The Harrier dog is small in stature and often an appropriate companion for families. However, the small hound should be kept busy so it avoids mischief. The breed usually hunts rabbits and needs plenty of activity because its endurance is not a weakness. It is important to ensure it is kept separated from other pets if you purchase your Harrier as an adult dog. If it is not given enough exercise it can become bored and, as a result, destructive. Brisk walking or jogging is the best sort of exercise for the Harrier.
The exact date of its origin is unclear, but its primary function is known -hunting rabbits.
The breed can vary from small to medium in size. The average height of the Harrier is 45-55 cm (18-22 inches). It has been said that the dog resembles an English Foxhound – except it doesn’t chase Foxes. The coat is glossy and if kept active the Harrier can make a welcome addition to an Australian home. It is also a muscular breed which exhibits strength. The breed is usually dark brown in colour and has medium sized eyes.
While at first glance it might not appear to be the perfect family pet, the Harrier is enthusiastic and friendly. If you see the Harrier trailing another dog, it is simply acting on its natural instincts. This means it is a must to keep it on a leash, as the Harrier loves exploring the environment. It can also be used as a pack dog but –remarkably -they are great around children.
The Harrier is a happy breed, but the breed’s temperament can be dictated by its level of exercise. Keeping the Harrier constantly active should ensure desirable results -especially in a family setting. If it is not given the proper level of exercise, it can grow bored, tired and frustrated which, given its speed and strength, can lead to undesirable results. However, the negatives should not overshadow the positives of this breed. If it is treated with the dedication and affection it deserves, the Harrier is nothing but a friendly companion and a welcome addition to any home.
Brisk walks and jogging, daily, is a must for the Harrier. Put simply, the more activity, the better for this breed of dog. As mentioned, not following this can lead to bad results, with the Harrier becoming frustrated and grumpy. Taking it for frequent walks and runs will help to ensure the dog remains happy, friendly and accommodating.
The Harrier can live for around a decade and has been known to suffer from epilepsy and hip dysplasia. But, in the main, the breed is healthy and will provide many great memories for owners and families alike.
There are few negatives with this breed, unless it is mistreated of course. Frequent activity will help ensure desired results. While the Harrier is small, it is not suitable in an apartment and is best left in an area where it can roam free in a controlled environment. The Harrier is a hunter byt nature, is affectionate and requires lots of exercise. The Harrier should not be left alone with non-canine pets as it has been known to sniff and trail other animals unless your Harrier is raised with another pet.