The first information about the breed Harrier is from the 13th century. The development was happening in Britain. According to one version, the name of the breed comes from the English word for wild rabbit, because the breed was used to hunt these small animals. According to another theory, the name comes from the word Norman - slang for a dog who hunts in the swamps. It is believed that Harriers were brought to the British Isles by the Romans. In the 18th century the breed was perfected and modernized. Until the early 20th century they were almost extinct. Today, however, they are quite famous hunting dogs and puppies for sale are very popular in the UK. The standard was adopted in 1974.
The Harrier has a proportional body. The head is elongated, the skull is flat. The transition from forehead to muzzle is sharp. The lips are pendulous, covering the lower jaw. The tail is quite high set and has medium length. The coat is often in four colors - black, white, red or brown. The most valuable are considered those with a combination of three colors - black, white and gray-beige.
The average height of these dogs is between 48 and 52 cm and the weight is between 20 and 27 kg.
Character and behavior
This is a good-natured and cheerful dog. Representatives of the breed are very communicative and get along well with all members of the family. This is a very social dog, who loves to be the center of attention. If you leave your pet alone for a long time, it will howl extremely strong and may try to destroy the inventory in your home. With strangers can behave a little cold and a retracted.
Training and education
As almost all hunting dogs, the Harrier has quite independent character and training will require a serious approach. You must be prepared for obstinacy and stubbornness. The tendency of these dogs to make their own decisions can cause you problems in dressage and training. Try not to be rude, but calm and persistent.
Most hounds have good health. They are generally not susceptible to hereditary diseases. Rarely get serious problems, but their weak spot are hips and eyes. To prevent vision problems and developing dysplasia is better to do routine checkups to your veterinarian. The Harrier may also suffer from fistula in the anus, cataracts, hypothyroidism and epilepsy. The average life expectancy is about 12-15 years.
Grooming and care
The Harrier has a hard, dense and short hair. On the ears the fur is finer and softer than the rest of the body. This breed requires minimal care - just regular brushing of the coat to remove dead hairs. Bathing can be done only when necessary. The nails and ears require regular checkups, trimming and cleaning. It is not desirable to raise your puppy in an apartment.
The overall condition of your Harrier is very important. He should be strong and muscular, never fat. You must choose the right diet and not let him overeat.
Children and other pets
The Harrier gets along very well with other dogs, but can be aggressive towards other animals and pets in the house. These hounds are very kind with children and love to play with them. In general, it is a perfect family dog.
These are typical hunting dogs and will use every chance to follow a scent or chase a prey. You should have a very good fence. Electronic fences are not an option because Harriers are resistant to pain and the electrical shock will not stop them at all.
Harriers are very good watchdogs. They will certainly bark if anything unusual is happening around
your property. But they are not good guards cause they are always friendly and kind to strangers.