- AKC, CKC, UKC
- 19" - 21"
- 45-55 lbs.
- 12 years | Add yours
- Exercise Requirement
- Training Requirement
- Grooming Requirement
- Breed Characteristics
The Harrier originated in England.
Date Of Origin
The first pack of Harriers in England was the Penistone, which was established by Sir Elias Midhope in 1260.
The Harrier has been known for several centuries in its modern form and is believed to be descended from ancient scent hounds. It is used to hunt hare in packs, with the hunter on foot or horseback. In Great Britain, it is almost exclusively a hunting dog, but in North America it has found other jobs, including companion.
This is a medium size, solid, muscular dog that is slightly longer than it is tall. It has a square muzzle and wide nose. The eyes are brown or yellow and the ears are low set and medium length. The feet turn inward. The short smooth coat is usually tri-color but the dog may be a variety of colors.
The Harrier is an enthusiastic and friendly dog. It is very outgoing and gets along with almost everyone, including dogs and children. It is intelligent, independent minded and curious.
Its name, Harrier, reveals the breeds specialty. Its name derives from the Norman French word harier, which means hunting dog. Neither hare nor fox can escape its exceptional sense of smell, its cunning and its unequaled hardiness. Today this dog is found in the home as a companion dog.
Epilepsy, hip dysplasia, temperament problems.
This dog requires regular exercise.
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The Howell Book Of Dogs
Publisher: Wiley Publishing Inc, 2007
Author: Liz Palika
Publisher: BowTie Press, 2005
Authors: Kristin Meuh-Roe, Jarelle S. Stein
Simon & Schusters Guide to Dogs
Publisher: Simon & Schuster inc, 1980
Author: Elizabeth Meriwether Schuler
The New Encyclopedia of the Dog
Publisher: Dorling Kindersley Publishing, 2000
Author: Bruce Fogle