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Beagle Harrier
The Beagle Harrier is readily recognized as a large Beagle.  No doubt this leads to its difficulty in being preserved and recognized in its own right.  This dog is NOT a cross of the Beagle and Harrier but rather the link between the development of those breeds dating back to antiquity.  Currently limited to the hunting packs of France (for the most part), the Beagle Harrier exhibits virtually all of the traits that make the Beagle so delightful in a somewhat larger package.  The same can be said of the Harrier, in only a larger package still.  While other breeds such as the Schnauzer have found success in three sizes, it always seems to be the middle size that has the lessor following.
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General Information
Group(s): HoundsScent Hound Height: 15-20 inches
Weight: 30-50 pounds Longevity: teens
Colors: tricolor, orange/white, yellow/white most common solid black and liver unaccepted Coat type: smooth
Recognized Registries: FCI
Overall Appearance: From a distance, the Beagle Harrier would have all the hallmarks of the better known Beagle and Harrier, from the impressive bone and structure and long ears to the attitude and expression. It is only upon closer inspection that the dog is clearly too small to be a Harrier and too large to be a Beagle.
Personaility - Behavior - Training
Energy Level: moderate
General Nature: very genial
  with Children: very good
  with other pets: generally good
  with dogs: very good
Socialization requirements: moderate
Ideal home characteristics: One that appreciates the challenges and charm of a Scenthound.
Temperament Notes: Very, VERY affable. The Scenthounds easily outrank all other breeds in tolerance and general temperament.
Training requirement: moderate; socialization and basic manners
Trainer notes: The Beagle-Harrier, like virtually all scenthounds can be challenging to train on lead, and off lead for recall.  Their nose is simply offering too many fascinating things for them to be easily distracted for training.  Even so, if training is initiated as being VERY brief, lots of fun and then ended a couple times a day.  The dog quickly learns to happily anticipate the time and attention building their general inclination to participate and ignore distraction.
Background Information
Year range of first recognition: very old, likely around the Middle Ages
Country of Origin: France
Original Function: Scenthound
History: The midpoint in the development of the Beagle from the Harrier. The Beagle-Harrier is virtually a lost breed as the world is concerned, only found occasionally in France among their packs. Even then it is just as easy for the breed to be mis-identified.
Adoption Information
Deviations from Standard: too large, too small,
Health Notes: similar to Beagle or Harrier
Health Testing: CERF, OFA
Questions to ask Breeder:  - The Breeder Questions as listed here provided with explanations and answers you will want to be looking for!

  • How long have you had Beagle Harriers?
  • Why do you have Beagle Harriers (show, performance, hunting, etc.)?
  • What do you consider to be the most important single characteristic of a Beagle Harrier?
  • What health issues have you seen in the breed?
  • What criteria do you set for your breeding stock?
  • Do you plan to keep a puppy from this litter?
  • How often do you have puppies?
  • Do you have a written contract and puppy guarantee?
  • At what age do you sent your pups to their homes?
  • How would you describe the ideal Beagle Harrier?
  • How would you describe the ideal Beagle Harrier home?
  • Are your puppies whelped in your home?
  • What advice would you offer someone in raising and training a Beagle Harrier?
  • Web Sites: Beagle Rescue Contact Map, most responsible Beagle Rescues would be willing to help a Beagle Harrier in need Similarly Harrier Rescue of America would be likely to assist Beagle-Harriers as well

    Other Resources
    Breed standard: Standard for the Beagle-Harrier with the FCI

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