Height: 19-21 inches
Weight: 45-60 lbs.
Life Span: 11-12 yrs.
Breed Group: Scent Hounds
Harriers are affectionate and so friendly they greet strangers as if they
were old friends. They love children but may sometimes be too playful for
toddlers, knocking them down in their enthusiasm.
Harriers are great for families that play hard. Exercise is very important
(if it is lacking, these dogs may become howlers, barkers, or diggers).
Harriers get along with other dogs but if not raised with cats will sometimes
chase them. They usually do well in obedience training, although they can
become distracted by different scents.
The harrier looks like a small English foxhound. Its coat is short, dense,
and glossy. It is seen in all colors, especially black, tan, and white,
Grooming & Exercise Needs
The harrier needs to be brushed once a week.
Long walks are required and runs in the country are recommended for this
high-energy dog. Harriers are wonderful companions for joggers, hikers,
bikers, and horseback riders--they can run all day long.
The harrier was developed in England in the 12th century to hunt in packs
for hare and fox.
The harrier thrives in the country, but its tracking instinct makes it unsuitable
for city life or even life in the suburbs if there is only a small yard.
Reference: AKC - American Kennel Club