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Harrier

 (other names: Harehound)

Harrier
origin:Great Britain
date origin:13th century
life expectancy:12 to 14 years
classification:Hound
height:46 to 56 cm
weight:22 to 27 kg
exercise: Demandingtraining: Reasonableclimate: Temperatefeeding: Medium
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History [ edit ]

The harrier is an English breed, develop in the 13th century, mostly to hunt hares, but these dogs were also used to hunt foxes. It was common that the chase ended not when the Harrier caught the prey but when this one gave up running due to exhaustion.

The Harrier was the foxhound of the poor, because it was used by those who wanted to hunt but couldn’t afford a horse and had to follow the dog on foot.

Harrier is a Norman Saxon word that means “hunting dog” and it is believed that this breed is one of the oldest scent hounds still existing.

The origins are not established for the Harrier and there´s still a lot of controversy.  Some theories are:
- Crossings between Bloodhounds, the Talbot Hound, the Basset Hound and ancestors of today´s Beagle;
- Crossings between the Greyhound, the English Foxhound and the Fox Terrier;
- A smaller version of the English Foxhound.

Theories aside, the Harrier seems to be somewhere in the middle of the English Foxhound and t