Thinking about purchasing an Harrier? Then read our breed profile including a brief description, information on height, weight, color, coat, temperament, grooming, activity and history. Purchasing a new puppy is a commitment that may last ten or more years so please educate yourself on the Harrier breed, including all stages of their life from puppy hood to older dog.
Ask yourself will I be a good owner? Do I have the time it takes to train a new puppy? Do I have the resources to give my new dog a rewarding life. Do I have a local veterinarian that I can take my new dog to? Do I have a groomer or can I do the grooming myself on a regular basis. Fundamental requirements for a being a good Harrier owner;
Before making a purchase talk to the breeder, ask them many questions about their dogs and the breed in general. A good breeder will teach you about the Harrier and they will have many questions for you about your home and life style and if this breed is suited for you and your family.
Questions you may want to ask an Harrier Breeder:
It is recommended that you sign a contract with the breeder so that there will be no misunderstandings on the arrangements made. Then bring home your new Harrier and enjoy as "there is no greater love then a dog's devotion."
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.
18 - 22 inches.
black, tan and white, but all hound colors are acceptable. The are usually
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.
Harrier 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.
Harrier 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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