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Harrier Information & Dog Breed Facts

Collection of all the general dog breed info about Harrier so you can get to know the breed more.

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Harrier
OriginUnited Kingdom
Other Names
What other names does the Harrier have? The dog breed also known as...
Harehound
Breed Type
What type of dog breed is it?
Purebred
AKC Group
Is Harrier recognized by the American Kennel Club?
Recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1885 as a Hound breed.
FCI Group
Is Harrier recognized by the Fédération Cynologique Internationale (FCI)?
Recognized by FCI in the Scent hounds and related breeds group, in the Scent hounds section.
Price
How much does the Harrier puppy cost? What is the price range of this puppy? What is the average price of this dog in the United States? Is this puppy expensive? How much should I pay for it? Harrier price:
$300-$400
If you choose to purchase the Harrier, you should know that the mentioned amount of money is an average of the collected data from breeders’ sites and puppy finder places. If you have a Harrier for sale, please advertise it on a reliable website to make sure the Harrier gets to a happy place.

Harrier General Appearance

Size
What size is this breed? How big is this dog? Harrier size:
Medium
Weight
How much does the Harrier weigh? Harrier weight:
40-60 pounds (18-27 kg)
Avg. Weight
What is the average weight of the Harrier? Harrier average weight:
50 pounds (22.5 kg)
Height
How tall is the Harrier? Harrier height:
19-21 inches (48-50 cm)
Avg. Height
What is the average height of this fido? Harrier average height:
20 inches (49 cm)

Harrier Hair & Care

Coat
What type of coat does the Harrier have? What does this canine coat look like?
ThickShiny
Colors
What color is the breed's coat? What color is a proper Harrier's coat?
WhiteTanRedLemon Black
Grooming
How to groom the Harrier and how often?
Effortless: The Harrier requires minimal grooming. Seasonal flea treatment is needed, but cutting the dog's hair by a professional groomer isn't necessary. Ears and eyes should be cleaned sometimes to avoid infections. Harrier is one of the best choices if you don't have the time, skill or money to take care of a high maintenance dog. Highly recommended for beginners.
Shedding Level
How much do Harrier dogs shed? How to control, reduce and prevent the shedding of the Harehound? Harrier shedding level:
Harriers shed moderately. It's a natural process of the hair growth cycle. Regular brushing reduces the amount of hair that sheds. It mostly depends on their health status and breed type.

Harrier Characteristics

Temperament
What kind of personality does the Harrier have? What characteristics does the breed have?
ActiveFriendlySweetTemperedCheerfulOutgoingTolerant
Intelligent Rank
How smart is the Harrier? Are they intelligent?
Low to average: This canine intelligence is not the brightest one. Keep in mind that if you want to teach them any tricks, they understand and memorize new commands in 40-80 repetitions. Harrier obey for the first command 30% of the time or better. So if you want to have a smart dog, you might have to reconsider your choice with this breed.
Trainability
Are Harrier dogs easy to train? Do they go well on dog training?
Harriers are easy to train. They find out the association between commands and actions quite quickly.
Playfulness
How playful is this breed?
Harriers, like any other dog breed, like playing. Sometimes they bark as excitement for playing, but they are not the most playful dog breed.
Sensitivity Level
How sensitive are they? Harrier sensitivity:
Harriers are less sensitive than other dog breeds. They aren't receptive to their owner's emotions and handle soft punishment quite well. They don't mind an always changing daily routine, a hectic household, young children, noisy or office environment and frequent guest visits.
Affection Level
How affectionate are they?
Harriers are average dogs regarding their affection level. Some breeds are forthcoming and friendly, while others are independent and don't bond too closely to their owners.
Social Needs
How much social interaction does the Harehound need? Harrier social needs:
Harriers are a social breed. They enjoy being around people or other animals. This breed doesn't tolerate being left alone.
Barking
Do Harrier dogs bark a lot? Why does my Harehound bark?
Low to Average: The Harrier rarely barks. This breed could be a good choice if you're looking for a quiet breed. They don't bark unless there is a good reason. Top reasons for barking: protection, alarm, fear, boredom, attention seeking, greeting, separation anxiety, compulsive barking.
Watchdog Ability
Is Harrier good as a watchdog?
Harriers are not the best watchdogs. They aren't very territorial and protective about their property, so they probably won't alert you if they sense something different.
Territorial
Do Harrier dogs have an aggressive behavior to protect their territory?
Harriers can't provide protection for their territory. It's better to leave them out from the duty of protection your valuables and property.
Biting Potential
Do Harrier bite humans? How likely are you to get bitten from the Harehound? What are the odds of getting bitten by a Harrier? Why do dog bites happen?
Low
The Harrier has a low chance of biting somebody. Top reasons for dog bite: protection, pain, excitement, herding instinct, being provoked. (Data based on the available online bite statistics.)
Mouthiness
How much mouthing/nipping/play biting does the Harrier do?
Harriers have an average tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people. It's a common habit during puppyhood, not aggressive behavior. These "bites" don't hurt, but Harriers need to be taught for a good attitude.
Impulse to Wander or Roam
How likely is the Harrier to run away? Does this breed explore or wander a lot? Does Harrier roam?
Harriers have high wanderlust potential, which means that this breed has a strong desire for exploring the world. Safer to walk them on a leash unless you teach them how to get back to you on command. This breed is also able to cause damage to your fence.
Prey Drive
Do this canine have a strong prey drive? Does Harrier have high prey drive?
Harriers have a higher impulse to chase and catch something than other dog breeds. Cats or any other small animals might be in danger. It's a natural instinct, doesn't necessarily mean that Harriers are aggressive. Better to keep this breed on a leash.
Apartment Friendly
Is Harrier good as an apartment dog? Can they live in a flat?
Harriers are not apartment-friendly dogs. If you don't have a garden, you may have to reconsider your choice for having a puppy from this breed.
Adaptability
Are they adaptable and easy-going?
Harriers adapt to lifestyle changes and different living environments quite okay usually.
Tolerates Being Left Alone
Can you leave this breed home alone?
Harriers do best when a family member is at home during the day or if their workplace is dog-friendly so they can take the dog at work.
Fighting Dog
Where Harrier dogs used as a fighting dog in the history?
Not really
In history, this breed was not really used for combat dog.

Harrier Good With

Stranger Friendly
Are they friendly with strangers?
Harriers are stranger friendly dogs.
Child Friendly
Are Harrier dogs kid-friendly? Are they good with young children? Harrier and children:
Harriers are very kid-friendly dogs. This breed enjoys being surrounded by children.
Cat Friendly
How well do Harrier dogs get along with cats? Are they good with kittens? What is this fido's temperament with cats?
Harriers are not the most cat-friendly dogs.
Dog Friendly
Is Harrier good with other dogs? Are they dog-friendly dogs? How well do Harrier dogs get along with other dogs? What is this canine temperament with other dogs?
Harriers are very dog-friendly dogs. If you want more dogs in your family or you'd like to join dog meetups, the Harrier can be a great choice.
Office Friendly
Are Harriers good office dogs? Do Harriers make good office friendly dogs? Can Harriers be office dogs?
Yes
Harrier is one of the best dog breeds for office environment
Senior Citizens Friendly
Are they senior citizens friendly dogs? How well do Harrier dogs get along with the elderly people? What is the Harehound temperament with senior people? Are Harrier dogs good for elderly owners?
Harriers are one of the best breeds for elderly people.
Pet Friendly
Are they pet-friendly dogs? How well do Harrier dogs get along with other pets? Are Harrier dogs good with pets? What is this canine temperament with other pets?
Harriers usually don’t get on well with other pets.
Good For First Time Owners
Is Harrier breed good for first-time owners? Do they make a good dog for novice owners?
Yes
Harriers are good for novice owners, due to their easy-going personality.
Service Dog
Are they good as service dogs? Can Harrier be a service dog?
Not really
This breed generally not used as a service dog. A service dog is a term used in the USA to refer to any type of assistance dog specifically trained to help people who have disabilities, such as visual impairment, hearing impairments, mental disorders, seizures, mobility impairment, and diabetes. Service dogs are protected under the ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act). Harrier is not the best breed for service purposes.
Therapy Dog
Are they good as therapy dogs? Can Harrier be a therapy dog?
Not really
This breed generally not used as a therapy dog. A therapy dog is a dog that might be trained to provide affection, comfort, and love to people in hospitals, retirement homes, nursing homes, schools, hospices, disaster areas, and to people with anxiety disorders or autism. Harrier is not the best breed for therapeutic purposes.
Detection Dog or Sniffer Dog
Are they good as detection dogs? Can Harrier be a sniffer dog?
Not really
A detection dog or sniffer dog is a dog that is trained to use its senses (mostly its smell) to detect substances such as explosives, illegal drugs, wildlife scat, currency, blood, and contraband electronics such as illicit mobile phones. Harrier is not the best breed for detection purposes.
Search and Rescue Dog (SAR)
Are they good as SAR dogs? Can Harrier be a search and rescue dog?
Not really
The use of dogs in search and rescue (SAR) is a valuable component in wilderness tracking, natural disasters, mass casualty events, and in locating missing people. The Harrier is not the best breed for SAR purposes.
Boat Dog
Are they good as boat dogs? Can Harrier be a boat dog?
Not really
Harrier breed usually doesn't like being on a boat.
Cart Pulling or Drafting Dog
Are they good as cart pulling dogs? Can Harrier be a drafting dog?
Not really
A drafting dog or draft dog is a dog bred and used for cart pulling. Dogs bred for this work have strong builds and qualities that are needed, strength and determination. Harrier is not the best breed for drafting purposes.

Harrier Health Factors

Health Issues
Is it a healthy breed? Do Harrier dogs have health problems?
Harriers tend to have a lot and frequent health issues. Regular vet check-ups are essential with this breed.
Health Problems
What health problems does the Harrier breed have? What are the health issues and concerns of the Harrier breed? Health risks of Harrier:
Ear InfectionsEye ProblemsObesity
Life Expectancy
How long do Harrier dogs live? What is the average lifespan of this breed? How old can a Harrier be?
10-12 years
Hypoallergenic
Is the Harrier breed hypoallergenic?
No
Harriers don't do well with allergy sufferers by causing allergic reaction. Some of the dog breeds are even considered to higher the possibility of an allergic response. Coat type isn't necessarily relevant, because most people are allergic to dander (flakes on the dog's skin) or saliva, not actually to dog hair.
Energy Level
How much energy does the Harrier have?
Harriers are high energy dogs. Active lifestyle makes them happy.
Exercise Need
How much exercise does this dog need? How much exercise do Harrier dogs require per day?
Harriers need a lot of exercises. Long walks should be on a daily schedule. If you live an active life, this breed can be a good choice for you.
Sleeping Need
How much sleep does this fido need?
Harriers don't need too much sleep. They are energetic and desire to live an active life. If you think naps are overrated, this breed can be the best choice for you.
Avg. daily food consumption
How much food does the Harrier need? How often should I feed my canine? What dog products should I buy?
2 to 2.5 cup of high-quality dry food a day, divided into two meals.
Weight Gain Potential
How easy to gain weight for this dog? Harrier risk for obesity:
Average. The Harrier has an average risk for obesity. Daily walks should be on schedule. To make your dog happy and fit, feed him with quality dry dog food and live an active life together. Try to find the happy medium between exercise and feeding. If you notice any weight gain, consult your veterinarian and make a diet plan. Reduce unhealthy food and snacks, and measure the Harrier's weight regularly.
Weather & Climate
Which weather condition is preferred by this dog? Can they tolerate hot and cold weather & climate?
Tolerates warm and cold weather.
Stinkiness
How stinky is this dog? Why does it smell bad and how to get rid of the smell?
Medium
The Harrier has an average chance of bad smell. Top reasons for dog stinkiness: infection of bad tooth/ear/skin folds, gas attacks.
Drooling tendency
Does the Harrier drool?
The Harrier is a perfect example for very low drooling tendency. If you're disgusted by slobber spots on your clothes, the Harrier could be a perfect choice for you. Drooling is the unintentional saliva flowing outside of the mouth. It can be completely normal or a sign of a health problem. Certain dog breeds drool minimal compared to others, just like the Harrier. If you notice any change in your dog's drooling habit, you should contact a vet as soon as possible.

Harrier Reproducibility

Gestation Length
How long does this dog's pregnancy last? How long does this dog pregnant? How long does it take to have puppies?
60-64 days
Reproductive cycle of the female Harrier: The first period called Proestrus lasts for about 9 days. During this time the females start to attract males. You can notice by swelling vulva and bloody discharge. The second part is the Estrus when the bitch is receptive for the male. It lasts for about 3 to 11 days. The sign of the proestrus part is the soft and enlarged vulva. The discharge decreases and lightens in color. The third part is the Diestrus. Normally, it occurs around day 14. In this period the bitch’s discharge changes for vivid red and coming to its end. The vulva returns to average, and she will no longer permit mating. The fourth part called the Anestrus. The time frame between heat periods normally lasts about six months.
How often can the Harrier have a litter? Once a year.
More frequent breeding is not healthy. It is very important not to buy a dog from a puppy mill, where the needs of the pups and their mothers are ignored. It's an inhumane high-volume dog breeding facility, where puppies born several times a year.
Litter Size
How many puppies can the Harrier have? What is the average litter size of this fido?
5-7 puppies

Harrier Pros & Cons

Pros
  • Trainability: Harriers are easy to train.
  • Grooming: Effortless: The Harrier requires minimal grooming.
  • Drooling tendency: The Harrier is a perfect example for very low drooling tendency.
  • Child Friendly: Harriers are very kid-friendly dogs.
  • Dog Friendly: Harriers are very dog-friendly dogs.
  • Office Friendly: Harrier is one of the best dog breeds for office environment
  • Senior Citizens Friendly: Harriers are one of the best breeds for elderly people.
  • Good For First Time Owners: Harriers are good for novice owners, due to their easy-going personality.
Cons
  • Intelligent Rank: Low to average: This canine intelligence is not the brightest one.
  • Health Issues: Harriers tend to have a lot and frequent health issues.
  • Hypoallergenic: Harriers don't do well with allergy sufferers by causing allergic reaction.
  • Apartment Friendly: Harriers are not apartment-friendly dogs.
  • Watchdog Ability: Harriers are not the best watchdogs.
  • Impulse to Wander or Roam: Harriers have high wanderlust potential, which means that this breed has a strong desire for exploring the world.
  • Tolerates Being Left Alone: Harriers do best when a family member is at home during the day or if their workplace is dog-friendly so they can take the dog at work.
  • Cat Friendly: Harriers are not the most cat-friendly dogs.

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