Harrier Puppies & Breed Information


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Breed Information

Breed Group: Hound

Weight: 40-60 lbs

Height: 19-21 inches

Color(s): White, Black and Tan, Lemon and White, Red and White, Black, White, and Tan


Originating in England during the 13th century, the Harrier breed was developed to hunt hare in packs. They were also used to hunt fox and rabbit, and were commonly referred to as the "poor man's foxhound". During the 17th and 18th century the Harrier breed was kept by aristocracy due to their ability to run with mounted hunters. The Harrier has a long history of popularity in England, but is still relatively rare in the United States.


An adept Scent Hound with a keen sense of smell, this Harrier breed is built for endurance. They are intelligent and possess an inquisitive nature. They are intense, somewhat independent, and focused. The Harrier is an athletic well-built breed with exceptional stamina.


The Harrier breed is tolerant, good-natured, and cheerful. As a pack dog they get along well with other dogs but are not recommended for homes with non-canine pets. They do well with children. The Harrier will become destructive and bay or howl incessantly if bored or lonely. They are very sociable, but typically bond more closely to other dogs than they do to people. Harrier's are often reserved with strangers.


The Harrier requires a minimal amount of grooming. Regular brushing to remove loose and dead hair is required. Bathing should be done when necessary. It is important to check the ears, paw pads, and nails regularly. Harrier's are prone to cataracts, hypothyroidism, and hip dysplasia.


The Harrier coat is glossy, hard, dense, and short. The hair on the ears is finer in texture than on the body. The Harrier breed is an average shedder.


The Harrier is intelligent and obedient but may be stubborn. They are naturally social. The Harrier breed excels in obedience, tracking, and agility. Training must be done with fairness, firmness, and consistency.


The Harrier breed is not recommended for apartment or city living. They require an inordinate amount of exercise, interaction, and stimulation. They do best in a rural setting with plenty of room to roam.


Help reduce the number of dogs in shelters by doing your due diligence. Many puppies are often purchased with little or no knowledge of what goes into parenting one. Uneducated decisions often leave the puppy in need of adoption and in the care of rescue groups. Bringing home a puppy into your family has many benefits but we first implore you to educate yourself. An informed decision will take into account the characteristics of the breed, your lifestyle, expected veterinary care, the demands and limitations of owning one, their activity requirements and levels of companionship required.

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Updated: 11/28/2014

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