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15 Pawfect Facts About The Harrier Hound Dog Kids Will Love

Harrier Hound Fact File

The Harrier hound, a type of scent hound, belongs to the family Canidae. This species was bred in England and it was originally bred to hunt hares and foxes as it has an excellent sense of smell and hunting skills. It is known to have a similar appearance to an English foxhound. It is known to have rounded, pendant and low-hanging ears. The coat of this breed is short and hard. The tail of this dog is known to be of medium length and is carried high instead of keeping it curled at back. The muzzle is strong and square and the skull is broad. The eyes of this dog are hazel or brown in color. The nose is wide and black in color. The feet are known to be cat-like and tight.

The reproduction of a Harrier hound takes place just like other dogs. The copulation includes the male mounting the female from behind and females have different responses based on whether she is receptive to mate or not. These dogs are known to make great pets, but there are certain things that should be known. These dogs do great in houses, but not in apartments. Their grooming needs are not too much and are manageable. Harrier hounds are known to have high levels of energy and thus, require exercise daily. Training these dogs could be challenging as they are quite independent and stubborn. They are known to be sweet-tempered and tolerant of children of all ages. These dogs are also known to be quite vocal.

It is quite fascinating to know and learn about this breed of dog and if you are interested, read about the Cheagle and Patterdale terrier too.

Harrier Hound Interesting Facts

What type of animal is a Harrier hound?

A Harrier hound is a dog.

What class of animal does a Harrier hound belong to?

It belongs to the class of mammals.

How many Harrier hounds are there in the world?

There is no exact count available for the global population of these Harrier hounds or dogs.

Where does a Harrier hound live?

These dogs are bred almost everywhere.

What is a Harrier hound's habitat?

There is no specific habitat for these dogs and they are known to be mainly found in people's homes.

Who do Harrier hounds live with?

Harriers are known to be friendly with other canines and can live with other canines in the house.

How long does a Harrier hound live?

The lifespan of this pack hound is known to be around 10-12 years.

How do they reproduce?

The reproduction of a Harrier hound breed takes place just like other dogs or canines. The copulation takes place by the male mounting the female from behind and females may have different responses based on if she wants to copulate or not. If the female is receptive, she will stay still and the tail will be held on the side. If she is unreceptive or does not want to mate or copulate, she will just be uncooperative and will sit down or retreat. The gestation period takes place for about 63 days and around five to seven puppies are born.  

What is their conservation status?

The conservation status of the Harrier dog is Not Evaluated.

Harrier Hound Fun Facts

What do Harrier hounds look like?

This species of the Harrier hound is known to have a very similar appearance to the English foxhound. This dog is known to have short hair and its ears are hanging, rounded, and pendant like. The color patterns of this dog are varied. The coat is known to be hard and short. It is known to be muscular and has large bones. The tail of this dog is of medium length and is carried high instead of keeping it curled at back. The muzzle is strong and square and the skull is broad. The color of the eyes is hazel or brown. The nose is wide and black. The feet of this dog are known to be cat-like and tight and the front toes are turn inward.

The height and ears of this dog are some of its identifiable features.

How cute are they?

These Harriers are considered cute by people because of their color and size.

How do they communicate?

These dogs are known to communicate by gestures like raising their hands or paws, coming close to the owner, and by sounds.

How big is a Harrier hound?

The Harrier dog or breed is around 19-21 in (48-53 cm) in height and is slightly larger than a Westiepoo and quite bigger than a Norwich terrier. It is considered to be a medium-sized breed.

How fast can a Harrier hound run?

The exact speed of the Harrier dog is not known.

How much does a Harrier hound weigh?

The weight of a Harrier dog ranges from 45-60 lb (20-27 kg).

What are the male and female names of the species?

Males are referred to as dogs, while females are known as bitches.

What would you call a baby Harrier hound?

Babies are referred to as Harrier hound puppies.

What do they eat?

Around one and a half to two cups of dry dog food which is divided into two meals for adults. Puppies should be provided with around four cups which is divided into four meals. To make sure your Harrier hound is receiving a healthy and balanced diet, food should be provided with the recommendation of  veterinarian.

Are they slobbery?

The Harrier dog is known to not drool too much.

Would they make a good pet?

The Harrier hound is known to be a good and manageable pet.

Kidadl Advisory: All pets should only be bought from a reputable source. It is recommended that as a potential pet owner you carry out your own research prior to deciding on your pet of choice. Being a pet owner is very rewarding but it also involves commitment, time and money. Ensure that your pet choice complies with the legislation in your state and/or country. You must never take animals from the wild or disturb their habitat. Please check that the pet you are considering buying is not an endangered species, or listed on the CITES list, and has not been taken from the wild for the pet trade.

Did you know...

This rare breed of Harrier dogs is known to be one of the oldest scent hounds to exist.

Harriers are known to be bred in England and were originally bred to hunt hares and foxes because they are known to have great hunting skills.

This pack hound is known to be an intelligent, independent, and strong-willed dog and is known to make a great watchdog.

A Harrier dog is known to have an excellent sense of smell.

This pack dog, as compared to the beagle is less outgoing, but has a sweet temper and is tolerant of children of all ages.

Training these dogs could be difficult as these dogs can be quite stubborn sometimes, thus, crate and obedience training is recommended for these dogs.

Harrier dogs are known to not do well in apartments as they have a high energy level and require daily exercise and space to roam around.

Major health problems this breed deals with are canine hip dysplasia and other diseases that it is prone to include epilepsy and perianal fistula.

What is the difference between Harrier hounds vs. beagles?

Harriers are known to be larger than a beagle and have a similar appearance to the English foxhound. Harrier dogs are known to be more energetic than beagles. It is believed that Harriers can be left alone whereas beagles tend to have separation anxiety. It is also believed that Harriers can be stubborn during training, while beagles are quite agreeable. The grooming needs of the Harrier dog breed are less as compared to the beagles.

How to look after your own Harrier hound?

The average cost of a purebred puppy of this species or breed ranges from $1500-2500. The cost depends on the pedigree and Harrier hound breeders. Training these dogs could be challenging as these dogs can be quite stubborn sometimes, thus, crate and obedience training is recommended for these dogs. They are known to be good family dogs. These dogs are known to not shed much and drool less and their grooming is manageable and easy.

Harrier dogs are known to not do well in apartments. Also, these dogs are known to be quite vocal and also sometimes love to howl and might bark a lot sometimes. Harriers are highly energetic and require a good amount of exercise.

Here at Kidadl, we have carefully created lots of interesting family-friendly animal facts for everyone to discover! Learn more about some other mammals from our black German Shepherd facts and Golden Retriever facts pages.

You can even occupy yourself at home by coloring in one of our free printable Harrier hound coloring pages.

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