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• High energy level
• High exercise needs
• Moderately playful
• Moderately Affectionate
• Very friendly towards other dogs
• Very friendly around other pets
• Shy around strangers
• Easy to train
• Great watchdogs
• Not very protective
• Low grooming requirements
• Medium tolerance to heat
• Medium tolerance to cold


This dog breed is a descendant from the middle ages, the Harrier is an intelligent, energetic smaller version the English Foxhound. He’s good with children and loves to socialize with other animals. He’s got a more playful spirit than the foxhound, making him an ideal family pet for families with children who want a canine companion.

This dog is suited to hunting hares because of his smaller size, and has a great nose for allowing him to pursue his prey over almost any type of terrain for long periods; his endurance and energy keeps him going without tiring.

You’ll find this dog sniffing and trailing whenever given the opportunity. Be prepared for a little noise from this dog as he tends to bay.

  • Best suited to being a part of the family as opposed to living outdoors, even though they can handle a temperate climate with a comfortable place to sleep
  • Health conditions that need to be tested for include hip dysplasia and eye issues
  • Grooming needs include occasional brushing.
  • The Harrier is a friendly, loving animal that can be easily trained
  • Has a great relationship with family members, young and old, not very protective but they do make great watchdogs and love to bay
  • The average size of a male is 45 to 60lbs and 19 to 21 inches tall
  • The average size of a female is 35 to 45lbs and 19 to 21 inches tall

Care & Health:

Given daily exercise either in the form of a long daily walk or a vigorous romp in a fenced in yard and he’ll be your best friend, happy and content and playful. He’s a social breed, and given the chance, due to his pack hound heritage, he’ll be happy with his family or with other dogs.

His short coat is easy to maintain with an occasional brush to clean out any dead hair.

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Life Span:

– 10 to 12 years

Breed History:

Even though the history of the hound can be tough to pinpoint, it’s believed that the Harrier is one of the oldest scenthounds alive today, with beginnings in the middle ages. Harriers are traditionally pack dogs, and they were popular with not only the gentry who hunted on horseback, but also the commoners who had to follow on foot.

Despite the gentry’s tendency to keep these dogs, they grew to strong popularity in England because of the fact they could be followed on foot.

In the United States these scent dogs have been around as long as any of the other hound dog breeds, and despite their compact size, they never gained the recognition or desirability as show dogs or pets like many other hound dog breeds have.

  • Family history is scenthound
  • Originally from Great Britain
  • Originated in the Middle Ages
  • Original purpose was Trailing hares
  • Today they are used for trailing hare and fox