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Friendly, energetic and outgoing


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Breed Overview

The Harrier is a friendly, energetic medium-sized hound with a strong hunting instinct. Excellent with families, they require regular exercise and thrive on companionship.

Physical Characteristics
  • Size Medium
  • Height 19-21 inches (48-53 cm)
  • Weight 45-60 lbs (20-27 kg)
  • Life Span 12-15 years
  • Coat Short, dense, and glossy
  • Color Any hound color, commonly tri-color, red and white, lemon and white
  • Grooming Low; regular brushing and occasional baths
  • Temperament Outgoing, friendly, and cheerful
  • Energy Level High
  • Intelligence High
Health Needs
  • Exercise Requires regular, vigorous exercise
  • Trainability Intelligent but can be independent; responds well to consistent training
  • Socialization Good with children and other dogs; enjoys company
  • Grooming Low; regular brushing and occasional baths
  • Health Issues Generally healthy; some may be prone to hip dysplasia and ear infections
  • Suitability for Families Best for active families, Harriers are friendly, good with children, and enjoy companionship
  • Suitable Living Space Best for homes with yards, adapts to active lifestyles, needs daily exercise

About the Breed

Harriers are known for their stamina and scenting ability. Originally bred for hunting hares and foxes, they are skilled at working in packs and have a keen nose for tracking.

History of the Breed

The Harrier’s origins trace back to England, where they were developed to hunt hares. Their name is derived from their prey, the hare. They are a historic breed, with a lineage dating back several hundred years.

Fun Facts About the Harrier

What To Expect When Caring For a Harrier


Generally a healthy breed, but some may be prone to hip dysplasia and ear infections. Regular health check-ups and screenings are recommended.


Low maintenance; regular brushing is sufficient to keep their coat in good condition. Occasional baths, regular nail trims, and ear checks are necessary.


High exercise needs; requires regular, vigorous activity. Ideal for active families or individuals who can provide ample exercise opportunities.


Intelligent and capable of learning quickly. Can be independent, so consistent, patient training is necessary. Early socialization is important to develop well-rounded behavior.


Requires a balanced diet appropriate for a medium-sized, active breed. Care should be taken to monitor their food intake and prevent obesity.

Caring for a Harrier involves meeting their exercise and companionship needs. They thrive in environments where they can be active and are part of family activities. With proper care, including regular veterinary visits, suitable nutrition, and sufficient exercise, Harriers make lively and affectionate companions.

Harrier Common Health Issues and Recommended Tests

Harriers, known for their energy and stamina, are generally robust dogs but, like all breeds, they have predispositions to certain health issues. Awareness of these conditions and the recommended tests can help maintain their health.

Description: A genetic condition where the hip joint doesn't develop properly, leading to arthritis.

Description: Due to their long ears, Harriers can be prone to ear infections, which require regular monitoring and cleaning.

Description: Including conditions like progressive retinal atrophy (PRA) and cataracts.

Hip Dysplasia

Description: A genetic condition where the hip joint doesn't develop properly, leading to arthritis.

Ear Infections

Description: Due to their long ears, Harriers can be prone to ear infections, which require regular monitoring and cleaning.

Eye Problems

Description: Including conditions like progressive retinal atrophy (PRA) and cataracts.

Understanding these common health issues and adhering to the recommended tests and preventive care guidelines can help ensure a long, healthy life for a Harrier. Collaboration with your veterinarian is key to developing a health care plan tailored to your dog's specific needs.

Prescription Medication Assistance for Harriers

The iHeartDogs Free Rx Discount Card Program is a pet prescription discount card that can help you save money on your furry friend’s medications. The card is free to sign up for, and you can use it at participating pharmacies nationwide. To use the free program, simply show the card to your pharmacist when you pick up your pet’s prescription. The pharmacist will then scan the card, and you will receive a discount on the price of the medication.LEARN MORE

How Much Does It Cost To Care For A Harrier?

Caring for a Harrier, a medium-sized dog with high energy levels, involves various expenses. These can vary depending on factors like location, the dog’s age, health, and personal care choices. Here’s a breakdown of typical expenses:

A purebred Harrier puppy from a reputable breeder can be quite expensive. Always consider adopting from a shelter or rescue.

Initial Cost

$1500 - 2500

Potential Additional Costs:

When searching for a reputable breeder, seek online reviews, and advice from vets, groomers, and fellow Harrier enthusiasts.

Initial supplies like a crate, bed, bowls, collar, and leash can really add up.

Initial Cost

$200 - 500

Potential Additional Costs:

You may already have many of these items at home. Costs will vary depending on your purchase choices.

High-quality dog food is suitable for a medium-sized, active breed.

Estimated Cost

$300 - 600

Potential Additional Costs:

Learn more about the best quality dog food for Harriers.

Harriers require minimal grooming. Regular ear cleaning is important due to their propensity for ear infections.

Estimated Cost

$50 - 200

Potential Additional Costs:

If you choose to perform simple grooming tasks at home you will need to invest in high-quality grooming supplies, such as dog-safe shampoos, nail trimmers, and haircutting shears.

Harriers require routine vet visits for check-ups, vaccinations, and flea and tick prevention.

Estimate Cost

$200 - 700

Potential Additional Costs:

The cost of veterinary care can vary widely depending on your geographic location and many other factors. This estimate only represents the cost of wellness care, and does not include any potential illnesses or injuries that may arise.

Pet insurance offers financial protection and peace of mind, ensuring that you can afford necessary veterinary care in the event of an emergency.

Estimated Cost

$200 - 600

Potential Additional Costs:

Insurance premiums vary depending on the coverage you choose as well as your Harrier's age and health. Get a FREE, no-strings quote from the top pet insurers!

Your Harrier will need toys, chews, wellness supplements, car safety equipment, and other supplies throughout their life.

Estimated Cost

$50 - 300

Potential Additional Costs:

Additional supplies can add up depending on the level of care you provide your pup.

Professional training is extremely important, but can add several hundred dollars to the cost of your dog's care.

Estimated Cost

$500 - 1000

Potential Additional Costs:

Online Courses are available and can help you save money.

Setting aside funds for unexpected health issues is always a good idea.

Estimated Cost

Varies based on need

Potential Additional Costs:

Can easily reach into the thousands with surgical costs, IVs, medications and after hours treatment.

If you travel or work long hours, you may need boarding or pet sitting services.

Estimated Cost

Varies based on need

Potential Additional Costs:

Overnight-boarding, day-boarding, and pet-sitting costs vary depending on the area you live, length of stay/frequency of services, and the amenities offered by the boarding facility or pet sitter.

A one-time fee for microchipping and annual local licensing fees.

Estimated Cost

$35 - 70

Total Estimated Annual Cost:

$3035 - $6470

It's important to note that these figures are estimates and can vary. Also, the first year of owning a dog can be more expensive due to one-time costs like spaying/neutering, initial vaccinations, and training. Regular budgeting for your dog's needs and an emergency fund for unforeseen costs are essential for responsible pet ownership.

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