Male Height (typical): 48-53 cm. (19-21 inches) Female Height (typical): 48-53 cm. (19-21 inches) Size: Small – Small – Medium Male Weight (typical): 18-27 kg. (40-60 pounds) Female Weight (typical): 18-27 kg. (40-60 pounds) Country of Origin: United States Exercise Required: Daily long walks. Expected Life Span: 12 – 14 Years Best suited as: Hunting Dog, Family Pet Other names:
Description – The Harrier is very similar in appearance to the English Foxhound and is often mistaken for it. It is slightly smaller than this dog, which allows it to get into tighter hides and thickets. Even though it shares many of the same physical traits as a Beagle such as floppy ears and stout body it is a separate and distinct breed. It can be found in colors ranging from chocolate to white, red and grey. Its compact body allows it to chase prey from most hiding spots and can hunt for hours if needed.
Origin & History – The Harrier is believed to have been a breed that started in the United States with the English Foxhound and was bred to be smaller with better stamina. It was designed to be able to enter holes and hides that the Foxhound could not fit and was quickly adopted as a cherished hunting companion the world over. Its name is derived from the fact that it was originally used for hunting hare. It was actually preferred over the English foxhound by some hunters as it was easier to keep up with its slower pace while hunting. It also has excellent stamina and doesn’t require the frequent rest of other hunting breeds. In addition to its use in hunting, the Harrier makes an excellent family pet and is very devoted.
Temperament – This breed is a pack dog that will bond very quickly with other dogs and families. It prefers attention and makes a loving and loyal pet. While it will tolerate other dogs it adopts into its pack, care should be taken with other smaller animals in the home. The dog loves to please and will play with children for hours. While more active than an English foxhound, it is less active than a Beagle in both hunting and play. Because of its strong pack instinct the dog needs interaction on a regular basis and would not do well if left alone all day. It has a very independent personality when roaming and is a slave to its nose when it finds something interesting to pursue.
Exercise & Grooming – This breed is used to working and as such it needs a good bit of exercise. The best way for the Harrier to get this exercise is through daily walks or runs. This type of exercise allows it to burn off its excess energy and sharpen it tracking skills while following a scent. If the dog is kept in a backyard for playtime, great care should be taken to secure the area. If the dog senses prey it will do all it can to escape its confines and give chase. The dog has a shorter coat that is easily groomed by simple brushing. This can be done a few times a week with a short bristled brush to keep the coat shiny and clean.
Health Concerns – The Harrier is a very healthy breed and doesn’t suffer from any known aliments. It is susceptible to common injuries while hunting and should be checked for ticks and other parasites if very active outdoors. There are a normal number of cases of hip dysplasia in this breed that can be detected and corrected with regular visits to your veterinarian. Other than this, a good diet with adequate exercise will help this dog live a long and healthy life.
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