Beagle-Harrier

FCI standard Nº 290

Origin
France
Translation
Mrs Peggy Davis
Group
Group 6 Scenthounds and related breeds
Section
Section 1.2 Medium-sized Hounds
Working
With working trial
Acceptance on a definitive basis by the FCI
Saturday 02 September 1972
Publication of the official valid standard
Tuesday 01 August 2023
Last update
Friday 06 October 2023
En français, cette race se dit
Beagle-Harrier
Diese Norm ist in deutscher Sprache sichtbar
Beagle-Harrier
En español, esta raza se dice
Beagle-Harrier
In het Nederlands, wordt dit ras gezegd
Beagle-Harrier

Usage

Scenthound.

Brief historical summary

It is a French hunter, Baron Gerard, who created the breed in the late 19th century, from the Beagle and the Harrier, two dogs typically British. The goal was to bring the intrinsic qualities of these two races (speed and flair) to obtain a hunting dog with hare. Very rare commodity, it is found that in France where it is used today for the hare, deer, fox and even wild boar.

General appearance

Dog of medium proportions, balanced distinguished, agile and vigorous.

Head

Cranial region

Head
Moderately strong.
Skull
Rather broad and quite voluminous. Occipital protuberance hardly marked. 
Stop
Not pronounced.

Facial region

Nose
Developed, black.
Muzzle
Its length is roughly equal to that of the skull. Never square, but in profile tapering without being pointed.
Lips
Covering the lower jaw.
Nasal bridge
Nasal bridge rather straight, never arched.
Eyes
Well open, dark in colour, of a frank, lively and intelligent expression.
Ears
Quite short and medium-broad; they are set at eye level; they are slightly rounded in their medium part; they come down flat against the skull to turn slightly in their lower part in a slight oval.

Neck

Free although well attached to the shoulders, slightly arched in profile in its upper part.

Body

Back
Short, well sustained and muscled.
Loin
Strong and muscled; can be slightly arched.
Chest
Well set down, but ribs never too flat, which could reduce the thoracic cage too much. Sternum well extended to the rear. The false ribs, without being cylindrical, must nevertheless be long and sufficiently well sprung so as to provide an ample thoracic cage.
Underline and belly
Belly never very tucked up, rather filled out.

Limbs

Forequarters

Generality
Strong, straight and parallel.
Shoulders
Long, oblique and muscled.

Hindquarters

Generality
Hips well detached, oblique and strong.
Upper thigh
Well let down, fleshy and muscular.
Hock
Close to the ground and vertical.

Feet

Neither too long nor slim, but tight with thick and hard pads.

Gait and movement

Supple, lively and sure.

Coat

Hair
Rather thick, not too short but flat.
Colour
Tri-colour (fawn with black blanket, and white); not too much importance should be given to the blanket, with markings more or less bright tan, or pale, or with black overlay. Because there exist grey Harrier, the grey tri-colours or the white-greys would not be either disqualified or penalised only because of their colour.

Size and weight

Height at withers
From 45 cm to 50 cm.

Faults

• Any departure from the foregoing points 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 its ability to perform its traditional work.
• Faults listed should be in degree of seriousness.

General faults

 Head too heavy.
 Stop too pronounced.
 Butterfly nose.
 Muzzle too short and square; muzzle too pointed.
 Nasal bridge arched.
 Over- or undershot mouth.
 Curled ears, recalling and infusion of French blood.
 Feet flat and splayed.
 Depigmented scrotum.
 Frightened apperance, soft or unintelligent.

Disqualifying faults

 Aggressive or overly shy dogs.

NB :

• Any dog clearly showing physical or behavioural abnormalities shall be disqualified.
• The above mentioned faults when occurring to a highly marked degree or frequently are disqualifying.
• Male animals should have two apparently normal testicles fully descended into the scrotum.
• Only functionally and clinically healthy dogs, with breed typical conformation should be used for breeding.

Bibliography

http://www.fci.be/

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