Harrier

History/Evolution:

Developed in England during the Middle Ages, the Harrier was bred to hunt hare in packs. The sturdy, large-boned breed was tireless and tough but not particularly fast, making it a good companion for hunters on foot. Harriers have been used in the United States for hunting since Colonial times. Though not ranked particularly high by the AKC, the Harrier serves as a family companion and fine competitor in tracking and agility.


Size:

Medium; 19 to 21 inches, 45 to 60 pounds; females slightly smaller than males.

Color:

Any.

Temperament:

Outgoing, intelligent, friendly; amiable, tolerant, good with children. Most reserved with strangers. Strong hunting instinct; easily bored.

Energy level:

High.

Best owner:

Hunter or active owner in a rural or suburban home.

Needs:

Daily exercise and activity, leash, tall and secure fencing, canine companionship, occasional grooming.

Life expectancy:

10 to 12 years.