The Harrier dog resembles the Beagle but is larger and more distinguished looking.
Body: Sturdy and well-balanced with large bones, muscular, oblique shoulders, strong, slightly arched loin, deep, broad chest, well-sprung ribs, and straight muscular back.
Coat: Short, dense, hard, close, and glossy.
Color: Lemon and white, red and white, white and tan.
Ears: Small, v-shaped, almost flat, set high and drooped.
Eyes: Medium size, dark brown or hazel color, not too round, and wide set with a gentle expression.
Feet: Round and cat-like with tight toes and thick pads. Forefeet turn out slightly and hind feet are straight forward.
Head: Flat skull, bold forehead, moderate stop, slightly pronounced occiput, broad, pointed muzzle, and wide, well-developed, black nose.
Neck: Long and powerful.
Legs: Forelegs are straight, sturdy, well-boned and set into well-muscled shoulders. Hindquarters are muscular with somewhat angulated stifles.
Height is 18 – 22 inches (46 – 56cm)
Weight is 40 – 60 pounds (17 – 27kg)
Tail: Medium size, natural, slightly curved, well-set and carried high.
Recommended for experienced dog handlers.
Good with children.
Not good with cats and other small animals.
AKC Standard says he is “outgoing and friendly, active, well-balanced, full of strength and quality, in all ways appearing able to work tirelessly, no matter the terrain, for long periods.”
The Harrier dog is even-tempered, charming, energetic, and fun-loving. He is good with children and enjoys having other dogs in the house to play with but is not fond of cats and other small animals.
He is a curious, investigative, and adventurous dog who will quickly disappear on an exploratory mission if left off the leash. He has an advanced sense of smell and a deep bay-like bark when chasing prey. Unless you are hunting, it is best to keep him on a leash or in a confined enclosure or he will quickly be off on his own exploratory excursion.
He will also exercise his bay-like bark if he becomes bored or upset. He is a highly energetic dog in need of lots of daily exercise and attention or he will show his boredom by digging, chewing and barking incessantly.
The Harrier is a sensitive breed who will respond best to positive obedience training with lots of praise and reward-type treats. Treats can be gradually reduced as training progresses. He is independently minded and strong-willed, a common trait in terrier dogs, and needs the firm but patient hand of an experienced dog handler.
AKC Group: Hound Group
Bred for coursing hare and fox in packs. Though the hunter is often on horseback, the Harrier’s pace makes it easy for the hunter to follow on foot if preferred.
Care and Grooming
Exercise: Regular daily walks, hiking, and running are needed for this energetic dog.
Grooming: Brush one to two times weekly. Keep his ear canals clean and dry.
Life Expectancy: 10 – 12 Years
CERF – for the eyes
OFA – for the hips
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