Harriers look like swollen Beagles, all muscle and power packed in their bodies. A packhound at heart, this dog has a playful, silly side and will be happiest in a home with other dogs to keep her company.
This breed is somewhat rare and very vocal — you'll always know when something's on your Harrier's mind. And we don't just mean barking, either: expect grumbles, moans, and other noises to convey the broad range of this pup's emotions.
Originally from Great Britain, this medium-sized and high-energy breed can grow to between 45-60 pounds and lives an average of 12-15 years. The breed is recognized by the American Kennel Club and classified as a member of the Hound group.
|Breed's original pastime||Hunting|
|Average lifespan||12-15 years|
|Bark factor||I love to talk!|
|Date of origin||Middle ages|
|Original function||Trailing hare and fox|
|Today's function||Trailing hare and fox|
|Average size of male||Height: 19-21 Weight: 45-60|
|Average size of female||Height: 19-21 Weight: 35-45|
|Energy level||High energy|
|Affection level||Moderately affectionate|
|Friendliness toward other dogs||Friendly|
|Friendliness toward other pets||Friendly|
|Friendliness toward strangers||Shy|
|Ease of training||Easy to train|
|Protection ability||Not very protective|
|Grooming needs||Low maintenance|
|Cold tolerance||Medium tolerance|
|Heat tolerance||Medium tolerance|
BEHAVIOR & TRAINING
WHAT IS A HARRIER'S PERSONALITY LIKE?
Harriers are social butterflies: they're friendly, outgoing dogs who want to be around people (including supervised kids) and animals as much as possible.
WHAT IS HARRIER BEHAVIOR LIKE?
These working dogs want to run and sniff and chase as much as you'll let them — preferably at least an hour a day. Harriers are scenthounds, though, so you'll need to run with her on a leash or find a well-fenced area for the two of you to play. Otherwise, this breed will lead you over hill and dale chasing the next best smell. Some are also prone to digging, so again, we mean a seriously well-fenced area.
Harriers are very prone to barking, so you'll always know when someone's at the door. This friendly furball is far more likely to aid and abet than intimidate and arrest though, so don't count on her to fend off intruders. And don't count on your sandwich to still be on the counter if you walk away, either — Harriers are notorious counter surfers.
HOW EASY IS IT TO TRAIN A HARRIER?
These smarty-paws learn quickly and respond well to training, especially when there are treats involved. But you can't train that nose. An intriguing smell will outweigh a lifetime of training almost every time, which means your Harrier will probably not be a great candidate for off-leash play outside well-fenced or rural areas.
CARE & HEALTH
HOW MUCH DO HARRIERS SHED AND WHAT ARE THEIR GROOMING NEEDS?
Harriers have a dense, short coat that sheds seasonally. This breed is an easy keeper: you can get by with weekly brushing and baths as needed.
WHAT HEALTH PROBLEMS DO HARRIERS HAVE?
Harriers are a sturdy and hardy breed. Some develop hip dysplasia or eye ailments, but both are rare.