Harrier Seminar Jan 2004

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Published on November 16, 2007

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The Harrier:  The Harrier …a pack hound:  …a pack hound Slide3:  Bred to hunt European hare Slide4:  Followed on foot Slide5:  …or horseback by all ages:  by all ages around the world:  around the world Slide8:  Today packs exist in England, Ireland, Wales, France, Belgium, the USA and New Zealand New Zealand has the most Harriers today (only for hunting!) Origins:  Origins Origins:  Hare hunting scent hounds known from Greek & Roman records Hare hunting packs continued in Europe through middle ages Harriers were brought to England by the Normans and have continuous records to the present Origins Bloodlines:  Bloodlines Bloodlines:  Bloodlines Some (even the AKC standard) claim Harriers are nothing more than dwarf Foxhounds Bloodlines:  Bloodlines Some (even the AKC standard) claim Harriers are nothing more than dwarf Foxhounds However, Harrier packs, and bloodlines, predate foxhunting by many centuries! Bloodlines:  Bloodlines Some (even the AKC standard) claim Harriers are nothing more than dwarf Foxhounds However, Harrier packs, and bloodlines, predate foxhunting by many centuries! The answer is that they are an older breed bred with foxhounds to produce what we know today Bloodlines:  Bloodlines Bloodlines:  Bloodlines Old “Southern Harrier” was larger & slower with long pendant ears Bloodlines:  Bloodlines Old “Southern Harrier” was larger & slower with long pendant ears Foxhound blood introduced to many packs throughout 19th century Bloodlines:  Bloodlines Old “Southern Harrier” was larger & slower with long pendant ears Foxhound blood introduced to many packs throughout 19th century Today, two types registered in England Studbook Harrier (type in AKC) West Country Harrier Bloodlines:  Bloodlines Old “Southern Harrier” was larger & slower with long pendant ears Foxhound blood introduced to many packs throughout 19th century Today, two types registered in England Studbook Harrier (type in AKC) West Country Harrier West Country, was supposedly free of Foxhound blood, but WWI & WWII and decline in numbers have changed that In the UK:  In the UK In the UK:  In the UK ONLY in hunting packs Never found as house pets Never shown in KC shows since 1914 Stud book controlled exclusively by AMHB since 1891 The AMHB:  The AMHB All Harrier and Beagle packs are governed by its rules & regulations (no state regulation of hunting – yet) Hounds are NOT recorded in the Stud Book at the time they are whelped Only hounds which prove themselves successfully for 1 full year of hunting are “entered” in the Stud Book Association of Masters of Harriers & Beagles Harriers in the USA:  Harriers in the USA Colonial records show Harriers were shipped to the USA very early (but not where) Several large hunts formed in North Eastern states from the 1870’s – 1930’s with hare imported from Belgium Harriers in the USA:  Harriers in the USA Two Harriers showed at the first Westminister Show Harrier among first hounds in the studbooks purchased by AKC Harriers in the USA:  Harriers in the USA Never popular for hunting in America No native hare population in mid-Atlantic states Beagles and other hounds filled their role Now mostly used for hunting snowshoe hare in New England and Michigan Function:  Function Function:  Function Endurance (not outright speed) Hunting ability Stamina / Durability Drive Voice 20mi/day, 2x a week, 5+ mos a year ~ 900+ miles a season Anatomy:  Anatomy Ch. Mr. Reynal’s Monarch, 1936 Gait:  Gait Slide32:  Moderate movement at a moderate speed Common Gait Faults:  Common Gait Faults Generic American Show-Dog (GASD) movement should not be rewarded at Breed OR Group level Excess kick-out & flashy (wasted) movement Should NOT keep up with fast Sight hounds in the Group Too much rear for too little shoulder Restricted front movement (usually the short upper arm) Common Gait Faults:  Common Gait Faults Generic American Show-Dog (GASD) movement should not be rewarded at Breed OR Group level Excess kick-out & flashy (wasted) movement Should NOT keep up with fast Sight hounds in the Group Too much rear for too little shoulder Restricted front movement (usually the short upper arm) Common Gait Faults:  Common Gait Faults Generic American Show-Dog (GASD) movement should not be rewarded at Breed OR Group level Excess kick-out & flashy (wasted) movement Should NOT keep up with fast Sight hounds in the Group Too much rear for too little shoulder Restricted front movement (usually the short upper arm) Common Gait Faults:  Common Gait Faults Generic American Show-Dog (GASD) movement should not be rewarded at Breed OR Group level Excess kick-out & flashy (wasted) movement Should NOT keep up with fast Sight hounds in the Group Too much rear for too little shoulder Restricted front movement (usually the short upper arm) Temperament:  Temperament Must get along in large groups Slide38:  Must be “biddable” and respond well to people Have no dignity and a great sense of humor:  Have no dignity and a great sense of humor Are wonderful with kids Natural athletes, Harriers can do well in performance arenas - if you know how to train & motivate a self-willed hound:  Natural athletes, Harriers can do well in performance arenas - if you know how to train & motivate a self-willed hound The Breed Standard:  The Breed Standard Current version written by AKC with no input from Parent Club (HCA didn’t exist in 1989) Size, proportion, and substance:  Size, proportion, and substance Size makes a Harrier a Harrier and not a Foxhound or Beagle Ideal size is 20” for dogs & bitches Standard is 19”-21” with an inch of variation allowed Many show dogs are 23” or more Size, proportion, and substance:  Size, proportion, and substance Size, proportion, and substance:  Size, proportion, and substance Head:  Head Neck, topline, and body:  Neck, topline, and body Tail:  Tail Forequarters:  Forequarters Forequarters:  Forequarters Feet:  Feet round, compact, catlike Hindquarters:  Hindquarters MODERATE Angulation Hindquarters:  Hindquarters ANY Color:  ANY Color A good hound CANNOT be a bad color Variations:  Variations Over 100 packs in the UK in 1900 All crafted their pack to best fit their territory & quarry, sometimes over centuries Standard is written loosely enough to accommodate the variations Common Problems:  Common Problems GASD movement Overlong hocks & resulting movement Wide fronts and/or “out at the elbows” Unbalanced front & rear (usually too much rear & not enough front angle) Size Comparing/Contrasting:  Comparing/Contrasting English Foxhound Comparing/Contrasting:  Comparing/Contrasting Beagle Judging Harriers:  Judging Harriers Judging Harriers:  Judging Harriers Keep the working criteria of the breed in mind to correctly judge Harriers Can this hound go absolutely all day long at a steady, endless, efficient pace? Is it sound enough to do so for years? Is it in good enough condition to go hunting tomorrow? Working is not a theoretical concept with Harriers – it is their reality & their definition Judging Harriers:  Judging Harriers Judging Harriers:  Judging Harriers No racing MODERATE speed on a loose leash (if possible) – no GASD movement please! Do not reward spooky or shy temperaments Please refer to your Standard for clarification if needed (don’t be shy!) Minimal grooming is encouraged (clean & well turned out, but not shaved into a Beagle!) Not too large, not too small The Cake vs the Icing:  The Cake vs the Icing Cake vs Icing:  Cake vs Icing Cake: Type Moderate Movement (endurance vs speed) Correct body & structure Feet Angles Rib spring & depth Substance Conditioning Cake vs Icing:  Cake vs Icing Cake: Type Moderate Movement (endurance vs speed) Correct body & structure Feet Angles Rib spring & depth Substance Conditioning Icing: Head Topline Tail/brush Deceptive Grooming/Handling Techniques:  Deceptive Grooming/Handling Techniques Not much to hide on a Harrier, grooming-wise! Moving at a fast speed will hide some movement faults you’d see at a correct moderate speed Examining Harriers:  Examining Harriers Gap between ribs & elbows – correct! Look at feet – should be tight & sturdy Conditioning is important Don’t measure ears or tail Toeing-in when moving is normal & correct! Get out your standard if needed National Specialties:  National Specialties 26 March 2004 Bakersfield, CA Judge Dr. Robert D. Smith Questions:  Questions

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