Breed Description +

Known for their 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. Outgoing and friendly, as a working pack breed, Harriers should be able to work closely with other hounds.
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  • Observed Weight:

    34-67 lbs

  • Show Weight:

    35-60 lbs


Identifying Features:

Average Height: 19 - 21 in


It is believed that the Harrier is one of the oldest scent hounds in existence. Some believe the Harrier descends from a breed known as the Southern Hound, with a tinge of Greyhound blood. Others claim that the dog is a combination of the now extinct Talbot and Saint Hubert Hounds, and possibly the French Basset Hound. Whatever the origin, today's Harrier resembles a cross between a Beagle and an English Foxhound and the breed is well suited to hunting foxes. The Harrier was mostly used by the wealthy class; however they were also popular among the poor who were unable to afford horses for their hunt. The Harrier has a keen sense of smell, a quick wit and is practically inexhaustible. Many times the prey of this breed simply collapses from the pure exhaustion of the chase. The Harrier remains a rare breed in the United States, but it is still popular in England where it carries the reputation of being a working dog. Harriers were one of the first breeds recognized by the American Kennel Club, in 1885, and were exhibited at the very first Westminster Kennel Club show in 1877.

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