Known for his strong nose, the Harrier, a scent hound, was developed in England to hunt hare in packs. Although the Harrier is a smaller version of the English Foxhound, he is still a sturdy, large-boned dog. The breed will work tirelessly, no matter the terrain, for long periods. Today, they serve as family companions and excel in tracking and agility. The coat may be any color.
The Harrier’s popularity in England rose due to his slower hunting speed – the pack could be followed on foot! Despite the stories about the ancient origins of the Harrier, most believe that the dogs were bred down in size from English Foxhounds. Harriers have existed in the United States as long as any of the other scent hound breeds and have been used for hunting since the Colonial times.
Outgoing and friendly, the Harrier is a pack dog, so he generally gets along well with other animals. He is also very people-oriented and will want to be near his family. The Harrier requires some form of daily exercise, but must be kept on leash or in a fenced area due to his desire to run and follow his nose. Very intelligent, Harriers can be trained easily. Their short coats do not require much grooming, but regular brushing can keep shedding down.
- Hound Group; AKC recognized in 1885.
- Ranging in size from 18 to 22 inches tall at the shoulder.
- Hare hunter.