HARRIER DOG

Cheers to a Harrier, one of the least known acknowledged breeds! Despite a long history as a pack dog in England, currently the Harrier works tirelessly for a very limited fan base. 
 
A trail dog with big bones that works in pack, the Harrier is a hunter with a noticeable robust, strong and tireless morphology. The Harrier stands between 48 and 55 cm (more or less). Movement and coordination are extremely important for the Harrier, as well as the hind and forelegs. The forequarters, with moderate angulations, with long sloped shoulders, elbows well separated from the thorax; the forelegs, straight and good boned. The hindquarters, in balance with the forequarters, well developed muscles, and good impulse and amplitude capacity. The head in harmony with the body; the expression is gentle, sensitive, but alert. The eyes are medium sized, preferably dark and not round. The ears are “V” shaped, high inserted, and dropped flat on the cheekbones. The coat is short and thick, shiny; the tail, medium sized, high inserted, has some hair in the bottom, carried high. The color varies as in every hound.
 
WHO IS IT RIGHT FOR             
Don’t believe any other website! The Harrier is a great family dog and can live inside the home. For some, it has more to offer than a Beagle, and of course less problems. It is long lived, and has an A in health. 
Unusual as a company dog, the Harriet is mostly a pack dog, hunter, and an authentic “hound”. However, the same virtues of the Beagle the Harrier also have them. It loves the family, and likes to participate in family activities. It is a docile, easy to care, happy and affectionate dog. The Harrier is very tolerant to pain, and can endure small children’s lack of delicacy. It is easy to teach to be clean at home and an excellent family dog, although not to live in an apartment. The Harrier doesn’t need a firm hand in education, and it doesn’t have to be corrected twice either. It needs active owners. It is independent as any hound, and can show tendencies typical to a Hound: howling and digging. Don’t banish it to the back yard, - the Harrier needs love and attention, especially when it’s young.
 
DEVELOPMENT
At seven or eight weeks, the Harrier puppy weighs between 4.5 and 5 kg. After nine months it reaches its maximum height, although it doesn’t mature completely until the 18th month. To choose a Harrier puppy, avoid shyness, and seek a kind, extroverted one. Have the patience of waiting for a litter, since breeders don’t breed very often and the demand for this breed is almost nonexistent. A show puppy should have good bones and substance: avoid tails curved over the back, weak muzzles and light eyes. Tricolor puppies can lose the dark saddle and end up as bicolor adults.
 
HEALTH             
The Harrier is known (to the few who know it) as a very healthy and vigorous dog. Although there is very little hip dysplasia incidence in the breed, there are cases; there are no eye problems. There have been epilepsy cases and seizures in the breed. The closed and impermeable coat requires little care, but the ears should be cleaned once a week. Breeders inform about some dental problems, and the owner should follow a strict dental hygiene program. Regular exercise is vital to have a healthy Harrier.
Easy to educate and kind, the Harrier stands out amongst other tougher hound types: it even is clean at home, which can’t be said about “Snoopy” dogs
 
Where have all the Harriers gone? It is not so difficult to find a breeder.