Beginning in the 18th century, beagle and harrier breeders crossbred with the goal of producing a larger beagle that would be able to follow the horse while hunting. As a result, a century later, the Beagle Harrier appeared. Despite the relatively short history of existence, this breed has already managed to show that it is not inferior to its relatives either in exterior or in working qualities. This is a breed of strong and muscular hunting dogs with short coarse coats. A hardy hound that usually hunts in packs. Fast, brave, and smart, she is able to hunt both rabbit and fox, as well as deer.
- Country of origin: France
- The size: Average
- Growth: 45–50 cm
- The weight: up to 20 kg
- Age: 12–15 years old
- FCI breed group: Hounds and related breeds
- Friendly, sociable, and active;
- Often shows impatience and stubbornness;
- Lover to bark.
They are very affectionate, sociable, and friendly dogs. They are very energetic and love to play. With proper socialization, they get along great with other dogs and are great for families with children. The Beagle Harrier is very attached to his family and does not tolerate loneliness. In some cases, the dog may howl incessantly until one of the owners arrives.
The excessive friendliness of the Harrier Beagle also has negative sides, as the dog is too trusting even to completely unfamiliar people. This makes it absolutely unsuitable for home or territory protection.
City dwellers should be aware that the Harrier Beagle has a very loud voice and loves to talk. These dogs require a lot of physical activity, the lack of which can only aggravate the situation with barking and make the dog uncontrollable.
The Beagle Harrier is a hunting breed, so you shouldn’t let him off the leash when walking. He may succumb to instinct and begin to follow any smell.
Dogs of this breed are difficult to train and train. However, never use brute force. Motivation can help because if the beagle harrier does not see the point in doing something, he will never do it. Such stubbornness is associated with the independence that was required of this breed during the hunt. The dog had to decide for itself where to drive the prey and how best to pursue it.
The coat of the Harrier Beagle does not usually require complex grooming. It needs to be brushed two to three times a week with a wide-toothed brush to remove dead hair. Due to the fact that the hair of these dogs releases special oils that protect the skin and coat of the animal from pollution, it is worth resorting to shampoo only when it gets dirty with something. Rare washing, however, will not bring unpleasant emotions to the owner, since the Beagle Harrier belongs to the group of dog breeds that have practically no smell.
It is important to monitor the condition of your pet’s ears, as those with floppy ears are at risk of developing ear infections. Do not forget about the timely cutting of claws and brushing your teeth.
The Beagle Harrier loves to eat well and eats a lot, but is prone to obesity, so it is necessary to monitor its weight and diet. Also, representatives of the breed may suffer from allergies, hip and elbow dysplasia, and intervertebral hernias.
Conditions of detention
If you live in an apartment, then you should remember that the Beagle Harrier is a rather noisy breed. In order to control your pet’s barking, you will have to work hard to train your dog and satisfy his need for physical activity. On average, a Beagle Harrier needs about an hour of active activities per day or 30 km of walks per week.
Since these dogs love entertainment, you can try to diversify walks with various games. Also, the Harrier Beagle will like it very much if you can use not only his physical strength but also his mind. For example, you can start teaching him to search for objects by smell.