The Beagle-Harrier is a medium-sized, robust, vigorous hunting dog, with both balanced and noble gaits. It leans on strong and perfectly upright limbs.
The Beagle-Harrier has an appearance reminiscent of the Beagle but in larger proportions. It is distinguished by its greater speed.
History of the breed
As its name suggests, the Beagle-Harrier is the result of the cross between the Beagle and the Harrier. The first attempts at crossing began in the 18th century, but it was not until the following century that they proved to be satisfactory thanks to the hard work of Baron Gérard Grandin de l’Eprevier.
It is, in fact, to him that we attribute the “paternity” of the Beagle-Harrier as we know it today. The 2 breeds which made it possible to obtain it are of British origin, but that of the Beagle-Harrier was indeed developed in France.
The initial aim of these crosses was to fashion a hunting dog that had the qualities of the Beagle while being taller and faster so that it could follow the galloping horse during the hunt
- Its hair: quite short, of good thickness and lying flat.
- Its color: fawn with a black and white coat (tricolor), with more or less bright tan markings.
- Its head: long, moderately strong, with a not marked stop. The skull is quite large and voluminous, with very little occipital protuberance.
- Its ears: short, moderately large, set at the level of the eye line, descend flat along with the skull and end in a slight oval.
- Its eyes: dark, wide-open, displaying an expression of liveliness, intelligence, and determination.
- Its body: neck at the same time clear and well attached to the shoulders, short and muscular back, strong and muscular loins, chest well let down without being too flat, belly never very turned up.
- Its tail: medium size, carried high when the dog is in action.
Behavior With Others
The Beagle-Harrier is an alert dog and animated by a remarkable enthusiasm. Intelligent, affectionate, and loyal, It’s very attached to It master whom It will always be delighted to accompany at home and when hunting, It favorite area.
The Beagle-Harrier is above all a scent hound that tirelessly pursues both small and large game.
It also shows great curiosity and a fairly pronounced sense of play, which makes It a very good companion for children with whom It gets along wonderfully.
The Beagle-Harrier also coexists very well with its congeners; It’s also often called upon to work in a pack during hunting parties.
Education of the Beagle Harrier
Although It can occasionally be a little stubborn, the intelligence and dedication of the Beagle-Harrier works in Its favor during its education.
This one is not particularly difficult as the dog learns quite quickly through play and rewards.
Naturally close to Its fellows, It must however be properly socialized like all other dogs so that life in a group and within the family goes smoothly
Hunting and evolving in the open air are obvious to It, the Beagle-Harrier is just as happy to experience precious moments indoors, within Its family.
It enjoys home life as long as It can get out and exercise enough.
These conditions allow It to adapt to city life.
Health & Maintenance
The Beagle-Harrier is a robust and resistant dog, which tolerates cold and heat quite well. However, It’s predisposed to certain diseases, including hip dysplasia and malocclusion (abnormal growth of teeth).
The life expectancy of a Beagle-Harrier is, on average, between 10 years and 12 years.
The Beagle-Harrier is a dog that requires very little maintenance. However, this must be regularly insured. Its coat, eyes, pads, and ears should be examined after exits for any debris.
It is advisable to brush the dog at least once a week.
The Beagle-Harrier does not necessarily need baths unless it has become excessively dirty.
The Beagle-Harrier was born for hunting and racing. It cannot be satisfied with simple outings of short duration.
It needs long daily walks, 2 times a day minimum. Exercises and games to stimulate It physically and mentally are also recommended.