Harrier - Group VI. - Scenthounds and related breeds, Section 1.2 Medium sized Scenthounds.
When it is not working, it is serene, utterly peaceful and tolerant to other dogs, which is a trait that is essential for the coexistence of many members of the pack hounds. Otherwise, it is alive and lively, with an excellent sense of smell and so powerful interest in scent that surpass all previous education and training.
It needs to be in constant contact with the owner and members of his family, and when it has an appropriate, loving and absolutely consistent approach its psychological development and profile will be different than by individuals that are permanently kept in a kennel. In fact it tends to respect all commands. It is nice and unexpectedly affectionate.
It is respectful of everyone, even a little owner´s touch, which is for the dog as a member of the pack always "honours in front of the newly introduced pack", a kind of proof that from so many others this dog was "honoured and rewarded with praise".
Only is it necessary to find the right relationship. It reinforces positive stimulation, abundant praise and reward for the quest, preferably something that really loves, but it gets only on this occasion. When it is praised it must be absolutely clear intonation joyful. Punishments are useless, if necessary, just a reprimand voice again with proper intonation, rather accusingly, but never angry or threatening.
This breed is very difficult, it needs a lot of movement, but owner has to have a leash, dog has strong hunting instinct and follows the track.
This strong but lightweight Hound size represents a transition between the English and Foxhound, Beagle. Height at withers is 48-55 cm, but preference is given between 48 and 50 cm.
The head is expressive of a reasonable size. The skull should be flat from above, faintly marked occipital part. The nose should be large, black.
Eyes are always a dark colour, moderate size and may never be bulging or too round. The earlobes are fairly high set, hanging, almost flat to side cheeks, relatively short and the tops slightly rounded.
The neck is elongated, freely movable, but firmly attached to the shoulders, the neck slightly arched.
The tail is of medium length, hairy towards the tip so that some hairs are longer and thicker and slightly projecting, making it the overall supply of corn cob shape. It has to be properly set. The rest may be suspended, in motion and in particular trail is slightly raised level with the top line of the body or even upside erect.
The chest should be deep rather than wide, ribs are slightly arched, never be barrel-shaped. The forelegs are straight and in a position perpendicular to the substrate. Shoulders should be oblique, their longitudinal axis upwards and backwards. They must be properly muscled.
The coat should be smooth adjacent, but not too short (completely smooth). Colour is usually white with patches of any shade of black to orange. Individuals that are known as French breed (Norman ancestors) are generally tricolour with a black jacket on the body.
To negative defects include aggression or fearfulness, de-pigmentation of nose, undershot jaw, shoulders long and weak, weak thighs, de-pigmentation of the scrotum by males.