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Harrier – Dog Breed Guide

Breed summary

Size: Medium
Weight: 40 - 60 pounds
Height: 19 - 21 inches
Longevity: 12
Bark Tendency: Medium
Aggression: Medium
Compatibility to other pets: High

Adopt a Harrier, Dog Breed Guide your pets come first paw iconOfficial Name
Other Name:
Harehound your pets come first paw iconOrigin
Date – 1700’s to 1800’s
Country – Great Britain
Family / Group – Scent Hound, Hound your pets come first paw iconRecognized By
Continental Kennel Club
Fédération Cynologique Internationale
American Kennel Club
Canadian Kennel Club
Australian National Kennel Club
National Kennel Club
New Zealand Kennel Club
Harrier Club of America
American Pet Registry, Inc.
American Canine Registry
Dog Registry of America, Inc.
North American Purebred Registry, Inc. your pets come first paw iconHistory
The Harrier dog breed is one of the most resilient dogs. They have remained almost the same as they are today. These dogs saw minimal to no changes on their physical appearance and temperament which can be traced as far back as several centuries ago. These descendants of the ancient scent hounds are skilled pack hunters of hares and rabbits. The pack usually accompanies their masters who are either on foot or on horseback as they track and hunt on all sorts of terrain. They were so impressive on tracking and hunting hares that this dog breed earned the nick “Harehound”, which is quite a feat considering that they belong to a dog group that was specifically made to hunt small, medium and large game. Dog historians and experts believe that the Harrier may have been down bred from English Foxhounds. Today, Harriers play various roles besides being hare hunter specialists. In the United States, they are quickly becoming a popular companion and service dogs. your pets come first paw iconPersonality
The Harrier is a dog known to be intelligent and independent-minded even if it’s a natural pack hunter. They are quite curious but will get along with almost everyone including children and other dogs. Naturally outgoing, these dogs are enthusiastic and very friendly both at home at our in the field. your pets come first paw iconBred For
A scent hound that was developed to excel as pack hunters of hares and rabbits. your pets come first paw iconEnvironment
Harriers are not recommended to be kept as pets in apartment buildings and condominium complexes. They can do fine in these types of living conditions provided that their owners are very active people who will take them jogging, hiking as well as hunting. your pets come first paw iconGrooming
The shorthaired coat of the Harrier is a dog breed that is easy to groom. They are low maintenance types of dogs when grooming is concerned and are known to shed hair in moderate amounts. your pets come first paw iconTraining
Typical of scent hounds breeds, training can be a bit difficult for their independent trait. They are also a bit stubborn and like most scent hounds, these dogs will easily lose focus once a scent has attracted them. your pets come first paw iconHealth
There are three major health concerns for the Harrier dog breed and these are epilepsy, hip dysplasia, and temperament problems. your pets come first paw iconExercise
Take Harriers on long brisk walks every day is a must. Taking them jogging daily is ideal!