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Breed Organization
The Harrier Club of America
Native Country
Great Britain
Other Names
Life Expectancy
Approximately 12-15 Years
Litter Size
Average 7-8 Puppies
Breed Group
AKC Hound
Breed Appearance
A humorous, yet fairly accurate description of a Harrier is that of "a Beagle on steroids." It is a muscular hunting hound with a small, hard coat. It has large bones for stamina and strength. The Harrier is slightly longer than tall, with a level topline. The tail is medium-length, carried high, but is not curled over the back. The skull is broad with a strong square muzzle. The rounded ears are pendant, and the eyes are either brown or hazel. The wide nose is black. The expression is mellow when the dog is relaxed and alert when he is excited. The teeth should meet in a scissors or level bite. The feet are tight and cat-like, and the front toes may turn inward.

Breed Description
Head: Moderately wide, fairly long. Flat skull. Slight stop. Fairly long, pointed muzzle. Flews covering the lower jaw.
Ears: Set on high, V-shaped, nearly flat, fairly short.
Eyes: Medium-sized, oval, always dark.
Body: Powerful. Long, open neck. Chest taller than it is wide. Ribs not very rounded. Flank neither too full nor tucked up. Straight, muscular back. Strong, slightly arched loin.
Tail: Medium in length, slightly tufted and carried proudly.
Hair: Not too short and flat.
Coat: Usually white with black to orange shading. In France, generally tricolor with a black mantle covering the upper back.
Size: 48 to 55 cm (19-21.7 in).
Weight: approx. 25 kg (55 lb).

The Harrier is an ancient breed born in southern England and developed for hunting hare. He is a close cousin of other old English scenthounds, including the Talbot Hound (white, close-lying coat) and the Old Southern Hound (white with blue spots), himself descended from a strain of Gascon Saintongeois. He is also believed to have a splash of Foxhound blood and contributed to improving the Small Game Anglo-French Hound.

The Harrier is lively, quick, and keen-nosed, with great endurance and a very resonant voice. This little pack hound works well with other dogs and is easy to lead. He is ideal on hare and, in England, also runs fox. He is also used in shooting deer and wild boar. He needs firm training.

Hip dysplasia is known to occur in this breed.

He needs space and exercise, as well as regular brushing.

Hunting Dog/Pet.

Horse Herd