The Beagle-Harrier is a cross breed developed from the Beagle and the Harrier breeds. This scent hound has a broad face, dark eyes, a black nose, and long, floppy ears, with its medium to large sturdy, muscular body resting upon four stout legs, while the tail is long and straight. To define more easily, they are either a smaller Harrier, or a larger Beagle, since they are virtually identical in characteristics to both parents, and essentially indistinguishable unless placed next to them.
|Also known as||Beagle Harrier|
|Coat||Average, smooth, thick,|
|Colors||Black, white, tan, fawn; tricolor|
|Type||Hunting dog, Hound, Scenthound|
|Group (of Breed)||Crossbreed|
|Life Span/Expectancy||12-13 years|
|Height (Size)||Large; 18-20 inches (adult)|
|Weight||Medium: 15-35 pounds
Big: 35-55 pounds
|Personality Traits||Loyal, Spirited, Calm, Determined|
|Good with Children||Yes|
|Good with Pets||Yes|
|Country of Origin||France|
|Competitive Registration/ Qualification Information||ACA, DRA|
It was in the 19th century that the Beagle Harrier was developed in France by one Baron Gerard. There is evidence that this breed evolved from the English scent hounds, which were imported to France. However, it is not clear whether they were a direct result of the cross between the Beagle and the Harrier, or were bred from dogs like the Southern Hounds that are already extinct, and are believed to have genetically contributed in developing the Harrier and the Beagle breeds.
In 1974, the Beagle Harrier was recognized by the FCI as well as CKC, and has been included in their group ‘Hound’. At present, this breed is pretty much rare in France, and rarer in other parts of the world.
The Beagle Harrier is a docile and well-mannered dog that cherishes the company of its owners and family members. They are also comfortable interacting with children and pets, including other dogs in the family, if socialized early.
Being a hound and a hunting dog, this breed is attracted to different kinds of smell, and might even escape if tantalized by a trail of scent. They display zeal and vigor when it comes to activities like hunting games, and can equally be loyal, calm and relaxed, with lots of determination, when at home. This makes them a good family pet. However, because of their zealous nature, they suit best in rural and suburbs than cities.
A regular diet is recommended for dogs of its size and energy levels.