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This English Foxhound-looking dog also resembles an elongated (and thus prettier), more delicate Beagle. But make no mistake, despite her sweet expression the Harrier is a powerful working dog accustomed to a great deal of exercise and outdoor time. While not as common as her aforementioned lookey-likeys, the Harrier is a friendly, upbeat sort and adores spending time with her family, whether they be human or her fellow workers in the hunting pack. In addition to her looks, personality, and strength, the Harrier boasts a fine singing voice, although it may not always be appreciated by the neighbours.

Key facts about the Harrier

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Temperament :

Affectionate Playful Hunter

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Origins and history

The Harrier seems to have been with us for some while, although how long is not clear because older descriptions may refer to the foxhound (from whom she may be descended) and no definitive origin story exists. Alternative histories place her at the foot of the bed of the Bloodhound, Talbot Hound, and Basset Hound, or English Foxhound, Fox Terrier, and Greyhound. While she’s noted for sure from the 18th century, she may go back as far as Sir Elias de Midhope and his 13th century pack of hare dogs.

FCI breed nomenclature

FCI Group

Group 6 - Scent hounds and related breeds


Section 1 : Scent hounds

Physical characteristics of the Harrier

    Adult size

    Female : Between 19 and 20 in

    Male : Between 19 and 22 in


    Female : Between 55 and 66 lb

    Male : Between 55 and 66 lb

    Coat colour

    Type of coat

    Eye colour



    Nestling-in neatly on the menu between the smaller beagle and the larger English Foxhound, the Harrier is the perfect compromise between the two. She is more svelte than the larger breed and less blunt than the little beagle. Her face is pretty and expressive, not the saddest among hound-dog faces but certainly in that direction; her ear flaps are large relative to her slim skull, and invite brushing upon the beholder’s cheek. She’s long with a deep chest that rises dramatically to her tight belly. Her back is so straight you could set your new kitchen tiles by it. Her tail, which points to attention, is often white-tipped and embellished with grain-like tufts.

    Good to know

    The Harrier is little-known as a show dog and has not been recognised by the English Kennel Club since 1971.


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      This is a very sweet and kind dog, especially with children.

    • 100%


      She is very happy and always willing. She never refuses a play session.

    • 66%


      Well-trained, this dog will usually remain calm indoors but become more excitable in the field.

    • 66%


      The Harrier can be reasonably intelligent.

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      She has been bred to hunt hares, hence her name: Harrier.

    • 33%

      Fearful / wary of strangers

      She is very sociable and will be friendly to all guests.

    • 33%


      The Harrier can be very dependent on her human, and will follow their every movement.

      Behaviour of the Harrier

      • 33%

        Tolerates solitude

        She prefers to keep company most of the time.

      • 66%

        Easy to train / obedience

        Her independent nature can make her difficult to train, although she is eager to participate. If her needs are fulfilled, she will cooperate.

      • 100%


        The Harrier can be a bit of a barker; she may croon or bay, also, when feeling blue.

      • 100%