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A 141/2" beagle................................................a 21" Harrier bitch........................................................................................Harrier and Foxhound side by side, both average height for their breed.
Beagles are a maximum of 15", considerably smaller than Harriers, which are a minimum of 18" and up to 22" . Harriers should more closely resemble an English Foxhound but smaller. THe English Foxhound standard does not give a size range, but implies a 24" dog as appropriately sized.
Harriers do not look like the typical Beagle that you see in the U.S. While they may resemble some of the Beagles used for hunting in the UK, they should closely resemble the English Foxhound. Visually a big indicator is tails. Beagles almost always hold tails at 90 degrees. Foxhounds and Harriers typically carry tails a bit lower (3rd picture) and will raise them when moving. Beagles are obviously shorter than Harriers, and most Foxhounds are noticeably bigger. Pictures of packs in the UK show the range of size in the Harrier. Body, head structure, leg length and tailset all make them very much different from Beagles. All three breeds should have a good amount of substance and structure that gives them the ability to run with ease over distance.
Blythmoor Hounds at the National Specialty 2016. Sire/dam on the far left, then littermates (Chase, Monroe, Baron, Emmy and Yahtze).
I started in hounds with a couple of delightful Beagles several years ago but Labradors were my main breed. After several years of showing Labrador Retrievers and occasionally Beagles, my love of hounds eventually brought me to Harriers, which I have now had since 2006. I also have a very nice Beagle, who is my tracking buddy (Maestro). I show my dogs and train them in tracking. They are all family companions. All my Harriers have Hip and Eye clearances, and most have a few more, including elbow clearances. I typically breed one litter a year (or less).
According to a recent survey, there are only about 100 Harriers in North America.
Harriers are delightful dogs and make great family companions. While hounds tend to get a bad rap, they are great family dogs! Typically they love children (and everyone else).They are friendly with all other breeds and love sleeping in piles. Harriers are no more prone to run off than many other breeds. A normal fence will keep them in. Some like to dig. As with all breeds, some bark/howl a lot and some don't. I have found them very easy to live with and train -- far less chewing overall than most Labradors. They like to run, and then spend time on the couch. Overall a great family dog that is often overlooked because of the undeserved reputation of hounds. Reality is that hunting hounds are very well trained and must be willing accept direction in the field. They must also be friendly... and not prone to chase off after any scent that comes along. As with any breed, training is a must, but it isn't that difficult.
And they should LOVE everyone! Never dog aggressive. Good with children. Tolerant of the family cat.
This is Zeller, owned by Peggy Miller . A typical Blythmoor Harrier pup at 12 weeks of age.
Harriers also come in the less common, but equally acceptable red/white or lemon/white color. This is Druid and his brother Dragon at 7 weeks. Bi-color Harriers tend to get a little darker as they get older. The tri-color can get lighter and can lose the black "saddle" altogether.
Member of the Harrier Club of America