Fédération Cynologique Internationale

United Kennel Club

Harrier

Harrier


ORIGIN

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FCI
Great Britain.

PUBLISHED

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FCI
27.11.1974.

UTILISATION

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FCI
Scent hound.

CLASSIFICATION

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FCI
Group 6Scent hounds and related breeds
Section 1.2Scenthounds, Medium-sized Hounds
With working trial

UKC
Scenthound

TRANSLATION

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FCI
Mrs. Peggy Davis, brought up to day by Dr. Paschoud.

BRIEF HISTORICAL SUMMARY

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UKC
Developed in England to hunt hare in packs, the first pack of Harriers was established in 1260. There are many stories that relate the ancient origins of the Harrier, but it is generally believed today that the breed is simply a smaller version of the English Foxhound, having been bred down from the larger breed through selective breeding. They have been used in America for hunting since Colonial times. The Harrier was recognized by the United Kennel Club in 1949.

GENERAL APPEARANCE

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FCI
Strong and light dog, less powerful and more distinguished than the Foxhound.
UKC
The Harrier is a smaller version of the English Foxhound. It is 19 to 21 inches at the shoulders. It is solidly built and should have as much bone and substance as possible without being coarse or heavy. Any good hound color is acceptable and the breed has a natural ear and tail.

BEHAVIOUR / TEMPERAMENT

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UKC
A hound pack animal, therefore aggressiveness towards other dogs is not tolerated. Temperament is outgoing and friendly.

HEAD

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FCI
Expressive, moderately large.
UKC
Head should be of medium size, with a good bold forehead. Its size should be in proportion to the dog. The same length from the stop to occiput as the stop to the nose.

CRANIAL REGION

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Skull

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FCI
Flat, occipital crest slightly marked.
UKC
Quite large and rather broad, with no prominence of occiput, and a slight stop.

FACIAL REGION

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Nose

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FCI
Black, well developed.
UKC
Well developed and black.

Muzzle

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FCI
Quite long and rather more pointed than square.
UKC
Approximately the same length as the skull. Never square, instead tapering towards the nose but not snipy. The nasal bridge is straight. The lips cover the lower jaw.

Lips

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FCI
Covering the lower jaw.

Jaws/Teeth

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UKC
A full complement of strong, white teeth meet in a scissors or a level bite.

Eyes

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FCI
Always dark, never prominent, of medium size, not too round.
UKC
Well open and dark in color with a frank, lively and intelligent expression. Lighter eye color in the lighter colored dogs is acceptable.

Ears

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UKC
V-shaped, quite short, almost flat and set on rather high.

Leathers

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FCI
V shaped, almost flat, slightly turned, quite short and rather set on high.

NECK

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FCI
Long and free although well tied into the shoulders. Slightly arched in its upper part.
UKC
Long, strong, well attached and slightly arched.

BODY

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UKC
In proportion, the body is slightly longer than tall. The chest is deep, with well sprung ribs that run well back. The topline is level and the back is straight and muscular. The loin is strong and slightly arched. There is little tuck up.

Back

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FCI
Straight and muscled.

Loin

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FCI
Strong and slightly arched.

Chest

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FCI
Chest: More developed in depth than in width.
Ribs: Rather flat than too rounded.

Flank

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FCI
Must neither be too full nor too tucked up.

TAIL

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FCI
Of medium length, with some longer and coarser, slightly offstanding hairs (like ears of grain) towards the tip; well carried.
UKC
Long, set on high, and carried up from 3 o'clock to 12 o'clock, depending on the attitude. It tapers to a point with a brush of hair. The tail should not be curled over the back.

LIMBS

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FOREQUARTERS

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FCI
Forelegs straight and vertical.
UKC
The shoulders are long, oblique and muscular without being loaded or heavy.

Shoulder

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FCI
Sloping and well muscled.

FORELEGS

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UKC
Long, straight and parallel. The elbows are set away from the ribs. The legs have the slightest tendency to knuckle over, without any exaggeration. There is strong bone that continues down to the foot.

FEET

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UKC
Feet point straight ahead, are round and catlike; with toes set close together, and thick, well-developed pads.

Forefeet

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FCI
Neither too tight nor too round.

Hind feet

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FCI
See Forefeet.

HINDQUARTERS

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FCI
Hips: Strong, hip bones quite prominent.
UKC
Angulation in balance with the front assembly, so that the rear drive is in harmony with the front reach. Well-developed muscles provide strength for long hours of work. Endurance is more important than pure speed.

Thigh

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FCI
Long and well let down.

HIND LEGS

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UKC
The stifles are only moderately angulated to provide the endurance. The hocks are close to the ground. The rear pasterns are vertical.

Hock joint

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FCI
Neither too straight nor too bent.

GAIT / MOVEMENT

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FCI
Supple and steady.
UKC
There is perfect coordination between the front and rear legs. Drive and reach are consistent with the desired moderate angulation. Action is straight coming and going. Side gait is more important than clean coming and going. The side gait should be smooth, efficient and ground covering.

SKIN

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FCI
White with black markings.

COAT

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HAIR

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FCI
Smooth, of English style, i.e. flat and not too short.
UKC
Short, dense, hard and glossy. Coat texture is finer on the ears than on the body. There is a brush of hair on the underside of the tail.

COLOUR

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FCI
Usually white as base colour, with all shades of black to orange, in France generally tricolour with black mantle covering the upper part of the back.
UKC
Any good hound color. Color not regarded as very important.

SIZE

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UKC
The height at the withers is 19 to 21 inches.

Height at withers

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FCI
From 48 to 55 cm maximum - but rather from 48 to 50 cm preferred.

FAULTS

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FCI
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 and its effect upon the health and welfare of the dog.

DISQUALIFYING FAULTS

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FCI

  • Aggressive or overly shy.
  • Depigmented nose.
Prognathism.
Loin long and flabby.
Thin thighs.
Discoloration of scrotum.
Any dog clearly showing physical or behavioural abnormalities shall be disqualified.
UKC

Unilateral or bilateral cryptorchid. Viciousness or extreme shyness. Albinism.
Color: Albinism.


Anatomical Features of the dog

N.B.:

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