Harrier Breed Profile


Developed in England to hunt hare in packs, Harriers must have all the attributes of a scenting pack hound. They are very sturdily built with large bone for their size. They must be active, well balanced, full of strength and quality, in all ways appearing able to work tirelessly, no matter the terrain, for long periods. Running gear and scenting ability are particularly important features. The Harrier should, in fact, be a smaller version of the English Foxhound.


Any color, not regarded as very important.


Outgoing and friendly, as a working pack breed, Harriers must be able to work in close contact with other hounds.


The Harrier is believed to be one of the oldest hound breeds known to man. Though records date back to 1066, they have appeared in frescos in Greek architecture and writings. The modern Harrier descends from England, where it is used as a fox, hare, and small game hunter. They are frequently used in hunting packs with other Harriers, as well as Foxhounds and Beagles.

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