Sunday, April 1, 2012

Breed of the Month--Harrier


Color:  Any recognized hound color.
Height:  19-21.5 inches
Weight:  40-60 lbs
Life Span:  10-12 years

Breed Health Concerns:  May possibly include hip dysplasia.

Coat:  Dense, hard, weatherproof, glossy, short
Country of Origin:  Great Britain

Visit the American Kennel Club for breed standards and more information.

Originally bred for hunting European hares, the Harrier is a smaller version of the English Foxhound.  This breed was brought to the United States as early as the 1700s.  Many Harrier packs were bred by specialized hunt clubs.  Today the breed is less known but still have a loyal following.

The Harrier looks very similar to the Foxhound and Beagle, but has a very different temperament.  The Harrier is adaptable, good-natured, and easygoing.  Like his fellow hounds, the Harrier rather enjoys using his loud voice.

The Harrier needs to be able to freely use his nose regularly.  This breed needs a large, open space where he can hunt and run.  Several long walks a day where the Harrier can do this will keep him happy.

Occasional brushing and a rub down with a hound glove will keep the Harrier's coat looking nice.

The Harrier must be trained with a positive but firm hand.  To keep the Harrier sweet and friendly, it is important to socialize him from puppyhood.  The Harrier is known to be somewhat single-minded and stubborn.

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