Harrier Dog Breed Profile


The Harrier Dog is more playful and outgoing than its Foxhound cousin. However, not as much as its other cousin, the Beagle. They are sweet and cheerful and tolerant. They love to be in a pack environment, be it a pack of people or a pack of dogs. Will only do good with non canine pets if raised with them from puppyhood. Harriers love to explore at any given moment, so please, keep them on a leash!

Family/Child Friendly

Harrier Dogs are good with children and love to be with family. They prefer a pack environment, so a pack (family) of humans will do just fine!

Lifespan and Weight

The average lifespan of this breed of dog is around 10 to 12 years. However, with the advancement of veterinary medicine, pets have been known to live up to 20 years and even longer. The average weight for this breed of dog is around 40 to 60 lbs.

Common Diseases

The most common diseases and medical conditions associated with this breed of dog are hip dysplasia and epilepsy.

Housebreaking and Shedding

Housebreaking is out of the question for this breed of dog, as it prefers to romp and roam outdoors, chasing whatever scent or scents come its way. This breed of dog is an average shedder.

Best Owner Compatibility

Not suitable for the apartment or condo environment. Not suitable for the frequent traveler either, as these dogs have to have human interaction. Best Owner has lots of love and attention to give and a big yard (preferably with acreage) to play in.

Where to Buy

The best places to buy this breed of dog are from reputable breeders, animal shelters, and rescue organizations.

Average Cost

Not Documented.

Aggression Factor

Not usually aggressive towards humans unless they have been abused or neglected. Good with other animals provided they are raised with them from puppyhood.

Noise Factor

Being from the Hound Group, this breed of dog loves to bay, bark, and howl at all hours of the day and night.

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