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Group: Hounds (Group 4)
Club: Hound Club Of Victoria Inc (Group 4)
Contact: Mrs Susan Santoro
Phone: 0416 740 888

About the Harrier


Background The Harrier is a swift hunting hound with an excellent nose and superior stamina in the field. Sources have widely conflicting stories about the origins of this breed. According to one, the earliest Harrier types were crossed with bloodhounds, the Talbot Hound, and even the Basset Hound. According to another, the breed was probably developed from crosses of the English Foxhound. In any case, today’s Harrier is between the Beagle and English Foxhound in size and was developed primarily to hunt hare, though the breed has also been used in fox hunting. The name, Harrier, reveals the breed’s specialty. Neither hare nor fox can escape its exceptional sense of smell, its cunning, and its unequalled boldness. Prey chased by the inexhaustible Harrier has been known to collapse from sheer exhaustion.

Average Lifespan Their lifespan is about 10-12 years of age.

Breed Personality/Characteristics/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. 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.

Compatibility with other pets This pack dog is good with other dogs, but should be supervised with non-canine pets - unless it is raised with them from puppyhood.

Care Requirements The Harrier is not recommended for apartment life. They are moderately active indoors and do best with acreage. The Harrier is a pleasant companion when it is sufficiently exercised; however if they do not get enough outdoor space to exercise, it may become a nuisance. County environments are best. Harriers will make an excellent jogging companion.

Ideal Owner/s This breed is for active people who spend time outdoors and enjoy dog activities.

In Conclusion Now you know a little about the Harrier and have decided this is the dog for you or you want more information, make contact with the breed club or your State controlling body for purebred dogs. They will be able to give you information about available puppies and also suggest dog shows where you can see the breed and speak to breeders. In this way you will gain a better perspective of the breed and its needs.


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