Appearance of the Russian Harlequin Hound
|The Russian Harlequin Hound is a muscular, medium-sized dog, measuring around 20.5 centimeters and weighing between 18 and 32 kilos. They have a square shape, long straight legs and a curved or saber-shaped tail. They also tend to have a slightly broad, square head with a straight, square muzzle, which always ends in a black nose. They have slightly pendulous lips, oval-shaped eyes, usually dark brown in color, and medium-sized, pendulous ears that are set high on the head and hang to the sides to frame the face. The Russian Harlequin Hound's distinctive short coat is predominantly white with tricolored markings on the head, face, back and tail. This coloring is particularly useful when hunting with the Russian Harlequin Hound, as it makes it much easier to differentiate the hound from its prey.
Temperament of the Russian Harlequin Hound
|This dog is generally friendly and playful with almost everyone it meets, but is always gentle enough to be trusted by most children, although interactions between children and dogs are always well supervised. They are very loyal, people-oriented animals with lively minds, who are very easy to train and respond particularly well to positive training techniques. These dogs are agile and active, and can enjoy and even excel in many canine sports. The Russian Harlequin Hound is generally friendly to other dogs, but they are also hunting dogs, and have a strong prey drive, which can make them dangerous to have around smaller animals like cats, unless they have grown up with them or been well socialized. They have a particularly melodic voice, which they love to use. This, combined with their high activity level, makes them unsuitable for apartment living.
Needs and activities of the Russian Harlequin Hound
|The Russian Harlequin Hound is a very active dog, with a rather strong prey drive. They generally require at least an hour or two of vigorous physical activity every day, and can often manage much more. Because of their strong prey drive, they can find it hard to resist chasing smaller animals, so a leash should be used unless they are actively working. They are also generally very intelligent, so they need to exercise their minds every day. Puzzles and alternative mind exercises, such as rally sport, advanced obedience and agility training, can be useful in meeting these requirements.
Maintenance of the Russian Harlequin Hound
|This breed has fairly simple grooming requirements. Bathing should be practiced only occasionally to avoid stripping the natural protective films from their oils. In addition, Russian Harlequin Hounds are more prone to skin allergies than other breeds. Their coats shed moderately and require brushing once or twice a week. Although this breed's coat is short, it's also quite dense, which can make a smoother brush or grooming glove somewhat ineffective at removing loose hairs. They also have long, hanging ears, which need to be checked regularly to ensure they are clean, dry and free from infection.