AKC PuppyFinder: Harrier Puppies

Breed Traits
  • Personality: Outgoing and friendly; true pack hounds, they generally get on well with other dogs
  • Energy Level: Somewhat Active; Harriers are world-class runners and sniffers, but easygoing enough to settle down
  • Good with Children: Yes
  • Good with other Dogs: Yes
  • Shedding: Seasonal
  • Grooming: Occasional
  • Trainability: Responds Well
  • Height: 19-21 inches
  • Weight: 45-60 pounds
  • Life Expectancy: 12-15 years
  • Barking Level: Likes To Be Vocal
Breed Description

Built somewhere between a more muscular Beagle and a smaller English Fox Terrier, the Harrier is all hound. He's outgoing, friendly and will follow his nose wherever it takes him. As people-oriented as he is, he can't help but give chase, so a fenced yard is a must. Harrier puppies are sweet and fun-loving, although training may be a challenge. With a family that keeps him close, trains him patiently and gives him plenty of exercise, he's a lovable companion.

History & Job

Origin: England

Year Recognized: 1885

Breed History & Job Description: Among the AKC’s rarest breeds, there are probably more theories about Harrier origins than there are Harriers in the United States. Among the agreed-upon facts of this old breed is that they were bred for hunting hare (the breed name is based on the word “hare”) and that the first packs appeared in England sometime in the 1200s. Harriers have been in America since Colonial times, and it’s possible that sportsmen like George Washington and his Virginia neighbors utilized them in creating uniquely American hounds.

Health

Harriers are generally a healthy breed. Like all breeds there may be some health issues, like hip dysplasia and eye disease. Some dogs may be faced with these health challenges in their lives, but the majority of Harriers are healthy dogs.

Read the Official Breed Club Health Statement.

 

Recommended Health Tests from the National Breed Club:

  • Hip Evaluation
  • Ophthalmologist Evaluation
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