Harrier

Published: Last updated: by Kyle J. Larson

Average size and lifespan

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Height: 1ft 7in - 1ft 9in
Weight: 45-60lbs
Lifespan: 10 - 12 Years

Behavior

  • Affection4/5
  • Kid-Friendly5/5
  • Stranger-Friendly3/5
  • Dog-Friendly5/5
  • Barking Amount4/5

Care

  • Grooming Difficulty2/5
  • Shedding Amount2/5
  • Easy to Train4/5
  • Can Be Alone4/5
  • Exercise Need5/5

Environment

  • Cold Tolerance3/5
  • Heat Tolerance4/5
  • Apartment-Friendly1/5

Harrier Information

HarrierIf you had to quickly describe the Harrier, one might say they look like a bulked up version of a Beagle. The breed has the timeless look of a working hound that includes long, low-set ears, an adorably cute face, a short, trim coat and compact, muscular build.

The Harrier is a friendly, outgoing breed that loves to be around people and thrives when part of a family. They are excellent with children and other dogs and require a moderate level of exercise. For its history, the Harrier dates back to about 400 B.C. – further than you would think.

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Breed FAQs

Can Harriers be apartment dogs?

Harriers don't do very well in apartments. It's recommended to look at another breed better suited to apartment-living.

Can Harriers be left alone?

Harriers do well when left alone for longer periods of time. They don't tend to have seperation anxiety issues. Just be sure to avoid being neglectful.

Are Harriers good with kids?

Harriers are typically excellent with kids. As with any dog it's important to monitor them around children, however they are often very gentle.

Are Harriers friendly with strangers?

Although Harriers can take a bit to warm up to a stranger, they are mostly friendly with others.

Do Harriers get along with other dogs?

Harriers get along great with other dogs. They are very social and tolerate other dogs, where you typically need to watch the other dog more than your own.

Do Harriers bark a lot?

Most Harriers bark fairly often, which can be a nuisance. Some steps can be taken to limit this, but is part of their nature.

Do Harriers shed a lot?

The Harrier isn't a heavy shedder. Some limited brushing and occassional cleaning should help prevent much hair build-up.

Do Harriers need a lot of grooming?

Harriers don't require very much effort for grooming. You'll just need to provide typical maintenance and baths.

Do Harriers need a lot of exercise?

Expect Harriers to have high energy levels and need a lot of exercise. You'll need to find options to release this energy or they may exibit bad behavior.

Are Harriers easy to train?

Typically, Harriers are easy to train. They enjoy the bonding process with their owner and are quick to learn.

Can Harriers handle cold weather?

Although Harriers can handle the cold weather when out with you, they may not want to stay out for long periods of time.

Can Harriers handle hot weather?

Harriers do well in hot climates and can stay out longer without overheating.

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