Breed Standards : Scenthound Group : Beagle Harrier
Official UKC Breed Standard
@Copyright 1996, United Kennel Club, Inc.
The goals and purposes of this breed standard include: to furnish guidelines for breeders who wish to maintain the quality of their breed and to improve it; to advance this breed to a state of similarity throughout the world; and to act as a guide for judges.
Breeders and judges have the responsibility to avoid any conditions or exaggerations that are detrimental to the health, welfare, essence and soundness of this breed, and must take the responsibility to see that these are not perpetuated.
Any departure from the following should be considered a fault, and the seriousness with which the fault should be regarded should be in exact proportion to its degree and its effect upon the health and welfare of the dog and on the dog’s ability to perform its traditional work.
Beagle Harriers were bred in France in the 19th Century. They were bred to hunt hare or deer in packs. They could be a mixture of the Beagle and the Harrier breeds, or they could be the mid-point between the two breeds, the truth is not really known. They were recognized by the FCI in 1974. The breed is very rare.
The Beagle Harrier was recognized by the United Kennel Club January 1, 1996.
A typical small foxhound, halfway in size between the smaller Beagle and the larger Harrier.
Energetic, determined, and loyal.
SKULL - Rather broad. No prominence of occiput. The stop is not pronounced.
MUZZLE - Roughly equal in length to the skull. Never square; tapering without being pointed. The nasal bridge is straight, and the lips cover the lower jaw.
TEETH - The Beagle Harrier has a complete set of evenly spaced, white teeth meeting in a scissors bite.
Faults: Overshot or undershot.
NOSE - Black.
Fault: Butterfly nose.
EYES - Well open, and dark in color, with a frank, lively and intelligent expression.
EARS - Set at eye level, quite short and medium broad, the ears lie flat against the skull but turn slightly at the tips, which are rounded.
Well attached, and slightly arched.
The shoulders are long, oblique and muscular.
FORELEGS - Strong, straight and parallel.
The ribs are moderately arched, and the sternum is long. The back is short, firm and muscular. The loin is strong and muscular, and may be slightly arched. There is very little tuck up.
The hips are oblique and strong.
HIND LEGS - The upper thighs are fleshy and muscular. The hocks are close to the ground, and the rear pasterns are vertical.
Tight, with thick, hard pads.
Fault: Flat, splayed feet.
Set on high, long enough to reach the hock, and carried gaily in saber fashion.
Thick, not too short, and flat.
Tri color, including grey tri color and white grey tri color.
Height at the withers is from 18 to 20 inches.
Supple, lively, and sure footed.
Unilateral or bilateral cryptorchid. Viciousness or extreme shyness. Albinism.