History & Overview
The Harrier is a sturdily-built, medium-sized dog of impeccable character and temperament. This breed of dog is active, well-balanced (both mentally and physically), and full of strength. The Harrier is expected to work tirelessly throughout the day and return home at night to take place as a loving companion.
The Harrier is a smaller version of the English Foxhound rather than a larger version of the Beagle. Harriers, bloodhounds and beagles are closely related breeds, and their bloodlines have been often mixed in an effort to share the best of each. Harriers were originally hunted on foot. As mounted fox hunting became more fashionable in the 18th century, more foxhound blood was introduced, and faster Harrier was developed.
While Harriers are independent (with an occasional stubborn streak), housebreaking is usually not a problem, as long as consistency is used. Crate training is probably the best and easiest way to housebreak a Harrier. Obedience training is highly recommended for all Harriers. Do not take your hound off-leash outside your yard. Their instincts to find and track a scent is powerful, and without training, they will usually disregard your efforts to retrieve them.
The ideal height is 19 – 21 inches at shoulders. The Harrier’s proportions are “off-square”, which means he is slightly longer than he is tall.
The coat is rather thick, not too short but flat. Tri-color (fawn with black blanket, and white); not too much importance should be given to the blanket, with markings more or less bright tan, or pale, or with black overlay. Because there exist gray Harrier, the gray tri-colors or the white-grays would not be either disqualified or penalised only because of their color.
- FCI-Standard # 290/03.03.1997/GB
- John Auborn, Donna Smiley-Auborn, Kathryn Martel – Harrier: A Complete And Reliable Handbook