Hailing from England, the Harrier was originally bred for the purpose of assisting poachers in hunting rabbits and foxes. Their adept sense of smell and endless work ethic ensured they were popular amongst hunters, however nowadays they are not as common a breed. Slightly smaller than the similar looking English Foxhound, Harriers have a sweet temperament and are renowned for their affection and good nature. Mellow, yet at the same time full of energy, these dogs love to play and have great stamina. Known to be quite a vocal breed, Harriers make for great watchdogs, their hunting instincts greatly helping detect suspicious activity if it arises.
Lifestyle and Living Environment
Hunters at heart and with energy to burn, these dogs love nothing more than an active, outdoor lifestyle. As such, only people with large backyards should consider this breed, Harriers requiring at least 30 to 60 minutes of exercise per day in an open space. Backyard dog-proofing is especially necessary with this breed as they will take any opportunity they can to pursue any smaller animals they encounter outdoors. Harriers make for the perfect running or cycling companions, just don't be surprised if they outrun you! These dogs are also known to be great with children of all ages, and so families with babies or toddlers need not be discouraged. If you have small pets however if it is encouraged you look to other breeds, as these dogs may pose a threat to their welfare.
Common Health Issues
Hip Dysplasia, Epilepsy, Perianal Fistula.