At A Glance

Size: Medium

Weight: 48 - 60 lbs.

Height: 18" - 22"

Life Span: 11 - 12 years


Also know as: Harehound

Group: Hound

Origin: Great Britain (Middle Ages)

Today's Role: Companion Dog, Hunting

History and Facts: First developed in western England in the 13th century, the Harrier is most likely a cross of the English Foxhound and the ancestors of the modern-day Beagle. By the early 1900s, the breed was nearly extinct. A revival has establish the breed once again in England and the U.S.

Temperament / Behavior
Sweet, cheerful and somewhat playful. Due to its origins as a packhound, it is a very social breed that prefers the company of other dogs, people and children. May be aggressive with cats and other small pets unless it has been raised with them from a young age. Some pet Harriers may take to "baying" (prolonged howling) like their hunting ancestors, which may be a nuisance to owners...and their neighbors.

Breed-Related Health Concerns
Generally healthy, but dogs from some lines may rarely experience hip dysplasia or epilepsy.

Special Needs
Exercise: The Harrier requires frequent exercise due to its hunting nature. This dog makes an excellent jogging partner, and loves to play in wide open spaces. Rural environments are most suitable to the Harrier's active lifestyle.

Grooming: No special grooming requirements.


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