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The Beagle-Harrier is a breed of hunting scent hound. It originated in France over a century ago and is rarely seen outside of the Republic. The Beagle-Harrier has the appearance of both a large Beagle and small Harrier, and is thought to be directly descended from both. This is a dog of medium proportions with an intelligent expression and distinguished movement.
Key facts about the Beagle Harrier
Origins and history
The Beagle and the Harrier are ancient breeds. As individual breeds, both lineages date back to the Middle Ages. It is believed the Beagle-Harrier came about in the late 1800s when some of the French nobility demanded a hunting dog with the physique of the Harrier and the hunting ability of the Beagle.
FCI breed nomenclature
Group 6 - Scent hounds and related breeds
Section 1 : Scent hounds
Physical characteristics of the Beagle Harrier
Female : Between 18 and 20 in
Male : Between 18 and 20 in
Female : Between 40 and 44 lb
Male : Between 40 and 44 lb
This dog is usually seen of fawn, black and white; sometimes seen of tan and black.
Type of coat
Thick, flat, short and shiny.
A well-proportioned and muscular dog is the Beagle-Harrier, which are physical attributes more common to the Harrier than the Beagle. Its head is long and slim, and its muzzle tends to be tapered towards the nose. Ears are short and fairly broad hanging flat against the cheek.
Good to know
Early socialisation of the Beagle-Harrier will dampen the dog’s natural instinct to chase and kill smaller animals. However, even socialisation and training cannot eradicate the instinct of what is essentially a pack hunter. To have other non-canines sharing the house with a Beagle-Harrier will not do.
A loving, loyal and affectionate dog is the Beagle-Harrier, despite its hunting heritage. The well-adjusted dog does not tend to be aggressive.
A dog that is playful but very easily distracted; the Beagle-Harrier will bore easily.
Beagle-Harriers are not the calmest of dogs. However, they can be made less anxious and lonely if brought up with another dog of the same breed.
This dog is intelligent but it easily loses focus; sounds, scents and noises are all of extreme interest to the Beagle-Harrier.
The Beagle-Harrier was originally bred to hunt. It has an exceptionally high prey drive.
Fearful / wary of strangers
The Beagle-Harrier enjoys meeting new people. Household visitors need have no concerns about meeting this dog for the first time.
The Beagle-Harrier is independent. Although it easily learns commands, the dog tends to decide from day to day whether or not its owner should be obeyed.
Behaviour of the Beagle Harrier
This dog tolerates some short periods of solitude.
Easy to train / obedience
Beagle-Harriers are notoriously difficult to train due to their having a short attention span. They are tempted back to class with treats but they will only endure so much tuition before slinking off again to chase scents.
This dog barks to excess; it may also howl. It is not seen to tire of barking.