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Name : Harrier

Other Names : Harehound

Origin : England

Size Type : Medium Dog Breed

Breed Group : Hound dog breeds

Life span : 10-13 years

Litter Size : 7-8 puppies

Temperament : friendly, outgoing, happy

Height : 18"-21"

Weight : 45-60 LBS

Colors : The harrier comes in a few different colors: Black White & Tan, Red & White, Black & Tan, Lemon & White, White.

Puppy Price : $1000+ Harrier's are very rare and aren't easy to find.

Body type

This breed originated in England. It was created to hunt hare in packs, harriers body should resemble this hunting ability and have all the attributes of any scenting pack hounds. They are built strong and sturdy. They must be active and be able to move freely. They have high endurance and are able to do work for hours upon end. Their nose is an important feature that helps this breed thrive.

The head is built in proportion to the rest of the body. No parts of the head stand out. They carry a gentle expression, yet alert. Eyes are medium of almond shape. Eye color is in correlation with coat color. Ears hang low of medium size with rounded tips.

Long shoulders sloping into the muscular back. The forequarters are well covered with muscles without being excessive. Helping with proper movement and still holding strength. Good straight legs with a thick bone throughout. Feet are round and resemble that of a cat, with toes pointing slightly inward with well developed pads.

The long neck is strong and covered in tight skin. Flowing smoothly into the muscle of the forequarters. The backline is level. Chest is deep and extends to the elbows, with well developed ribs. Providing plenty of room to improve breathing. Short, in line loin help this animal move efficiently.

The rear is firmly built and moves efficiently. Well developed strength help the Harrier endure hours of laborious work. This breed is focused on endurance over speed as the body resembles this.


The harrier has a short, dense and glossy coat. The coat around the face posses a softer fill than the rest of the body. They do shed a moderate amount, but a weekly brush will help minimize all signs of hair on your clothes and furniture. They are easy to groom and don't require much of any effort.


Good with Kids : 100 %
Cat Friendly : 50 %
Dog Friendly : 100 %
Trainability : 66 %
Shedding : 50 %
Watchdog : 83 %
Intelligence : 83 %
Grooming : 33 %
Popularity : 16 %
Adaptability : 66 %
Hypoallergenic : No
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The harrier is a rare breed that many dog fanciers haven't ever seen. They were bred to hunt in packs after small prey in the UK. This breeding purpose has turned them into pack, or a family oriented breed. They are a loving companion of medium size and an athletic build. They aren't exactly built for speed but more for endurance. Many dog owners confuse them with the beagle. The biggest distinction is the Harrier's bigger size and more athletic build. Don't expect to see them around your neighbor hood, it's been known to only see a mere 30 registered Harriers produced every year. They thrive in a pack setting typically with humans or other dogs. Be careful with them around cats or other small animals as they are likely to view them as prey. Harriers are an active dog that can be a handful to try and contain. They need a secure yard from top to bottom to help maintain this breed. They are avid diggers, this habit takes training and sufficient exercise to break. Harriers are good watch dogs and will alert you to any suspicious activity. They defiantly aren't good guard dogs as they wouldn't hurt a fly and are loving towards all humans. To break it down, this dog breed needs a lot of exercise and a ton of training to ensure t hey behave correctly. Do to this this breed isn't a good choice for first time dog owners.


The harrier comes in a few different colors: Black White & Tan, Red & White, Black & Tan, Lemon & White, White. The most typical color formations is of tri colored. Commonly referred to as a smaller version of the English Foxhound.

Health Problems

The Harrier is a generally healthy breed. Most members of this breed have little health problems. Make sure to do your research when purchasing a puppy and only purchase puppies from parents that have been health tested. The most common health condition in this breed is of Hip Dysplasia. This is the improper formation of the hip joint, this genetic defect can be painful and eventually result in death.


The Harrier was bred to have a lot of endurance and ever lasting energy. Saying this the Harrier needs a lot of exercise and plenty of time to disburse his energy. If they don't get sufficient exercise they are likely to become destructive and tear up everything in your yard or house. Harriers don't do well in apartment living. They need sufficent room to exercise in at least a medium to large size yard. Your yard has to be escape proof as this breed is a true master mind at escaping.


The harriers genealogy is a mess of pretty conflicting stories. Harrier comes from Norman French and meant hound or dog. The best guess of the crossing made from this breed is a cross of bloodhounds, Basset hounds, and Talbot hounds all originating from now a day France and Belgium.

The Harrier was developed and bred in England. Packs of dogs that were similar to the Harrier have been reported as early as 1260.
In the beginning these packs were used to hunt hare with the hunters following behind. They were bred to be slower and more of an elaborate hunter. As man started to evolve and Hunt more on horses so did the Harrier as they were bred for speed as well.

The Harrier was much more popular than the beagle in the early 1890's. They continued to be popular for the next couple of decades.
Harriers are known to be a smaller version of the Foxhound. This breeds ancestors direct back to other purebred foxhounds.

Many of the most influential Kennel clubs recognize this breed and have for many years. England's Kennel Club hasn't recognized the Harrier since 1971. The harrier hasn't ever been popular in the show ring as they have more been used for Hunting over anything else.

Harriers have been reported of being in the U.S. as early as the 1700s. A few foundation packs were created and recognized at this time by the Masters of Foxhounds Association of America. The foreseeing club of all Harrier groups.

Although they have many outstanding attributes and make great family pets the Harriers haven't ever been a popular breed. In 110 years from 1884 to 1994, only 949 Harriers were registered with the American Kennel Club. Even with the low registration numbers a staggering 182 Harriers have become AKC champions, a truly staggering number considering number of registered.

The Harrier has a history that dates way back. This breed was the 13th breed recognized by the AKC, and just the 4th hound to be recognized. This breed has had a small fan base since the beginning even with it's extra long history.

From 1940 to 1958, not a single harrier was registered with the American Kennel Club. Although some were registered with other clubs. Most Harriers in the United states aren't ever registered with Kennel clubs, rather than Hunting packs.

Of the few Harriers in the USA are family dogs, some are still used to hunt small game.

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