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Meet the breed: Harrier

Choosing to add a furry friend to your growing household is a long-term commitment, and picking a breed that fits your lifestyle presents the key to a happy home. With over 160 American Kennel Club-recognized breeds, that decision can seem overwhelming. We’re here to help you meet the breed that’s right for you. If you’re looking for an energetic, athletic family dog, find out everything you need to know about the Harrier!


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Thought to be a descendent of the English Foxhound, the Harrier is a bit smaller in size. Bigger than a Beagle, the Harrier is great for hunting on foot as he walks with a slower pace. With good noses and high stamina, this breed is popular working in packs in England. Not as common in the U.S., this is a lovable, loyal and playful breed.

harrier breed standards

Is this breed right for you?

Energetic and great with children, this dog is an excellent addition to the active family. Active both indoors and out, this breed is not recommended for apartment life. Instead, a large home with a large yard will fit this pet perfectly. In need of a lot of activity, he’ll pair well with a runner or a distance walker.

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A dream day in the life of a Harrier

Waking up ready to play, this pup will make you smile early in the morning. After a game of tug of war, he’s ready for his first walk of the day. Smelling a possible trail, he’ll be easy to distract unless you lead him the right way. Back home, he’ll wrestle and follow the kids around for the rest of the day. Once let back outside for a few laps around the yard, he’ll be ready for dinner. After another long walk, he’ll settle down for a relaxing evening with his family.

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