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.
Beagle Harrier Pictures
|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|
Video: Feeding and Training Beagle Harrier Mixes
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.
Temperament and Behavior
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.
As hunting dogs, they are in need of lots of activities and exercises so as to burn down their calories. Take them out for vigorous activities, including daily jogging and walking sessions. It is preferable if you have an enclosed area with high fences, where your dog can play on its own, or have a fun time with its loved ones.
Vigorous grooming is not required. Its short coat only needs a couple of simple brushing every week to ensure that the dead hairs are cleaned. Also, keep the ears dry and clean, since their loose, hanging ears are prone to catch infections easily.
A very healthy breed in general, except for hip dysplasia, which might cause a serious issue.
- Teach your dog different exercise tricks to keep it engaged. You can try army crawl. This one is a handy skill for hunting dogs that are full of energy and love (and of course, need) activities. First command your dog to lie down, and hold a treat in front of its mouth so as to let it smell and lick but not snatch it away. Gradually start dragging the treat along the floor so that your dog follows it. Do this up to a few feet initially. As your dog succeeds, give it the treat and praise it. But if it stands up to get the treat, take it away immediately and begin the process afresh. Keep repeating the whole game, and increase the distance gradually. This will not merely be a good exercise, but also be a matter of fun to your pet.
- To keep possibilities of getting bored at home and developing destructive behaviors at bay, socialize your dog and help it mix with new people, as well as get accustomed to new surroundings. Take your Beagle Harrier to any place where there is no ‘no dogs allowed’ sign, like parks, fairs, farmer’s markets, lakes, beaches, hiking paths, outdoor malls, flea markets, pet supply stores, a walk through your downtown area on the sideways.
- Teach your dog to accept leash right from puppyhood. It should learn to understand that, only fenced areas, or its own house, are the acceptable place where it can run around leash-free.
A regular diet is recommended for dogs of its size and energy levels.