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Description: The Harrier looks like a smaller version of the English Foxhound and a larger version of the Beagle. Harriers must have all the attributes of a scenting pack hound, including a keen sense of smell and a good nature. They are friendly, gentle, and responsive, making them charming family companions. Raised in a pack, they get along well with other dogs and even bond with them. Harriers are excellent at scenting, chasing and running down prey. They have a high prey drive. They are very loyal and happy around family and pack, and enjoy their company. They are outgoing, enthusiastic and curious. Harriers are true hounds at heart. They are independent, willful, vocal and somewhat stubborn. They are of a medium build, with the hound colors of a Beagle, as well as the resemblance of one. They are solid, muscular dogs that have a square muzzle and round brown eyes. They have floppy drop ears, with paws that are turned in. They come in black, tan and white colors usually, and are very low maintenance dogs. Harriers are excellent with people and other dogs alike, making them highly desirable for a family needing a friendly hound dog.
black, tan and white, but all hound colors are acceptable. The are
Harriers are active, friendly, and stubborn. They get along well with anyone,
although they may chase smaller animals. Harriers love to be in their pack
of dogs or in their pack of humans. They can be independent and should be
trained early on to let them know who's boss. Harriers never bite or snap.
They are gentle and affectionate, and good with children. They have great
stamina, love to hunt, and tend to wander.
Care and Training:
Minimal coat care is required for the Harrier. A routine rubdown with a
harsh cloth and massage will release dead hairs. Keep ears clean and nails
trimmed. Harriers need regular exercise or they may become fat and lazy.
Harriers enjoy the outdoors, but should not be left alone, as they are inclined
to wander if they are free. Obedience training is recommended at an early
age, as they will become more stubborn as time goes on.
Health Issues: Harriers are one of the healthiest breeds. Rare cases of hip dysplasia, epilepsy and temperament problems are known to occur, however.
Life Span: 12 - 14 years.
Country of Origin:
First Registered by the AKC:
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