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(Harehound) The Harrier looks very similar to the Beagle but is noticeably larger.  A broad square head leads to their rectangular muzzle.  Large round eyes can melt any animal lover with a glance.  Large floppy ears sit on the side of their head hanging down past jaw line.  A muscular neck leads to their wide shoulders and powerful body.  Their long legs end with small rabbit like feet.  A short coat covers their body and is usually white and tan, lemon and white, or red and white; their coat often has black markings as well.

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Character

The Harrier is an extremely friendly dog with everyone.  Children and strangers will all be greeted with love and affection.  The Harrier loves to have a canine companion but also does great with unfamiliar dogs.  However, this breed is a hunting dog which means small animals should not be in the same home as a Harrier.  A happy go lucky expression is always on their face and in their actions.  It is hard to find a Harrier that is not playful and lively as well as cheerful. 

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Size

19-21 inches
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Weight

40-60 pounds
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General Health

Most Harriers have no health problems, but they can occasionally have Epilepsy or hip dysplasia.  However, with good breeding these should not be a problem. This breed has an average life expectancy of 10-12 years.

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History

Harriers are typically found in England where they work in packs as hunters.  While their exact origins are unknown, most people believe the breed developed from a cross between several other breeds, including Basset Hounds, Fox Terriers, and maybe even Greyhounds. This breed is rare in the United States.

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Maintenance

Grooming is simple for these rugged hunting dogs.  An occasional brushing will keep their coat sleek and beautiful.  Exercise is more difficult for this breed because lots of it is needed.  Long walks or jogging will keep them fit but they also need room to run and explore outside so a large yard will make them even happier. 

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Ideal Environment

The Harrier is a great addition to many families but may be too active for most families.  Great with strangers, kids, and dogs this breed gets along with everyone and is always perky.  Jogging or going for long walks will help them release energy but having acres of land to run on and explore will keep them happy.  Without this valuable exercise, Harriers can become bored and destructive.  Elderly people and people in apartments should not try to add this breed to their family. 

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Hi, my 10 years old Harrier- mix has been shaking his head for years with no apparent problem (so say the vets). IMO, it is a habit and usually appears for social reasons such as getting excited while meeting a freindly person. My problem is that during the head shaking he spreads hair all over the house forcing me to vacuum daily. Any thoughts?

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