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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OriginUnited Kingdom flagUnited Kingdom
Other Names
What other names does the Harrier have?
Harehound
Breed Type
What type of dog breed is it?
Purebred

Harrier Price and Availability

Price
How much does the Harrier puppy cost? What is the price range of this puppy? What is the average price of a Harrier in the United States? How much money is a Harrier?

Where to buy a Harrier with a good pedigree?

$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.
Availability
How easy is it to get a Harrier? How many Harrier are there in the world?
Frequent: The Harrier is easier than average to get. Maybe there is some risk of overbreeding, as it is a popular breed.

Due to its popularity, inbreeding may occur. A new study shows that inbreeding contributes to the incidence of disease and health problems.

So be careful and seek the help of an experienced person or a professional, in making your decision.

Harrier Size

Size
Is a Harrier small, medium or large dog?

How big do Harrier get?

What is the average size of a Harrier?

Medium
Weight
How much does the Harrier weigh? How much should a Harrier weight? What is the normal weight of a Harrier? How much does a full-grown Harrier weight?
40-60 pounds (18-27 kg)
Average Weight
What is the average weight of a Harrier?
50 pounds (22.5 kg)
Height
How tall is the Harrier? Harrier height:
19-21 inches (48-50 cm)
Average Height
What is the average height of a Harrier?
20 inches (49 cm)

Harrier Grooming, Hair and Care

Coat / Hair Types
What type of coat does the Harrier have? What does this canine coat/fur 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? How often should I take my Harrier to the groomer?
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? Do Harrier dogs shed a lot?
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.
Bath Time / Bathing Frequency
How often does the Harrier need a bath? How often should you give a Harrier a bath? Can I bathe my Harrier every day?
6-8 weeks
Rarely. Bathing your dog is beneficial to them in more ways than just one. It’s also a good time to look for unusual scratches, bumps, fleas, and other irregularities. When their hair is wet and flat against their body, these details are more visible.

For example, short-haired dog breeds can go a very long time in between baths. These short-haired breeds shed regularly and that shedding works to naturally remove excess dirt and oil. So unless your weenie dog got into the garbage can, you can probably hold off on a bath for a while.

Harrier Personality / Temperament

Temperament
What kind of personality does the Harrier have? What characteristics or traits does the breed have?
ActiveFriendlySweetTemperedCheerfulOutgoingTolerant
Intelligent Rank
How smart is the Harrier? Is the Harrier breed dumb or smart?
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 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.

The Harrier ranks below average in the intelligence ranking of dogs.

Trainability
Are Harrier dogs easy to train? Do they go well on dog training? How hard is it to train a Harrier?
Harriers are easy to train. They find out the association between commands and actions quite quickly.
Playfulness
How playful is this breed?
Average: Harriers, like any other dog breed, like playing. Sometimes they bark in 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, a noisy or office environment, and frequent guest visits.

Affection Level
How affectionate are they? Is a Harrier a good family dog?
Average: Harriers are average dogs regarding their affection level. Some breeds are forthcoming and friendly, while others are independent and don't bond too closely with 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? Are they barkers/noisy? 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? Are they alert at night?
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.
Guarding Behavior / Territorial
Do Harrier dogs have aggressive behavior to protect their home/house/territory? Do they have guarding instincts?
Harriers can't provide protection for their territory. It's better to leave them out of the duty of protecting 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.)
Bite Force
Does the Harrier has a hard bite? What is the bite force of a Harrier? How much bite force does a Harrier have?

Between 200 and 400 PSI

Harrier bite force: Ordinary. Average dogs have a bite force between 200 and 400 PSI.

The Harrier, and many others, have a fearsome presence because they have significant jaw strength, so it is important not to anger the dog and have it around strangers until it is fully trained.

However, they are usually quite calm and good companions, they work well in families and are easy to care for.

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? Can you have a Harrier in an apartment?
Not an apartment-friendly dog the Harrier breed. If you don't have a garden, think carefully about your decision, keeping Harrier indoors can cause a lot of problems.
Adaptability
Are they adaptable and easy-going?
Average: Harriers adapt to lifestyle changes and different living environments quite okay usually.
Tolerates Being Left Alone
How long can a Harrier be left alone? How long can you leave a Harrier 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.

Harrier Good With

Stranger Friendly
Are they aggressive or friendly towards/with strangers? Harrier temperament with other people:
Harriers are stranger-friendly dogs.
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.
Child Friendly
Are Harrier dogs kid-friendly? Are they good with young children? Harrier temperament with 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? Can they be good with cats? Can the Harrier breed live with a cat?
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?
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.
Good For First Time Owners
Is Harrier breed good for first-time owners? Do they make a good dog for novice owners? Is Harrier breed suitable for first-time owners?
Yes
Harriers are good for novice owners, due to their easy-going personality.
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.

Harrier Health

Health Issues
Is it a healthy or unhealthy breed? Do Harrier dogs have health problems or genetic diseases?
Harriers tend to have a lot and frequent health issues. Regular vet check-ups are essential with this breed.
Health Problems
What genetic/health problems does the Harrier breed have? What are the health issues and concerns of the Harrier breed? Most common health risks of Harrier:
Ear InfectionsEye ProblemsObesity
Veterinarian Visits
How often does the Harrier breed need to go to the vet? How often should you take your dog to the vet? How often should the Harrier see the vet?
Frequent
The Harrier should have a complete physical check-up at least once (but preferably twice) per year. If your dog shows any symptoms, call your veterinarian.
Life Expectancy
How long do Harrier dogs live? How old can a Harrier be? What is the age limit of the Harrier? How many years can the oldest Harrier live?

What is the average life expectancy / lifespan of a Harrier?

How long is the lifespan of a Harrier?

10-12 years
The average lifespan of Harrier: 11 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? What is the activity level of the Harrier?
Harriers are high-energy dogs. An active lifestyle makes them happy.
Activity Requirement / Exercise Need
How much exercise does a Harrier need? How much exercise do Harrier dogs require per day?

Do Harrier dogs need a lot of exercises?

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 the Harrier breed 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.
Average daily food consumption
How much food does a Harrier need? What dog products should I buy? How much food does a Harrier breed eat per day? What is good dog food for Harrier? How much food should I feed my Harrier?
2 to 2.5 cup of high-quality dry food a day, divided into two meals.
Weight Gain Potential / Prone to Obesity
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 and Climate
Which weather condition is preferred by this dog? Can they tolerate hot or cold weather and climate?
Tolerates warm and cold weather
Dogs that tolerate hot and cold weather are typically those that have a double coat of fur. Dogs with a double coat of fur have a layer of fur that insulates their skin and helps protect them from the cold and the heat.
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 of a 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 minimum 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 As a Working Dog

Service Dog
Are they good as service dogs? Can Harrier be a guide dog? Are they used as seeing-eye dogs?

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? Are they good anxiety dogs? Can a Harrier be an emotional support animal?

Not really

This breed is 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 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

They are not typically employed for this type of work, but there may be exceptional cases. 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

This dog breed is not typically used as a search and rescue dog. The use of dogs in search and rescue (SAR) is a valuable component in wilderness tracking, natural disasters, mass casualty events, and locating missing people.

The Harrier is not the best breed for SAR purposes.

Boat and Sailor 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.

Boat dogs were typically bred for their strength, stamina, and water resistance, as they were often required to perform tasks such as pulling in fishing nets, and jumping into the water to retrieve ropes or lines, or helping to move cargo.

Sailor dog is a type of dog that was bred to accompany sailors on their voyages. They were typically used for three purposes: as a working dog, a watchdog, and as a companion. A boat dog is a term used to describe a type of dog that was traditionally bred and used as a working dog on boats.

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.

Fighting Dog / Military Dog
Where Harrier dogs used as fighting / military dogs in history?

Not really

In history, this breed was not really used for combat dog.

Harrier Reproducibility

Gestation Length
How long is a Harrier pregnant?How long does it take to have puppies? How to tell if the Harrier breed is pregnant?

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 female 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 female’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.

Litter Frequency

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 in a litter? How many puppies can the Harrier breed have for the first time? How many puppies does a Harrier have? How many puppies can a Harrier give birth to?
5-7 puppies

Harrier Recognition

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.

Harrier Pros and Cons

Pros
  • Trainability: Harriers are easy to train.
  • Grooming: Effortless: The Harrier requires minimal grooming.
  • Drooling Tendency: The Harrier is a perfect example of a 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: Not an apartment-friendly dog the Harrier breed.
  • 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.

Harrier History

Early history

The Harrier is often mistaken for a Foxhound or a Beagle, yet in reality, it is a completely distinct English breed, which can trace its origins back to at least 800 years ago. Regarding the breed’s long history, no one is entirely sure of the Harrier’s ancestry or background, however, it is known that it was first recognized as a breed in the 13th century, long before an official program or kennel club would breed it or document their development process at all.

Development concepts

The word Harrier has a Norman-French origin and is referring to hound or dog. There are several conflicting theories around Harrier’s initial development. The most well-known among them is that Basset Hounds, Bloodhounds, and the now-extinct Talbot Hounds were brought to England from France and Belgium, and presumably crossed and mixed multiple generations until a new breed has emerged. Another separate theory suggests that Fox Terriers, Greyhounds, and Foxhounds were crossed and mate together, while other theories state that the Harrier is just a smaller, more refined version of the Foxhound. Whichever might be true, it is certain that the Harrier was one of the most popular hunting breeds ever in England, for hundreds of years, up until the end of the 19th century. Originally, these packs of dogs were bred and used for hunting hares with the hunters following the dogs on foot. When foxhunting became fashionable with the hunters on horses, Harriers were further perfected and adapted to have more speed.

Entry to the United States of America

The Harrier was exported to the United States of America as early as the 17th century, however, the breed never really gained much popularity there. Back then, most the Americans saw the Harrier as another form of the Foxhound, and nothing else. Yet, in spite of their lack of popularity, the Harrier had been a part of the AKC (American Kennel Club) from the beginning, it was the 4th breed to gain recognition from the Club. Two specimens from Baltimore, Maryland have entered the Westminster Kennel Club Show in 1877, and from that point on the breed was a regular guest at dog shows too. In March of 1891, the Association of Masters of Harriers and Beagles was established in England. At that time, the Harrier was way more popular than the Beagle.

Recognition and Shows

Until the year 1900, volumes of the Association of Masters of Harriers and Beagles’ Stud Book listed 107 packs of registered Harriers yet, Harrier registrations were declining during the early 1900s. A specimen named Monarch became the first Harrier Champion of Record and also the first Harrier to win Best Show in 1936. This specimen, Monarch, was owned by the Monmouth County Hunt and was bred from dogs that were imported from England. During the period from 1940 to 1958, no Harriers were registered with the AKC, for the reason that historically, most of the specimens belonged to hunting packs, which usually were not registered with the AKC. The breed started being shown at AKC Shows during the early 1960s. In 1965, a specimen named Breezewood Chop Chop and became the second AKC Champion after a gap of 30 years. Interestingly the breed is recognized by the AKC (American Kennel Club), by the FCI (Fédération Cynologique Internationale), by the Canadian Kennel Club, however, England’s Kennel Club has not recognized the Harrier just yet.

Position today

Nowadays the Harrier is considered to be a rare breed, which is mostly kept as a family companion in Europe and in the United States of America. Nevertheless, there are some who still use the breed for hunting rabbits and other smaller games.

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