the Harrier is an ancient breed native to Britain. Records of these handsome, medium-sized dogs date back to the 13th century. They look very similar to the English Foxhounds but are slightly smaller. They have always been highly prized for their excellent hunting abilities, both here in Britain and in the United States, where they are officially recognised by the American Kennel Club. Recently, however, more and more people are choosing to keep Harriers as pets rather than working dogs, and they do make good companions and family dogs, but only if they are kept in the right environment and trained by people who understand the very specific needs of this type of dog and accept them as they are rather than trying to change a dog.
Read our Harrier Buying Advice page for information on this dog breed.