Fun Beagle-harrier Dog Facts For Kids

Moumita Dutta
Oct 20, 2022 By Moumita Dutta
Originally Published on Sep 16, 2021
Edited by Luca Demetriou
Fact-checked by Gowri Rao
Amazing Beagle-Harrier facts to learn more about this cute breed
Age: 3-18
Read time: 8.6 Min

Dogs can process smell forty times more than human beings. This is one of the reasons why dogs accompanied humans for hunting and even in a crime scene.

There are approximately 300 million olfactory receptors present in the nose of a dog. Both Beagle and harrier dog breeds are distinguished for their hunting skills. The Harrier breed is associated with the class of Hounds while a Beagle is primarily a scent hound.

The Beagle-Harrier is also a scent hound and has a French origin. Harriers are also referred to as ‘Beagles on steroids’ because they are extremely active.

The Beagle-Harrier dog breed can be described as a small Harrier or a large Beagle. The origin of this breed dates back to the 1800s in France.

Baron Gerard bred Beagle with Harrier breed and created a Harrier-beagle mix. Because the Frech nobilities mandated a dog that possessed the body of a Harrier but hunting skills of a Beagle. However, this breed was limited within the Republic until the late 19th century when it was exported to America to hunt and track down rabbits.

In 1974, this dog breed was acknowledged by International Canine Federation. The Beagle-Harrier dog is now rarely seen in France and other countries.

Do you want to learn more about the Beagle-Harrier dog breed? then keep reading this article because more fascinating facts are stated below.

If you like this article then check our other article on harrier hound and cheagle and share the pieces of information with everyone.

Beagle-Harrier Interesting Facts

What type of animal is a Beagle-Harrier?

The Beagle-Harrier is a scent hound and a mix of Beagle and Harrier. It was first bred to get a supreme breed for hunting.

What class of animal does a Beagle-Harrier belong to?

The Beagle-Harrier belongs to the class of Mammalia.

How many Beagle-Harriers are there in the world?

The Beagle-Harrier is rarely seen now, but the exact number of this dog present in the world is not listed.

Where does a Beagle-Harrier live?

Beagle-Harrier dogs have their origin in France. In the late 19th century they were exported to America.

What is a Beagle-Harrier's habitat?

These Beagle-Harrier dogs are home pets. But, these highly active dogs need a large space to play and run thus small apartments are not suitable for them. Small dog breeds like Chihuahua and German Spitz can easily adjust in an apartment however it is difficult for the Beagle-Harrier to adapt in a cramped space.

Who do Beagle-Harriers live with?

The Beagle-Harrier dog primarily lives with humans now. It may take a little to adjust around other dogs because they can get anxious. But, as this dog got high prey drive it is recommended not to keep any rodent type of pet with them.

How long does a Beagle-Harrier live?

The average life span of the Beagle-Harrier is 12-13 years. The life expectancy of the Beagle-harrier can be affected by numerous health issues. Therefore for an extended life span regular exercise to keep a check on their weight and an occasional visit to the vet is recommended.

How do they reproduce?

The exact age when the Beagle-Harrier dog breed attains sexual maturity is not documented. This breed of dog is certainly very hard to find even in France where it was originated.

Female dogs undergo a period of heat, which can occur twice a year. However, it may vary from one dog to another. The male and female dogs copulate which can last for half an hour.

After copulating successfully the female dog is impregnated and the gestation period is approximately two months or more. The Beagle-Harrier can give birth to three to five puppies at one time.

What is their conservation status?

The conservation status of the Beagle-Harriers is unknown since it is not confirmed by the IUCN. It originated in the 1800s in France but now it can be hardly seen.

Beagle-Harrier Fun Facts

What do Beagle-Harriers look like?

The Beagle-Harrier as the name suggests is a mix of Harrier and Beagle. This is a medium-sized dog breed that is approximately 18-21 in (45.7-53.3 cm) tall and weighs almost 42-46 lb (19-21 kg).

Beagle-Harriers are well built and muscular because they were initially bred for hunting. Both Beagle and Harrier as an individual breed have a short and thick coat, therefore, the Beagle-Harrier mix also possesses a short, thick, and shiny coat.

The color of their coat may range from fawn to black to white to tan. This texture of their coat enables grooming a non-tedious task.

The ears of this dog breed are soft and floppy while their face is broad. The eyes are dark and the legs are stout as inherited by the dog from its parents.

The physical attribute of the Beagle-Harrier is inclined towards the Harrier breed than Beagle.

How cute are they?

The floppy ears, dark eyes are bound to make melt any heart. The Beagle-Harrier is one of the cutest breeds of dog that you will ever see.

How do they communicate?

Dogs bark and display few gestures to communicate with other dogs and humans.

How big is a Beagle-Harrier?

The Beagle-Harrier is a medium-sized well built dog. The Beagle-Harrier’s average height is 18-21 in (45.7-53.3 cm) it is slightly smaller than the Beagle-lab mix 19-24 in (48.26-60.9 cm).

How fast can a Beagle-Harrier run?

The Harrier and Beagle are both active breeds and their mix is also very enthusiastic and active but the speed of the Beagle-Harrier is not yet listed.

How much does a Beagle-Harrier weigh?

The weight of the Beagle-Harrier dog is almost 42-46 lb (19-21 kg). This dog can gain weight very easily, hence it is important to keep a check on their diet.

What are the male and female names of the species?

A male dog is called a called while a female dog is called a bitch.

What would you call a baby Beagle-Harrier?

The baby of Beagle-Harrier or any dog is called a ‘puppy’. It is advised to begin the training of the harrier puppy at an early stage as an independent dog they can be difficult to train as they grow into an adult.

What do they eat?

The diet of the Beagle-Harrier must contain the right amount of protein and all the essential nutrients that are required for the healthy development of bones and muscles. The dog food can be cooked at home that may consist of meat or it can be purchased from the market.

It is important to give the Beagle-Harrier the right portion and good quality food to maintain a shiny Beagle-Harrier coat.

Are they slobbery?

No, they are not very slobbery.

Would they make a good pet?

Yes, the Beagle-Harrier can make a good pet. This breed has a friendly temperament and easily adjusts with family as they are very affectionate.

These dogs are calm primarily and non-aggressive however training them is required. The Beagle-Harrier is considered as one of the intelligent breeds and has a high prey drive.

However, before getting a pet one needs to understand that even though it may be low-maintenance it requires care and love. It is very essential to complete the course of vaccines and deworming as a puppy and follow up regular checkups.

Even adult dogs need vaccination and deworming to keep them away from health issues. The Beagle-Harrier is an incredibly active pet and will gain weight if it is not provided with proper training and exercise.

It is crucial to keep their portion of meals in check as well as give them the right amount of exercise. Also, they are not suitable for small apartments they need a large lawn or big house to play and run around overall they make an extraordinary companion.

Did you know...

The ears of the Beagle enable it to catch scent particles for better detection.

The name ‘Beagle’ is derived from a French term ‘begueuele’ that implies ‘gaped throat’.

William Somerville first described the Harrier breed in one of his poems ‘The Chance’.

The English Kennel Club has not acknowledged Harrier since 1971 because of several zero entries of this breed.

The 36th president of the United States Lyndon Johnson had three Beagles.

Harrier vs. Beagle

This debate has existed for a long time. Both Harrier and Beagle breeds make incredible companions, however, they have some basic differences as an individual dog breed.

Both the Harrier and Beagle have friendly temperaments, they both are family-friendly. Both of these breeds prefer the company of humans and decent around children too.

However, it is observed that Beagles are more attached to the human and when left alone for a long time can develop separation anxiety. While Harriers do not develop severe separation anxiety.

When it comes to their physical appearance one can easily distinguish between a Beagle and Harrier dog. The Harrier breed is bigger than the Beagle, the Harrier breed is almost 19-21 in (48.2-53.3 cm) and weighs nearly 41-45 lb (18.5-20.4 kg).

On the other hand, the weight of a Beagle is 20-30 lb (9-13.6 kg) and it is 13-15 in (33-38 cm) tall. Nevertheless, the markings and color of their coat may appear the same.

Despite more or less similar colors, the texture of the coat of these breeds is different. The Harrier coat is rather velvety unlike Beagles who got coarse and water repellent coats.

Even though both of the dog breeds have short coats yet grooming is necessary and the Beagle dogs require more grooming than the Harriers who are easy to groom. Other than their characteristics the Beagle and Harrier have different manners of training.

Harriers being independent dogs are hard to train, they require more patience keeping in mind that they have the temperament of a hound. Therefore it is recommended to begin their training as early as a puppy.

Beagle dogs are comparatively easy to train even though they require a lot of exercise. Finally, the health issues faced by the Beagle dogs are more than the Harriers.

Characteristics and health issues

The Beagle-Harrier’s characteristics are an amalgamation of both the individual breed. These dogs are affectionate, loyal, and great to have around family.

However, they may have high prey drive because Harriers belong to the group of hounds while Beagles are scent hounds. The physical attribute of this breed of dog resembles the Harriers than Beagles.

The Beagle-Harriers are extremely playful and energetic but tend to lose interest easily. They like to indulge in activities that will include sounds and scents. Regardless, they face health issues like obesity.

Beagle-Harrier is exceptionally active therefore it requires immense proper exercise to avoid weight gaining. Generally healthy when they are young but this dog may develop hip dysplasia, epilepsy, and kidney ailments with age.

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Written by Moumita Dutta

Bachelor of Arts specializing in Journalism and Mass Communication, Postgraduate Diploma in Sports Management

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Moumita DuttaBachelor of Arts specializing in Journalism and Mass Communication, Postgraduate Diploma in Sports Management

A content writer and editor with a passion for sports, Moumita has honed her skills in producing compelling match reports and stories about sporting heroes. She holds a degree in Journalism and Mass Communication from the Indian Institute of Social Welfare and Business Management, Calcutta University, alongside a postgraduate diploma in Sports Management.

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Gowri RaoBachelor of Arts specializing in Economics

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