Harrier

Description:
Harriers are tracing dogs that work in packs. They are very extraordinary hunters and have a noticeably robust, strong and untiring morphology. This dog height is around forty-eight to fifty five centimeters. The body movement and its coordination are very important as well as the structure of the front and hind legs. The front legs should be moderately angled, its shoulders long and inclined, and the elbows well separate from the thorax. The hind legs should be well balanced with the front ones and have good bone structure. The head should be synchronized with the body. The expression of this dog is sweet, gentile and alert. It has medium sized eyes and they should be bark but not round. The ears have a v shape and are highly inserted on its head, they should hang and be well adhered to its cheeks. The coat should be short, thick and shiny. The tail is medium sized, highly inserted and has some hair on the inferior part and is carried high. The color of this dog varies as it does in all Hounds.

Ideal owner:
This dog is not very common as a companion dog; it's a hunting dog and an authentic Hound. However the Harrier has all of the same virtues as a Beagle. They like being around a family and enjoy participating in family activities. Harriers are very docile, easy to take care of, fun, and loving dogs. They are also very pain tolerant and can somehow endure the rough treatment of children. Its pretty easy to train them to not do their needs inside the house and are excellent family dogs but not if you live in an apartment or small flat. This dog requires of active owners. It is very independent as are all Hounds, and it does all the things that Hounds do such as howl and dig in the ground. Don't refuse it from being allowed to go out in the garden. Harriers are very affectionate dogs and they need a lot of attention especially when they are young.

Growth:
At around eight weeks a Harrier should weigh around four and a half to five kilograms. Around nine months it reaches its full height, but it does not mature until eighteen months of age. If you are looking into getting one, avoid picking a shy one; instead look for one that is extroverted and kind. These dogs are not very common so it is possible you will be put on a waiting list if you are looking forward to having one. If you are intending to use this dog as a show dog it must have good bone structure and its body should have substance to it. Avoid getting one that has a curled tail over its back, a hunch on its back, or that has light colored eyes. Puppies that have tricolors might lose their dark color and end up with two colors as adults.

General health:
Harriers are known as very healthy and vigorous dogs. There is not much incidence of hip dysphasia but it could occur. Ocular problems have not been seen in this breed. There have been some reported cases of epilepsy and convulsions. This dog has a closed coat that is impermeable and requires of little care, but its ears do need to get cleaned once a week. Breeders have informed that they do have some dental problems and the owner needs to program veterinary checkups to have its teeth cleaned. Exercise is a must and vital for this dog to have a healthy life.

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