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Harrier


General Information - Harrier


Group:
Hound

Size:
large

Lifespan:
10-12 years

Exercise:
high

Grooming:
very low

Trainability:
low

Watchdog ability:
very high

Protection ability:
very low

Area of Origin:
England

Date of Origin:
Middle ages

Other Names:
none

Original Function:
Trailing hares



History

The Harrier is a very old hound, originating in Great Britain in the 1200's. It is descended from the larger Foxhound, the Greyhound, and the Fox Terrier. It was used to hunt hares as its name implies, and worked best in packs, while the hunter followed on foot. This tireless hunter has an acute sense of smell, and once on the scent of its prey, can generally outlast the prey.

Temperament

The Harrier is somewhat more playful and outgoing than the Foxhound, but not as much as the Beagle. Cheerful, sweet-tempered, and tolerant, it is excellent with children. This pack dog is good with other dogs, but should be supervised with non-canine pets – unless it is raised with them from puppyhood. It prefers life in a pack with people, dogs, or both. This active dog likes to go exploring, sniffing and trailing, so be sure to keep it on a leash or in a safe enclosed area. Some Harriers like to bay.

Upkeep

The Harrier needs daily exercise, but its needs can be met with a long walk or jog and a vigorous game in the yard. It can live outdoors in temperate climates as long as it is given warm shelter and bedding. The coat is easily cared for, needing only occasional brushing to remove dead hair.