries of the recessive e-gene.
From the above image, you can see that there is a 1 in 4 chance of two Beagles that are carriers of the lemon gene, to produce a lemon puppy.
There is a 1 in 2 chance, that the puppies will be a carrier of the lemon gene and a 1 in 4 chance that they wont be a carrier.
The image below will show the results of breeding two lemons Beagles together.
Since lemons are recessive/recessive at the E-locus level, a recessive gene is all they can give to their offspring.
Both genes from both parents will match-up, resulting in an 100% outcome of getting a lemon and white Beagle puppy.
The last match-up is a lemon Beagle with a Beagle that is a carrier of the recessive e gene.
The results are that your have a 1 in 2 chance at getting a lemon and white Beagle puppy.
However it is important to note, that even the non-lemon puppies will be carriers of the lemon gene.
Different Shades of Lemon Beagles.
Beagles with two copies of the recessive e genes do not produce dark hairs at all. Their hair will be “red” instead.
The shade of red, range in color, from a deep copper to yellow/gold to cream.
The shade of a lemon Beagle puppy, is dependent on other genetic factors including the Intensity loci.
However when it come to the intensity loci, there is still many unknown factors.
Here is a quote from Paw Print Genetics:
“Dogs with I/I and I/i genotypes typically have an unmodified (yellow to red) phaeomelanin pigment. Dogs with an i/i genotype typically have a less intense, cream or white phaeomelanin pigment.
However, there are other, unknown genes that influence the final shade of phaeomelanin; genes responsible for the red shade of phaeomelanin are still unknown.”
Although there is still lots of unknowns, here is some advice when picking a lemon Beagle puppy.
The more “white” a Beagle puppy appears at birth, the greater the chance that their final color will be yellow or cream.
If a puppy has noticeable lemon markings at birth, the greater the chance that their final color will be more of a red.
So keep that in mind as you are looking for a lemon Beagle puppy.
Two Different Recessive Genes in a Single Beagle.
We have already discussed that it takes two recessive E-locus gene to get a lemon Beagle. But did you know that there are other recessive genes that produce different colored Beagle puppies as well?
Their is the B-locus gene and the D-locus gene. Beagles that inherits two recessive B genes, will be brown in color. Beagles that inherits two recessive D genes will be silver in color.
If you want a more in depth guide of these two colored beagle check out my post titled: Brown Beagle Puppies! A Genetic Breakdown.
Or the post for the silver Beagle titled: Silver Beagle Puppies. About these Rare Beauties!
So can a lemon Beagle puppy inherit two different recessive genes beside E-locus?
The answer is yes. A Beagle can in fact inherit multiple recessive genes. So genetically a Beagle can be recessive/recessive at the B gene or D gene and also be recessive/recessive at the E gene.
What will the puppy look like? The Beagle puppy will still look lemon and white.
Simply put, the E-locus is dominate over both the B-locus and D-Locus. Since it is the dominate gene, it is the gene that will show though.
However their are some small differences that are noticeable. For instance a lemon Beagle that is “bb” at the B-locus level, will have a brown nose instead of black.
The nose may also be different for a lemon Beagle that is “dd” at the D-locus level. Though not as noticeable as the brown nose, their nose will be a pale to off black at best.
So if you see a lemon Beagle with a jet back nose, it most likely does not carry any other recessive genes. If however their nose is brown or off color, chances are they are carriers of other recessive genes.
There are other genes that a lemon Beagle puppy may have but never show. The gene that comes to mind is the roaning gene.
The roaning gene is the gene that is responsible for producing a blue tick Beagle.
If a lemon Beagle puppy has the roaning gene, it will never show sings of it. The white on a lemon Beagle is not affected by the roaning gene.
So in short you will never fine a lemon Beagle that is patterned after a blue tick Beagle. Genetically speaking, it is not possible.
Wrapping up the Lemon Beagle Puppy!
The lemon Beagle puppy, is a warm colored Beagle. Their bright yellow and white color will surly brighten your day.
When it comes to genetics a lemon Beagle inherits two copies of the recessive E-Locus gene. This gene is responsible for giving them their yellow and white fur.
Lemon Beagles comes in many different shades and sizes. Picking the right lemon greatly depends on your own personal preferences.
Always do your research and homework when it comes to getting a lemon Beagle puppy.