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The Harrier, a dog full of energy

The Harrier is an old English hound, like the Beagle, specialized in hunting, hence its name, which comes from the English word hare, meaning "hare". Excellent in work, it is also a companion of life full of energy which is addressed to the dynamic Masters.

Characteristics of the Harrier

The Harrier gives a beautiful impression of power and reveals balanced proportions. Of average size, the animal is between 45 and 49 cm if it is a female and between 48 and 55 cm if it is a male. The weight goes from 25 kg on average to 30 kg. The Harrier is distinguished by its medium-sized, expressive head with a flattened skull, with a relatively pointed muzzle and not square and more or less wide. It reveals a nice pair of dark brown eyes that are not excessively round and are of medium size, without ever being prominent. About the ears, they differ by their wider attachment compared to the Beagle-Harrier or the Beagle. The V-shaped ear is flattened with a high attachment. The coat is short and has a soft texture. The standard tolerates all colors from black to orange, but only with a white background. In France, we usually meet tricolored Harriers whose back is covered with black.

History of the Harrier breed

The origins of the Harrier are still poorly defined to this day. Some say that it would have come from France and would have as ancestors the Talbot Hounds, the Bloodhounds as well as the Basset Hounds, which in spite of their name with English connotation, would find their origin well and truly in Belgium and in France. Another version says that the Harrier would have been born rather in England and would have appeared in the existing hunting packs in the XIIIth century. Even in North America, there would have been very old records of Harriers. However, the breed was not really popular either with American hunters or families. Regardless of its country of origin, this breed is known to excel at hunting foxes and hares. It is also becoming increasingly rare.

Living conditions and behavior of the Harrier

When it comes to hunting, it is difficult to compete with the Harrier. It is a particularly gifted working dog. This specialization has made it difficult for the breed to spread throughout the world, which explains why it is less and less common today. In the home, the Harrier also has many qualities. They are gentle, affectionate, cheerful, intelligent and enjoy being around children. He tends not to support loneliness. This defect must be rectified by an early education. Obviously, because of its origins of hunting dog, it will badly support the city life and will prefer to be in the countryside. It is nevertheless necessary to take care to secure the garden well, because its instincts of hunting can take the top and push it to run away.

Food and main health problems of the Harrier

The life expectancy of a Harrier is about 13 years. In order for the animal to live as long as possible, its diet must be built on the basis of its health, age and physical activities. As far as health is concerned, this dog is robust, but it is recommended to watch out for elbow and hip dysplasia and hypothyroidism.