The Harrier has a physical structure that enables it to function with endurance and power. Its body is somewhat elongated and well developed. The head is comparable in size to the body. It has a definite stop, broad nose, and dark eyes. The breed’s ears are low and lay close to the sides of its face. The neck is long and the chest is deep. Its back is level. Its tail is set height and longer than average. The front and back legs are slightly angled; its back legs more so. Its coat is short and coarse.


The Harrier is one of the best breeds to have as a pet. In addition to being friendly and loving to its family, it has a pleasant attitude toward people who visit the home. The breed is playful and makes a great companion for children. Training is essential for this breed. It has natural social skills, but needs general training to keep it well behaved.

Height and Weight

The average height of the Harrier is 19-21 inches. The breed has an average weight of 50-60 pounds.

Health Problems

The Harrier is typically a healthy breed. Some types may develop hip dysplasia.

Ideal Living Conditions

Large areas are most suitable for the Harrier. Open spaces provide the room the breed needs to be active. Indoor living conditions are too confining for the energetic Harrier. If kept indoors they will likely cause destruction.


A Harrier that obtains sufficient exercise is a dog that is very happy. This breed has a high energy level and must be able to expend it. Regardless of where the breed lives, it needs regular exercise. Exercise that requires a lot of endurance, such as running is recommended for this breed.

Life Expectancy

The Harrier has an average life expectancy of 10-12 years.

Litter Size

The Harrier has an average litter size of 7-8 puppies.


The Harrier has a low-maintenance coat. All that is required for the coat is regular brushing. Although the breed only sheds an average amount of its fur during shedding season, more brushing is required during this time. A comb is also a good tool to use on the breed’s coat.


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The acceptable colors for the Harrier include white, brown, and black.