Varieties: There shall be two varieties: Thirteen Inch, which shall be for hounds not exceeding 13 inches in height. Fifteen Inch, which shall be for hounds over 13 but not exceeding 15 inches in height.
Disqualification: Any hound measuring more than 15 inches shall be disqualified.
Height is the only disqualification in the Beagle Standard and thus proper importance should be placed on it. The division into two sizes should be just that, the 13” should be a smaller replica of the 15”. And both should be smaller proportionate versions of the English Foxhound. The Beagle was always bred in a range of sizes in the United States due to the differences in terrain, groundcover and quarry, and the personal preference of the huntsman. When competing in field trials and pack meets, the smaller hounds were at a disadvantage and as a result, the two varieties were established to allow for a more level playing field when competing. In the ring there is no other preference to size, including variations of height within a variety.
The height of a Beagle can be very deceiving, dependent on shoulder placement. If a hound has poor shoulder angulation, it’s possible that the highest point over the shoulder blades could reach up into the neck. A Beagle with good shoulders can actually be a considerably overall larger hound and still measure within the limits of 13 or 15 inches. Judges are encouraged to measure as part of their routine examination of the Beagle.