(AKC Hound Group)

The Harrier is a sturdy, muscular hunting hound with a short, hard coat, usually in tricolor (tan with black saddle and white trim), red and white, or lemon and white (but any color is allowed). Built with large bones for good stamina and strength, the Harrier is slightly longer than tall, with a level topline. The tail is carried high, but is not curled over the back. The skull is broad with a strong, square muzzle. The rounded ears are pendant, and the wide nose is black. The eyes are either brown or hazel. The expression is mellow when the dog is relaxed and alert when he is aroused. The teeth should meet in a scissors or level bite. The feet are tight and catlike; front toes may turn inward. The Harrier is similar to the English Foxhound, but smaller.


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 breed was probably developed from crosses of the English Foxhound with the Fox Terrier and Greyhound. According to another, the earliest Harrier types were crossed with Bloodhounds, the Talbot Hound, and even the Basset Hound. In a third source, the Harrier is said to be simply a bred-down version 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 Harrier is still fairly rare in the United States, but has a long history of popularity as a working pack dog in England.

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Merry and active. Good with other dogs. Do not trust with non-canine pets unless raised with them. A gentle, pleasant companion when sufficiently exercised.