Breeds of dogs: Beagle Harrier

Breeds of dogs: Beagle Harrier

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Origin, classification and history

Origin: France.
F.C.I classification: Group 6 - hounds and dogs by blood trail.

Since the 18th century, crossings have taken place between the "English Beagle" and the "Harrier". Even this type of cross, like many others, was carried out by hunting enthusiasts, who, not being satisfied with the performance of the "Beagle", attempted to create a new type of dog, of larger size, which had the necessary characteristics for their hunting purposes. But it is said that the products of these crossings were not satisfactory. It was after some time that, in France, Baron Gérard Grandin de l'Eprevier managed to set the characteristics of this new breed and was also the first breeder to use a whole set of Beagle Harrier. For many fans, Baron Gérard is considered the creator of the breed. From the first intention of bringing together in one breed the olfactory characteristics and the predisposition to hunt the Beagle and a larger size, a breed was born which is widespread in France. Not widespread in Italy.

General aspect

Medium-sized dog, dolominocephalic mesomorphic. Classified as morphologically braccoid. It is a harmonious and well balanced dog. It is distinct but with substance. Well built breed, light and elegant. Its appearance is solid, energetic, quick and vigorous. It is lighter than the English Beagle, although larger in size. It is a typical light hunting dog.


He is a dog with inexhaustible energy and muscular explosiveness. Very resistant and rustic. It adapts very well to any weather and temperature. Faithful and loyal companion. It shows an incredible intelligence and a marked tendency to understand the commands of the owner. Very tonic and tireless walker dog. He feels comfortable in all types of terrain and wild places. It is advisable to use this breed in wetsuit for hunting and not solitary, because the yield is higher. If used properly, it is also suitable for being at home with the family.

Beagle Harrier (photo


Height: from 43 to 48 cm; 1 cm more tolerance is allowed for an excellent subject.

Trunk: chest well descended, sufficiently open, but not very narrow, which would reduce the rib cage too much. Sternum well prolonged back. The false ribs, without being too cylindrical, must however be long and circled enough to constitute a sufficient thoracic amplitude. Short, well-supported, muscular back. Strong kidney. Hips not too full however not very retracted. Also well detached, oblique and strong.
Head and muzzle: moderately strong with a rather broad and fairly broad skull. Occipital crest just marked, nasal cane rather straight, but never sheepskin. The stop is not very evident. The length of the muzzle is equal to that of the skull. Never square, but with a sharp profile, without however being pointed. The lips cover the lower jaw, without being hanging.
Truffle: black, well developed.
Teeth: complete in development and number.
Neck: loose, although well inserted in the shoulders, rounded in its upper part.
Ears: almost flat, medium long and wide, attached above the eye line. They are intermediate in shape between the rounded ear of the Beagle and the V-shaped ear of the Harrier.
Eyes: well open, dark in color and above all with frank, lively and intelligent expression.
Limbs: strong and perfectly front. In the hindquarters the thighs are well descended, flesh and well muscled. The hocks are close to the ground and well directed.
Pace: elastic, lively and safe.
Shoulder: long, oblique and muscular.
Musculature: rather developed throughout the body.
Tail: medium length, slightly spiked and carried cheerfully.
Hair: quite thick, not too short, flat.
Allowed colors: it is not an important aspect. Generally it is tricolor, with more or less lively markings, pale or carbonate. Since there are gray Harriers, the gray or white-gray tricolors should not be penalized.
Most common defects: scared appearance, heavy trope head, excess stop, ram nose, too short muzzle, crumpled ears, depigmented truffle, prognathism, enognatism, discolored eyelid edges, fall knotted, lack of teeth, monorchidism, cryptorchidism, incorrect movement.

curated by Vinattieri Federico -

Video: Beagle Harrier Dog breed (May 2022).