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Harrier Breed Fact Sheet

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Harrier Breed Information

Group 4: Hounds

Energy Level: High

Original Function: Hunter of Hare

Temperament: Cheerful, sweet-tempered, and tolerant, it is excellent with children. This pack dog is good with other dogs, but should be supervised with non-canine pets – unless it is raised with them from puppyhood. It prefers life in a pack with people, dogs, or both. This active dog likes to go exploring, sniffing and trailing, so be sure to keep it on a leash or in a safe enclosed area.

Characteristics: A natural ability to hunt. Normally hunted on horse, but slower in pace than the Foxhound enabling him to be followed on foot.

Recommended for: Active people & families.

Be Aware: Love to chase things.

Lifespan: 12-15 yrs

 

Height: 48-53cm (19"-21")

Colour: Tri-colour - Black/White/Tan or Pied - Fawn/White

Coat: Short, dense & glossy

General Appearance: Medium sized. Broad head with powerful square muzzle & broad pendent ears. Dark round shaped eyes. Tail is long.

 

 

The Harrier stands mid-way between the Beagle and the Foxhound in height. It is assumed that they are descended from the Greek hounds brought to Britain. They were bred to hunt hare, they are a pack animal and usually prefer the company of the pack to humans. They are friendly, outgoing and fun loving, a true hound, they are energetic, independent, self-willed and persistent. Because they are naturally independent, sometimes have a stubborn nature, obedience training is highly recommended.

Grooming- easy coat to care for, only requiring a brush and a wash when necessary.

Exercise- plenty of exercise is needed to keep them fit and happy.

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