AKC Group: Hound
The Harrier is believed to have been bred from the English Foxhound from selective breeding. The name Harrier means “hound” in Norman-Saxon. It is believed that the Harrier was brought to England alongside the Normans. Harriers were developed to hunt hare and have also been used in fox hunting. Harriers are a rare breed in the U.S.
Size: 19 to 21 inches tall; 50 to 60 pounds
Color: Any color.
Life span: 10 to 12 years
Health problems: Lens luxation, epilepsy, progressive retinal atrophy, hip dysplasia.
Harriers are good natured, eager, responsive dogs that make great family pets. Known for their friendliness and sweet nature, they can also be stubborn, willful and have an independent streak. Harriers have plenty of energy and enjoy a wide array of outdoor activities. They need plenty of physical and mental stimulation to avoid boredom and destructiveness. Harriers love to explore and shouldn’t be allowed off leash and you should provide a secure fenced yard. A Harrier is not a good choice for you if you have little time to devote to a canine. Harriers get along well with children and is friendly to strangers. They do well with other dogs but require socialization to get along with smaller companion animals. Some Harriers are difficult to housebreak. General training can be
difficult due to their independent streak. In general, though, they are quick learners. For successful training, you should be confident and assertive. Start obedience training at an early age. Harriers also love participating in agility or tracking pursuits. In general, apply a Nothing in Life is Free training mentality with your Harrier. Make him work for things. Harriers adore food, so that can be a strong motivator for them. As a hound, they bay.Some Harriers like to dig.
A Harrier looks like a mini Foxhound. The medium sized Harrier have sturdy builds with an eager expression. The Harrier coat is short and hard. Grooming requirements are low. Brush him occasionally. Check his low hanging ears often to ensure they’re clean and dry to help him avoid infections.

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