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Beagle harrier (Dog standard)

Beagle harrier is a dog of medium proportions, balanced distinguished, agile and vigorous.

FCI-Standard N 290 / 03. 03. 1997 /GB


TRANSLATION : Mrs Peggy Davis.

ORIGIN : France.


UTILIZATION : Scenthound.

CLASSIFICATION F.C.I. : Group 6 Scenthounds and related
Section 1.2 Medium-sized Hounds.
With working trial.

GENERAL APPEARANCE : Dog of medium proportions, balanced distinguished, agile and vigorous.

HEAD : Moderately strong.

Skull : Rather broad and quite voluminous. Occipital protuberance hardly marked.
Stop : Not pronounced.

Nose : Developed, black.
Muzzle : Its length is roughly equal to that of the skull. Never square, but in profile tapering without being pointed. Nasal bridge rather straight, never arched.
Lips : Covering the lower jaw.
Eyes : Well open, dark in colour, of a frank, lively and intelligent expression.
Leathers : 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.

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.
Belly : Never very tucked up, rather filled out.


FOREQUARTERS : Strong, straight and parallel.
Shoulders : Long, oblique and muscled.

Hips : Well detached, oblique and strong.
Upper thigh : Well let down, fleshy and muscular.
Hocks : Close to the ground and vertical.

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

GAIT / MOVEMENT : Supple, lively and sure.


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.

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.
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.

Any dog clearly showing physical or behavioural abnormalities shall be disqualified.

N.B. : Male animals should have two apparently normal testicles fully descended into the scrotum.