This breed is so old that its origins are not very clear. These dogs were created to hunt rabbits and small animals.
Beagle-Harriers were popular in England since the time of Edward II (1307 – 1327). Around the middle of 1800 American breeders have imported Beagles from England. Many of them were bred to hunt foxes because of their height - 38-43 cm, but Americans wanted smaller hounds primarily for hunting rabbits.
The Beagle-Harrier has a short and well muscled legs. Colorations are mostly black, white and tan, often merging into one another. The body is compact and stocky, but not rude. The head is broad and rounded, with distinct stop. Has a short snout with a black nose. The ears are large and hanging. The eyes are brown and the neck is medium. The chest is wide, the back - relatively short.
Character and behavior
Beagles are tender, sweet and funny. They will make you laugh, but keep in mind that they are also quite naughty. Beagle owners spend a lot of time trying to outsmart them using treats and other rewards.
Like all dogs the Beagle-Harrier needs socialization from an early age. They must be introduced to other people, noises and situations to get used to them and to be well balanced.
Training and education
Training is very important for your Beagle. Positive techniques always give good results. Every Beagle-Harrier would be happy to do something for you if he expect a tasty reward.
Beagle puppies are energetic and you must provide them with a way to spend this energy. Daily walks and games are required. When Beagles get older they can become lazy, spending the day laying and eating. They are prone to obesity, so do not let this happen. They are so greedy that would even rummaging through garbage if given the opportunity. Keep your pet in good shape, give him food twice a day and do not leave food in the bowl all the time.
Like all dogs Beagles are prone to certain health problems. This does not mean that every Beagle will have these issues. They are generally healthy dogs, but it is good to have in mind the following:
- Problems with eyes - cataract and glaucoma
- Impaired circulation
- Problems with the thyroid gland
- Ear infections
Grooming and care
Although it can be grown in an apartment, your puppy would feel better if there is a fenced yard where it can walk around freely.
The coat should be brushed with a medium bristle brush or rubber glove to remove the fallen hair and stimulates the growth of the new one. Generally these dogs are very clean and therefore do not need frequent bathing.
The ears of the beagle are dropping low and the air can not circulate well. This makes them prone to infections, so it is necessary to check the ears at least once every two weeks. If you notice any signs of infection, contact your veterinarian immediately.
Children and other pets
The Beagle-Harriers are extremely nice and kind to all, especially to children. However, during a game they can be lush and you should not leave your small kids unattended.
These are dogs that love to have company. Such is their nature and even a cat or another dog can satisfy that need.
Beagle-Harriers have about 220 million receptors for smell, for comparison - people have only around 5 million. This makes them exceptionally good at capturing and recognizing different tracks. In 1984 the Ministry of Agriculture in the United States decided to use Beagles in the International Airport of Los Angeles to prevent smuggling food.
This experiment was very successful, as the Beagles are small, sweet, always friendly and people don't fear them. Today there are a lot of puppies for sale in North America due to the fact that members of the so-called "Beagle security" check baggage compartments in over 20 international airports and other border crossings in the United States.