Get to know the Harrier
All you need to know about the breed
If a Beagle seems like not quite enough hound, but a Foxhound a little bit too much, a Harrier might be the breed for you. This relatively rare dog slots in between its smaller and larger hound cousins in terms of size, and shares the same white-black-tan colouring. But Harriers are of course a breed in their own right, and a lovely one at that – energetic, friendly and sociable with a charm all their own and quirks and characteristics that have been honed since the Middle Ages, when they came into being.
Those large, silken ears are just crying out to be stroked and there will be no complaints from the Harrier – these affectionate dogs are gregarious by nature and regard their human family as their pack. Once trained (this will require some patience as they are intelligent but also independent-minded) Harriers get on well with other dogs as well as children, although, as with any hounds, they should not be left unsupervised with very young ones. And they are not ideal pets for families with small animals such as rabbits.
As befits a dog originally bred to hunt, Harriers have retained plenty of energy as well as a strong prey instinct and a formidable scenting power. A securely fenced-off outdoor space is essential, because once off the lead, Harriers will follow those powerful noses – tirelessly and endlessly!
2 facts about Harriers
Things to look out for
From specific breed traits to a general health overview, here are some interesting facts about your Harrier