Harrier Breed Information


The rare Harrier has a life expectancy of 12 to 15 years.

The true origins of the Harrier, or Hare Hound, are a mystery. One theory speculates that the Harrier is simply a bred down version of the English Foxhound while another theory speculates the Harrier is a cross of the old Southern Hound and the Greyhound.

Although no one knows the exact history of the Harrier, it is known that the first Harrier pack emerged in England in 1260. As the name suggests, the Harrier was developed to track down hares. Hunters found them to be slower than other breeds and could more easily keep up with them while on foot.  

The Harrier weighs 40 to 60 pounds and measures 18 to 22 inches.

Grooming Needs
The Harrier is a low-maintenance breed when it comes to grooming. The Harrier has a short, rough coat that only needs to be brushed weekly and bathed when dirty. Like all dogs, the Harrier also needs basic grooming. Brush their teeth, clean their ears and trim their nails on a regular basis.  

The Harrier is outgoing and social, with a high energy drive.

The Harrier is a true family dog. The Harrier loves people and loves being around them. Harriers are friendly and playful. They enjoy attention, but do not demand it like other breeds. With children, Harriers are especially patient and tolerant, and can make great playmates.

The Harrier is a pack animal by nature. As such, they thrive in a large family and get along well just about everyone including new people, other dogs and other pets. Harriers will bark when a strange person or animal approaches, but they are too friendly to be effective guard dogs.

Training Needs
The Harrier is very intelligent, but independent and stubborn. They are known to be howlers and diggers. Basic obedience training can go a long way with Harriers, but they may never stop their not-so-great habits. Harriers respond best to positive reinforcement and early socialization. Once properly trained, they can go on to compete in tracking and agility.  

Activity Level
The Harrier has lots of energy and lots of stamina. The Harrier was bred to hunt and loves to run and be active. The Harrier needs a long daily walk and can also make a great jogging or hiking companion. They also need regular time in a secure area outside to run around and play. Harriers are happiest and healthiest with one to two hours of activity each day. Without regular activity, they can act out and become destructive.

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