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The Harrier, also called as Harehound, is a breed of small to medium-sized dog that originated in United Kingdom. It belongs to the hound breed family which is noteworthy for their exceptional hunting skills emphasized by their outstanding scenting power, speed, and or stamina. Harriers have been bred to become hare hunters. The breed resembles the English Foxhound, only that Harriers are a bit smaller. Their short glossy coat usually comes in various colors such as tan, white, and black.

Height and Weight

Both the male and female members of the Harrier breed normally stand a height of 19 to 21 in at the withers, and weigh about 40 to 60 lbs.


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Harriers, in general, are cheerful, outgoing, and playful dogs. They are sweet-tempered, tolerant, and fond with children. The breed gets along well with other canines, though needs supervision around small, non-canine pets. These active dogs like to sniff, roam, explore, and trail. Some members of the line like to bay. Harriers are determined and vigilant. They typically need firm yet gentle human leadership to remain well-adjusted. Patient yet stern training as well as adequate exercise are also necessary to keep these hound dogs from becoming destructive. Additionally, the breed has two known varieties: the field line and the bench line. The latter is suited for hunting as well as trailing, while the former is more appropriate for show purposes.


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Harriers are not demanding when it comes to coat care requirements. They only need occasional brushing to get rid of dead hair. Owners are also advised to keep the nails of their pets well-trimmed, and the ears clean.

Health Concerns


Harriers are generally a healthy and hardy breed. As a matter of fact, they have an average life expectancy of 10 to 13 years. Nevertheless, like any other canine, the breed is also prone to a few health issues such as hip dysplasia and epilepsy.

Best Environment

Members of the Harrier breed do best in rural environment with access to a securely fenced yard. These highly energetic dogs need owners with an active lifestyle. They are usually not recommended for apartment-living unless the handler can take them out for daily jogs, hunts, or hikes. The breed is relatively active indoors, and would appreciate living with acreage. Letting Harrier pets run freely in an unsafe place is not advisable.

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