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Harrier Facts

  • Group
  • Hound
  • Affiliations
  • Height
  • 19" - 21"
  • Weight
  • 45-55 lbs.
  • Lifespan
  • 12 years | Add yours

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  • Exercise Requirement
  • High - This breed requires vigorous daily activity
  • Training Requirement
  • Difficult to Train
  • Grooming Requirement
  • Easy
  • Colors
    • Various Colors
  • Breed Characteristics
    • Good with children
    • Hunting heritage
    • Should sleep indoors

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Alternate Names

None known


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.

Health Concerns

Epilepsy, hip dysplasia, temperament problems.

Additional Information

This dog requires regular exercise.

Show Sources & Contributors +


The Howell Book Of Dogs

Publisher: Wiley Publishing Inc, 2007

Website: http://www.wiley.com/WileyCDA/

Author: Liz Palika

Dog Bible

Publisher: BowTie Press, 2005

Website: http://www.bowtiepress.com/bowtie/

Authors: Kristin Meuh-Roe, Jarelle S. Stein

Simon & Schusters Guide to Dogs

Publisher: Simon & Schuster inc, 1980

Website: http://www.simonandschuster.com

Author: Elizabeth Meriwether Schuler

The New Encyclopedia of the Dog

Publisher: Dorling Kindersley Publishing, 2000

Website: http://www.dk.com

Author: Bruce Fogle

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