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harier



harier
The word harier was Norman for dog or hound, so it is difficult to unravel the ancient history of hounds in general. nonetheless, the harrier may be one of the older scenthounds still in existence today, with references dating from 13th-century England. They probably stem from the long-extinct Talbot and St. Hubert hounds, and perhaps the Brachet and later, the French basset. This lineage produced a dog that tracked hare by scent at a pace that enabled hunters to follow on foot.



AKC Ranking: 149
Family: scenthound

Area of Origin: Great Britain

Date of Origin: Middle Ages

Original Function: trailing hares

Today's Function: trailing hare and fox

Avg Size of male: Height: 19-21 Weight: 45-60

Avg Size of Female: Height: 19-21 Weight: 35-45

Other Name: none

 
History
The word harier was Norman for dog or hound, so it is difficult to unravel the ancient history of hounds in general. nonetheless, the harrier may be one of the older scenthounds still in existence today, with references dating from 13th-century England. They probably stem from the long-extinct Talbot and St. Hubert hounds, and perhaps the Brachet and later, the French basset. This lineage produced a dog that tracked hare by scent at a pace that enabled hunters to follow on foot. Thus, although harrier packs were kept by the gentry, poorer hunters without horses could also hunt with harriers, often combining the few dogs each individual had to form an impromptu pack. Smaller English foxhounds may have been bred with these dogs in the early 1800s to develop a
longer-legged, faster dog also capable of running with mounted hunters. The harrier has been known in America since Colonial times. Despite its classic proportions and handy size, it has never been popular as a show dog or pet.
 
Temperament
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.
 
Upkeep
The harrier needs daily exercise, but its needs can be met with a long walk or jog and a vigorous game in the yard. It can live outdoors in temperate climates as long as it is given warm shelter and bedding. The coat is easily cared for, needing only occasional brushing to remove dead hair.
 
Health
Major concerns: none
Minor concerns: none
Occasionally seen: none
Suggested tests: none
Life span: 10 12 years
 

Form and Function
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.




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