Breed origin: England
Original purpose: Hunt hares in packs.
AKC recognized: 1885
AKC group: Hound
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
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.
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Other websites for additional information:
American Kennel Club breed page
Harrier Club of America
Wikipedia breed information page
Harrier Club of America Rescue
Page Last Updated: February 1, 2018