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The Harrier Dog Breed Profile

Jun 26, 2008
The Harrier is a very friendly dog that actually makes a good watch dog but may help a prowler find your house keys. She loves everyone! She needs plenty of exercise so she is not an apartment dog. A properly fenced in yard or acreage is essential for her. She can be very vocal and may tend to wander off after a scent so keep her under control. She is a pack dog so she generally gets along very well with other dogs. Be cautious with her and other pets besides dogs as she may consider them prey. She is generally very good with older children. As a reminder, never leave a child unsupervised with a puppy or dog.

Approximate Adult Size

The approximate adult size (two years old or older) of the Harrier is 18 to 22 inches to the withers (highest point of the shoulder) and 40 to 60 pounds. The female runs smaller and lighter than the male.

Special Health Considerations

Most dog breeds have certain inherited health problems associated with that specific breed and the Harrier is no exception. Although this breed is considered very healthy, be on the look out for rare cases of epilepsy (common in dogs), jaw malformations and Canine Hip Dysplasia (genetic based looseness in the hip joint that can lead to arthritis pain and lameness). This disease list is an informative guideline only. Other diseases may also be significant threats, please contact your veterinarian for a complete list.

She should visit the veterinarian several times in the first year for shots, boosters and check up. Then, as an adult, she should visit the veterinarian yearly for shots and check up. As she gets older, six years and on, she should visit the veterinarian twice a year for check ups and shots. Remember; avoid feeding your dog sweets.

Grooming

The Harrier has a short dense, glossy and hard coat sheds average. She should be brushed weekly. Brushing will help her maintain a clean and healthy coat and help you keep a closer eye on her health and strengthen your emotional bond with her.
Her teeth should be brushed at least twice a week with toothpaste and toothbrush designed for dogs. Brushing removes the accumulation of plaque and tartar which can cause cavities (rarely) and periodontal disease. Dog periodontal disease can lead to pain, loss of teeth, bad breath and other serious disease.

Her toenails may need to be examined for growth and clipped regularly. The toenails of the rear feet grow slower than the toenails of the front feet. Generally a guillotine type trimmer is the best for this chore and competent instructions to accomplish this can be found on the net.

Life Span

The Harrier can live between 12 and 14 years with proper nutrition, medical care and excellent living conditions.

History

The Harrier comes from Great Britain where they were developed for hunting rabbits and small game in packs. They were first registered by the American Kennel Association in 1885.
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For more information on the harrier dog or a complete list of dog breeds visit this Dog Behaviour website.
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