- AKC recognized in 1885
- Lifespan: 12-15 years
- Size: Medium
- Energy: High
- Recommended Crate Size: 36” dog crate*
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The Harrier originally comes from Great Britain. It is a medium-sized dog that is similar to the English Foxhound, though smaller in size. Adult Harriers are approximately 24 inches in height when standing and 65 lbs in weight.
This breed is very friendly, tolerant, cheerful, and highly active. The origin of this dog is still debated, but some people say that the Harrier was a descendant of the Talbot Hound, Bloodhounds, and Basset Hounds. Others say that it is the descendant of breed it looks similar to, the English Foxhound. These dogs were bred as pack hunters of hares and foxes in England and Ireland, but today most of their dog owners keep them as pets.
The American Kennel Club formally recognized the Harrier in 1885. These high energy dogs are known as powerful, friendly, outgoing, and people-oriented. They are good with children as well as other dogs. The Harrier also resembles the Beagle but is larger with stronger muscles.
The Harrier's body has a sturdy build, which is really suitable for hunting. It has some color options such as red-brown, white, and red and white. Its coat is not too thick and resembles that of the Beagle and English Foxhound. Its facial expression and soft eyes often resemble a sad person.
It is recommended to provide feed formulated to medium-sized breeds. It is highly recommended to discuss your dog’s feed with your veterinarian and/or breeder in order to determine size and frequency of meals in order to ensure a health, long life. It is also important to ensure that clean, fresh water is always available.
Since this breed has a short coat, it does not need significant grooming. That being said owners still need to perform regular cleaning to remove debris and dust on its body. Using a soft brush is a good idea to clean their coat. Its nails must also be trimmed regularly to prevent it from overgrowth and painful cracking. Owners are encouraged to brush the Harrier's teeth regularly. Finally, the ears must also be checked often and debris and wax removed, which may cause infection.
This dog belongs to the very active dog group and loves outdoor activities. Owners can train this dog but still should always supervise them carefully around small animals. Due to its high energy requirements, moderate exercise is required for between 45-60 minutes per day.
Pet Crate Size
Pet Crates Direct recommends 36” dog crates* for most adult Harriers.
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