The Beagle Harrier was developed in the 19th century in France by Baron Gerard. It is not clear whether these dogs are a result of crossing a Beagle and a Harrier because their origin is not well documented. They were recognized by the FCI and CKC in 1974.
Temperament & Personality
The Harrier dog is calm, loving and the most patient dog in the breed. It behaves well with children and other animals, so it is an excellent family pet. It does not bark too much and mingles well with the family members. Due to its hunting nature, it is important to start socializing the dog from the early days. It enjoys being outdoors and is not suited for apartment life. Some of its abilities are tracking, agility, hunting, and narcotics detection.
Medium to large sized yards with proper fencing is suitable for a Beagle Harrier. Exercises are essential on a daily basis to avoid laziness and destructive behavior. Jogging, walking and playing sessions should be done regularly and the dog must be leashed.
This dog has minimal grooming needs. Take the help of a professional vet to trim their nails properly. Bathe the dog only when it’s dirty to avoid the loss of natural oils of the skin. Check and clean their eyes and ears on a weekly basis to prevent infections.
Hip dysplasia is the only cause of concern for the Beagle Harrier’s health.
Because it is a scenthound, Beagle Harriers are challenging to train without a leash. They have a strong sense of smell and distraction easily is an issue with them. The owner should keep the training interesting by involving activities like army crawling, use positive methods and train the dog to accept leash right from puppyhood.
High-quality dog food without additives should be fed to the dog. The amount of food the dog eats depends upon its size, age, and metabolism.