Country of Origin : England
Dog Group : Hound
The origin of the Harrier Hound is unclear and there are conflicting stories about how this breed came to be, some believe that the Harrier Hound came to be from crossing of Bloodhounds, Talbot Hound and even the Basset Hound. However other believe the breed was developed from crossing English Foxhounds with Fox Terriers and Greyhounds. Today’s Harrier Hound is sized between the Beagle and English Foxhound and is mainly used to hunt hare in the UK, though the breed has also been used in fox hunting as well. The Harrier is still fairly unusual in Australia, but has a long history of being used as working dogs in England.
Harrier Hounds is a speedy, hardy hunting hound with an excellent nose and great energy. This muscular hound has a short coat. Built with large bones for strength and stamina, the Harrier is slightly longer than tall. Their tail is medium in length and is carried high. They have a broad head with a strong square muzzle and a wide black nose. Their ears are rounded and their eyes are either brown or hazel. Their mouth consists of strong jaws with teeth that meet in a scissors or level bite.
Feeding & Ownership
Harrier Hounds is not a picky eater and can be fed dry food once or twice a day. They do have a tendency to become overweight, so do watch the amount of food they are given. Due to the Harrier Hounds having deep chests they can also be prone to bloat.
The Harrier Hound is a cheerful, sweet-tempered, and active dog, who loves putting their nose to the ground and exploring their surroundings. They are known to be a tolerant breed and are good with children and other dogs. Due to their hunting nature it is recommended that they are supervised with non-canine pets unless they have been socialized with other animals from puppy hood. Due to the Harrier Hounds having deep chests they can also be prone to bloat, it is recommended to feed two meals per day as it is safer than one large meal. This breed is not recommended for an inactive owner, they need a firm, confident, owner who is consistent with their dogs training.
The short-haired coat of the Harrier is easy to groom. Brush on a regular basis with a firm bristle brush, and bathe once every two weeks in the warmer months and bathe once a month in the colder months.