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Harrier (Side View, Black White & Tan)
Side View, Black White & Tan

Breed Information


2022: #193

2021: #188

2020: #190

2019: #186

2018: #189

2017: #183

2016: #186

2015: #183

Name Harrier
Other names None
Origin United Kingdom
Breed Group

Hound (AKC:1885)

Scenthound (UKC)

Size Medium
Type Purebred
Life span 10-12 years







Height 19-21 inches (48-50 cm)
Weight 40-60 pounds (18-27 kg)

Black White & Tan

Lemon & White

Red & White

Litter Size 5-7 puppies
Puppy Prices

Average $1500 - $2500 USD

A Harrier puppy is a rare breed and hard to get in North America, and even from a pet quality reliable breeder. The average price for a purebred Harrier pup would be anywhere between $1,500 - $2,500 per puppy. It depends on the breeder and the pedigree of the puppies.

Breed Characteristics


3 stars

Apartment Friendly

1 stars

Harriers are not recommended for apartment life unless the owners are very active people who plan on taking them out daily for jogs, hikes or hunts. They are moderately active indoors and will thrive with acreage. They have a tendency to roam do to their hunting and tracking instincts. Do not let them off leash in an unsafe area.

Barking Tendencies

2 stars


Cat Friendly

2 stars

Child Friendly

5 stars

Good with Kids: This is a suitable breed for kids and is known to be playful, energetic, and affectionate around them.

Dog Friendly

5 stars

Exercise Needs

5 stars

Harriers will make excellent jogging companions and if not taken on a daily jog, they need to be taken on a long, daily, brisk walk. While out on the walk make sure the dog heels beside or behind the person holding the lead, never in front, as instinct tells a dog the leader leads the way, and that leader needs to be the human.


1 stars

Low Maintenance: Grooming is only necessary once in a while to maintain upkeep. No trimming or stripping needed.

Health Issues

1 stars

Hypoallergenic: No


2 stars

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3 stars

Shedding Level

3 stars

Moderate Shedding: The dogs shed moderately, and regular brushing will help prevent loose hairs from settling on your floors, furniture and clothing. Bathe the dog as needed.

Stranger Friendly

4 stars


4 stars

Moderately Easy Training: The Harrier requires a firm and consistent pack leader when training. A more passive pack leader will result in a stubborn dog. It is necessary to require the dog to walk beside or behind you when on the leash. A dog allowed to lead the walk will believe he leads the pack.

Watchdog Ability

2 stars

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Harrier Puppy (Sitting, Black White & Tan)
Sitting, Black White & Tan

Harrier Names

Rank Boy Names Girl Names
01 Charlie Molly
02 Duke Bella
03 Harley Daisy
04 Jasper Annie
05 Cody Maggie
06 Riley Sadie
07 Hank Chloe
08 Gizmo Layla
09 Brody Penny
10 Sammy Ginger
100 Cute Puppy Names ›


The Harrier is a smaller version of the English foxhound, more suited for hunting hares. It has large bone for its size, and is slightly longer than tall. It is a scenting pack hound and should be capable of running with other dogs, scenting its quarry and hunting tirelessly over any terrain for long periods. It has a gentle expression when relaxed and alert when aroused. The coat is short and hard.

The Harrier is somewhat more playful and outgoing than the foxhound, but not as much as the beagle. It is amiable, tolerant and good with children. Its first love is for the hunt, and it loves to sniff and trail. It needs daily exercise in a safe area. Most are reserved with strangers. It tends to bay.


While the exact origins are not clear, the Harrier is believed to have been bred down in size from the English Foxhound.While smaller than the Foxhound, it is larger than the Beagle. The breed has existed in America since the Colonial times. The breed was developed primarily to hunt hare, hence the name, and can also do well with fox. The dogs became popular in England due to their slower pace; hunters were able to keep up with them on foot. The dogs had superior stamina in the field, with excellent noses. The breed is more popular in England working in packs, and is still rare in the USA. The Harrier was recognized by the AKC in 1885.


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