Breed origin: England
Original purpose: Hunt hares in packs.

AKC recognized: 1885
AKC group: Hound

Size: Height: 19 to 21 inches
Color: Any color.

Life span: 12 to 14 years.

General characteristics/temperament: The Harrier is active, sturdy, strong, outgoing, friendly, intelligent, and independent. They are able to work tirelessly for long periods in all kinds of terrain. They are very social and do not tolerate being left alone all day. They are scent hounds and will instinctively follow their noses and will get into trouble if allowed to roam. Fences must be secured both at the top and at the bottom to prevent jumping or digging to escape. They remain playful and clownish well into old age, and are talkative and can make a variety of different sounds, including baying, singing, groans, and sighs.

Good with children? Yes

Good with other dogs? Yes

Good with cats? Yes

Good watchdog? Yes

Protective? No

Energy/Activity Level: High

Good jogging partner? Yes

Suitable canine sports/activities: tracking, agility

Exercise requirement: Long vigorous walks or runs daily, and/or play sessions in large, safely enclosed, open spaces.

Grooming requirement: Regular brushing to minimize shedding. Occasional baths when needed.

Known health problems: Hip dysplasia, ear infections, allergies, hypothyroidism.

Recommended books for further reading:

Harrier (A Complete and Reliable Handbook)
By John Auborn, Donna Smiley-Auborn, and Kathryn Martel
Published in 1999
93 pages

Harrier (A Comprehensive Owner's Guide)
By Donna Smiley-Auburn
Published in 2010
158 pages

Other websites for additional information:

American Kennel Club breed page
Harrier Club of America
Wikipedia breed information page
Harrier Club of America Rescue

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