1) Separate breed
The Beagle Harrier is very often times mistaken for an oversized Beagle or pretty small Harrier. It is true, that they have very similar appearance and the main difference between all three breeds is their size, but the Beagle Harrier is a separated pure dog breed, that is officially recognized by many kennel clubs, including the FCI and it has its own breed standard, breeding stations and breed clubs.
The similarity with Beagles and Harriers is not just some lucky accident. It is very possible, that the Beagle Harrier was developed as a mixture of these two breeds, or as the midpoint in breeding between the two breeds. This happened in 19th century in France and the person who is credited for developing this breed is prominent french painter Baron Gerard. There is another theory, that says, that this is very old dog breed which is in existence since the late Middle Ages and whose ancestry is unclear.
The main original utilization of this dog is of course hunting. When on the hunt, these dogs are very passionate for it and they show great intelligence and independence, strong prey drive, endurance, great sense of smell and great determination for the hunt. The Beagle Harrier often times hunt in packs and they typically do not have problems with other dogs. Overall, this is a very good scenthound.
Of course, the Beagle Harrier is not only a hunter, but also a very lively, friendly and affectionate companion dog. This breed typically creates a very strong bond with its family and they want to be part of your all daily activities. These dogs are also known to be very good with kids and other dogs and if socialized from the puppyhood, they can even live with other household pets like cats. But, it is still a hunting breed and i would not suggest to leave smaller household pets alone with the Beagle Harrier, as the dog might chase the other pet. It is just their natural instinct.
5) Not for everyone
Even though the Beagle Harrier is an affectionate and loving companion, it is still not a dog for everyone and it is not the best choice for novice dog owners. It is because even though this breed is very intelligent, they also have mind of their own and they are quite independent, which means, that they are not total pushovers to train. Independent breeds always need extra patient and consistent trainers to show good results in obedience training. This breed is also known to be pretty vocal, they have higher exercise needs and they have higher prey drive. All those traits can be little bit challenging for a novice or unexperienced owner. But with the right owner, who have time for the dog and who like long outdoor walks, this might be an excellent partner.
As you already know, this dog looks like a large Beagle or a small Harrier and indeed, the size is just in between these two breeds with the average height between 45-50 cm, which is 18-20 inch and weight between 19-21 kg, which is 42-46 pounds. There are no extreme size differences between males and females.
As you can probably imagine, these dogs are very lively and they have rather higher exercise needs. The Beagle Harrier definitely needs daily longer outdoor walks accompanied with some vigorous playtime and fun training sessions with a lot of rewards. Without enough exercise, these dogs can develop some unwanted behaviour, such as excessive barking or digging. If you want to have healthy and happy Beagle Harrier in your home, than regular exercise is absolutely essential.
The Beagle Harrier comes in the great looking tricolor, which is fawn with black blanket and white. They can also be little bit grey. The coat is practical for the hunt and it is very thick, relatively short, but not too short.
Speaking of the coat, it is important to mention the maintenance and grooming as well and luckily, it is not a hard task with this breed. These dogs do shed, so regular brushing is beneficial to remove the dead and loose hair and minimize the shedding. Regular brushing will also remove any dirt from the coat and keep the coat in best possible condition. No other grooming is required. Just like with all dogs, you should regularly check the dogs ears, eyes, nails and teeth and clip them or clean them if needed.
This is relatively healthy dog breed with good lifespan around 13 years. These dogs are probne to some joint and bone problems, such as hip and elbow dysplasia and intervertebral disc disease. Other health issues may include patellar luxation, some eye problems or some allergies.
The Cesky Terrer is relatively young dog breed, developed in the 1900s by czech breeder Frantisek Horak by crossing Sealyham Terrier with the Scottish Terrier. Horak wanted to create a great light, short legged and well pigmented hunting dog with narrow chest and moderately sized head, which would be excellent at digging and that would have very good stamina and endurance. He started the breeding in 1940s and the breed was officially presented to public in 1956.
Just like with all the terrier breeds, even the original purpose of Cesky Terrier is hunting. These dogs were bred to hunt in Czech forests. They were most often hunting foxes, but also hares or even deers. These dogs used their strong sense of smell, independence, good endurence and short body which enables them to follow the prey under the ground.
Today, these dogs are not hunting that often as in the past, but their loving, affectionate and loyal personality makes them perfect family companions as well. These dogs are known to create a strong bond with its family and they crave for attention from us. The Cesky Terrier can live with kids in the family as well, but of course, you should never leave any dog breed with very young child unsupervised. These dogs can also live with other dogs in the family, especially if raised together from the puppyhood, but other smaller household pets like hamsters or rabbits might be problematic due to the Ceskys higher prey drive.
Interesting fact is, that the Cesky Terrier changes color as it grows. These dogs are born black or black and tan and the color will fade as the dog ages. When the dog is 3 years of age or older, than its coat should be in shades of gray, ranging from charcoal to platinum.
This is quite active dog breed which needs regular exercise to stay in good shape and happy. Daily longer walks, some fun training sessions and regular playtime will keep the dogs mind and body stimulated. Thanks to the Cesky Terriers working ethic and intelligence, they also make good adepts for various dog sports and they do compete in agility or in obedience trials. It is important to exercise your dog, otherwise, it might develop some unwated behaviour such as destruction.
This is pretty small, short legged dog breed, but with quite strong and sturdy body. The average height is between 10-13 inch, which is 25-33 cm and weight is usually between 16-22 pounds, which is 7-10 kg. There are no extreme size differences between males and females.
Even though officially recognized by many kennel clubs around the world, even including the biggest kennel clubs such as AKC or FCI, this is still relatively rare breed, which can be mainly found in its homeland, which is Czech Republic and Slovakia. You can also find these dogs in neighboring Czech countries, such as Germany, they also gained some popularity in Scandinavian countries or in Great Britain. The popularity of this dog is slowly growing and today, you can even find these dogs in the USA, but their numbers in America are in hundreads, so you would be very lucky to see them in here.
The Cesky Terrier loves its family, but it is also known to be quite alert and cautious around strangers. This is why these dogs can be pretty good watchdogs, as it is almost guaranteed that they will alert you when they will hear or see something suspicious around the house. It is also a reason, why they should be extensively socialized with strangers as puppies.
The Cesky Terriers coat does require some maintenance. Most similar shor legged terriers have coats, that need to be hand stripped. The grooming of Cesky is little bit easier and hand stripping is not necessary, but the coat should be cut with clippers or scissors. Regular brushing is also needed to prevent matting and tangling. Just like with all dogs, you should also regularly check the dogs ears, eyes, teeth and nails and clip them or clean them if needed.
The Cesky Terrier is known to be usually very healthy dog breed with average lifespan between 13-15 years. Of course, they may suffer from some health issues and this breed ocassionally suffers from Scottie Cramp, Cerebellar Abiotrophy or some allergies.
Hounds in Poland has a long history and the Ogar Polski is an old-established breed in this European country. Different hounds similar to Ogar Polski are mentioned in Polish books since the 11th century, but the first real description of Polish Hound is from the year 1779 from the book „The beginnings of the natural history and farming of the national domestic and wild animals“ by Krzysztof Kluk.
Because the breeds history is quite old and not very well documented, no one can be really sure when exactly was the breed developed and what exactly are the breeds ancestors, but one popular theory suggest, that one of the important ancestors are Bloodhounds brought to Poland in Middle Ages and that were crossed with local Polish hunting dogs. Another theory suggest that the Polish Hounds main ancestor is Kostroma Hound.
3) Two types
The Polish Hound almost dissappeared and went extinct during the Second World War. Luckily, there were some breed enthusiasts who tried to revive the breed. The most important breeders were Józef Pawłusiewicz who developed light boned type of Ogar Polski and Piotr Kartawik, who developed heavier boned type. It was the Kartawiks heavier boned dog who was later officially recognized by the FCI in 1966.
The main job and utilization of Polish Hound is of course hunting, which is a purpose for which they were used for most of their history. It is a very good scent hound with incredible sense of smell, higher prey drive, agile and endurant body and with a pure, loud and resonant voice which is ideal for a hunting breed. Today, they are most often hunting wild boars or foxes, but back in the past they were commonly used for hunting hares or deers as well.
Unlike some other hound breeds, the Ogar Polski is not only a skilled hunter, but also a perfect family companion for active people. This breed is known to be very affectionate, quite gentle, very friendly, but also adventurous and playful. These dogs mature relatively slowly and they act puppy like even when they are relatively older. It is also very intelligent breed capable of learning new tricks and commands fairly easily. The Polish Hound typically does not have problems with kids or other dogs in the family, but they can chase other household pets.
The Ogar Polski is a large dog with long muzzle, athletic and muscular body and almond shaped, dark brown eyes with gentle expression. The average height of this breed is between 55-65 cm, which is 21-26 inch and weight is usually between 20-32 kg, which is 44-70 pounds Females are naturally slightly smaller than males.
If you are not from Poland or from neighboring Polish countries, it is almost guaranteed that you did not see this breed on your own eyes. It is because even in Poland, this breed is very rare and it is almost impossible to find them outside Poland. The future of this breed is in hand of the few breeders located in this country who are preserving the breed and luckily, even though very rare, the breed is definitely not on the verge of extinction anymore.
This breed has a short coat, but the coat is very dense and thick and it enables the dog to work outside even when its raining. The coat is kind of weatherproof and definitely very practical for hunting purposes. You can commonly find this dog in combination of brown underside and black on top running from the neck to the tail.
Speaking of the coat, it is important to mention maintenance and grooming as well and luckily, it is not a hard task with this breed! The short coat does not need almost any grooming, but it does shed a little and if you want to minimize the shedding and keep the coat in best possible condition, regular brushing in recommended. No other grooming is necessary. Just like with any other breed, you must regularly check the dogs ears, eyes, nails and teeth and clip them or clean them if needed.
Good fact is, that the Polish Hound is generally quite healthy dog with good lifespan between 13-14 years, which is pretty good for larger dog breeds. Of course, they can suffer from some health issues, which may include hip and elbow dysplasia, some allergies, ear infections or bloating.
1) Designer dog breed
The Chiweenie is a so called designer dog breed, which is basicly just a different term for a crossbreed. It is not a mutt, because mutt has an uncertain ancestry, while crossbreed, or designer dog breed always have an ancestry of two purebred dogs, in this case a Chihuahua and a Dachshund.
Of course, there have been unintentional mixes of Chihuahuas and Dachshunds for a long time, but those dogs were not bred intentionally and they were not named as Chiweenies. The intentional breeding with a goal of creating a new dog started in the late 1990s, most likely in North America, which is a home to most of todays crossbreeds. The main reason to cross these two dogs was to minimize the back problems, which are very typical for long Dachshund dogs.
The Chiweenie is a great companion, but it is rather active and playful companion than typical calm lap dog. It is because both, Chihuahuas and Dachshunds are known for their confidence, playfulness, higher energy especially for a small dog, charming and playful temperament and independent mind. If you are an active person who like outdoors, it is very likely that the Chiweenie will enjoy any activity with you. These dogs can also live with other dogs or pets in the family, but they should be socialized together from the puppyhood.
4) Training and exercise
As i just mentioned, this is relatively active breed, especially for its small size. These dogs need daily walks, playtime and fun training sessions to stay healthy and happy. Without enough physical and mental stimulation, they can develop some unwanted behaviour, most commonly excessive barking. The training of Chiweenie is not the easiest, since they are known to be independent and to have stubborn streaks, but with enough patience and consistency, they can easily learn all the basic obedience commands. Just like with any other breed, you should train the Chiweenie by rewarding them for positive behaviour by a lot of praising and treats. The training should be firm, but kind.
Just like with all crossbreeds, even the apperance of Chiweenie is little bit unpredictable. Most often these dogs look like Chihuahuas, but with longer body and shorter legs. But they can inherit the Dachshund head as well. Typically these dogs have smaller head, bigger ears, small feet and long tails. They have alert, but gentle and loving expression in their large and dark colored eyes.
As you can probably expect from a cross between Dachshund and Chihuahua, this is a very small dog. Most often the height is somewhere between 6-10 inch, which is 15-25 cm and weight is usually between 5-12 lbs, which is 2-5,5 kg. There are no extreme size differences between males and females.
Just like majority of crossbreeds, even the Chiweenies name is a mix of its parents names. Chi is from Chihuahua and Weenie is from the Dachshunds nickname – Wiener dog. The Chiweenie is known under some other names as well, such as Mexican Hot Dog, Doxiwawa, Dachuahua, Chiwee, Choxie or German Taco. But most often, people use the name Chiweenie when they are talking about this crossbreed.
I mentioned that the appearance of Chiweenie is not predictable and that is especially true for the coat. It is because both – Chihuahuas and Dachshunds – have different coat types, which include short and long hair for both plus rough Dachshund coat. The Chiweenie can inherit any of these coat types, but most often, they have a short and smooth coat. These dogs can be found in almost any color and color combination, but most common colors are brown, black and white. Some dogs are singlecolored, some can be in mixture of various colors and some can even be brindle.
The maintenance and grooming really depends on the coat type your Chiweenie inherited, but the most common short coat is very easy to maintain. Even without any grooming, they will keep the coat in good condition, but of course, regular brushing is beneficial as it will remove dead hair and dirt. The long haired Chiweenies coat needs to be brushed more often in order to prevent tangling and matting. But overall, the maintenance and grooming is fairly simple. Just like with any other breed, you should regularly check their eyes, ears, nails and teeth and clip them or clean them if needed.
The Chiweenie is a relatively healthy dog breed with great lifespan around 15 years. Of course, they can suffer from some health issues and they are predisposed to the same health issues as its parents, which may include patellar luxation, intervertebral disc disease, hemophilia, hypoglycemia and very common are dental issues.
Foxhunting with a pack of bawling hounds is a brittish tradition since the 1600s. For this purpose, the hunters needed an athletic, brave, pack oriented and smart breed with great senses and high prey drive. The perfect breed for this purpose is the English Foxhound, which was developed from strong stag-hunting dog, which gave the breed stamina and strength and from fast Greyhound-like hounds, which gave the dog agility and speed. The stud books published by Masters of Foxhound Association dates back before 1800s and it is possible to track down ancestry of a purebred English Foxhound to this date.
The main utilization of this breed is of course hunting. What hunters value the most about this breed is its determination and passion for the hunt, great senses and excellent stamina. Just like majority of hunting dogs, even the English Foxhound is kind of independent and intelligent breed, which enjoys company of other dogs, but that can chase other household pets. But of course, this can be vastly influenced by early socialization.
Of course, this is not only hunter and many English Foxhounds today are typical family pets and companions. And the English Foxhound is a great companion for active people who like outdoors. The English Foxhound is known to create a very strong bond with its family and to be playful, gentle, affectionate and sociable. These dogs crave for our affection and they are quite loyal to its pack. The English Foxhound is also known to be gentle and playful partner for kids, but of course, you should never leave any dog breed with a very young child unsupervised.
4) American Foxhound
The English Foxhounds and American Foxhounds are close relatives. The original Foxhound is from England and it was use to create a new breed by crossing to several imported French Hounds which led to establishment of American Foxhound. The main difference is, that the American breed is little bit taller and slimmer than the English Foxhound. BTW, one of the person who is credited for developing the American Foxhound is George Washington.
As you can probably expect from a hunting breed, this is a lively and energetic dog that needs plenty of exercise to stay healthy and happy. The English Foxhound is always ready for any outdoor adventure and you must také them on daily longer walks accompanied with some playtime or fun training session to keep their body and mind stimulated. Without enough exercise, the English Foxhound can develop some unwanted behaviour such as excessive barking or destruction.
This is an athletic, healthy looking and strong dog breed with average height between 20-27 inch, which is 51-69 cm and weight is usually between 25-34 kg, which is 55-75 pounds. Females are naturally slightly smaller than males.
7) Not for novices
Even though quite intelligent, the English Foxhound is not the best choice for novice or unexperienced dog owners. It is because, just like almost all the hunting breeds, they are quite independent and know how to be stubborn. Because of that, they need firm, but kind, consistent and patient trainer who will properly train them and socialize them. Their high energy, prey drive and strength also makes them somehow harder to manage for unexperienced owners.
The coat of English Foxhound is short, shiny, weatherproof, and dense in any color combination of hound colors. It is a very practical coat which enables the dog working and hunting even in rainy weather for long time. Most often, you will find these dogs in tricolor, tan, red or black with a white base.
Speaking of the coat, it is important to mention the maintenance and grooming. And a great fact is, that the grooming is very simple. Even without any grooming, they will keep the coat in good condition. Of course, regular brushing is beneficial, because it will remove dirt from the coat, dead hair, minimize the shedding and it will keep the coat in the best possible condition. No other grooming needs are necessary. Just like with any other breed, you should regularly check their eyes, ears, nails and teeth and clip them or clean them if needed.
English Foxhounds are generally healthy dogs with average lifespan between 11-13 years. Of course, just like any other breed, they may suffer from some health issues, which may include hip dysplasia, epilepsy, kidney disease or some allergies.