This dog looks exactly like a small English Foxhound, except that he doesn't chase foxes. He chases rabbits and hares (larger rabbits), and so is called the Harrier. He is a bit larger than his other cousin, the Beagle, but is similar to the Beagle in personality. Friendly and lovable, he's great with children.
Harriers have been in this country since colonial times, though they are rare here. They can be seen more often in Europe, where they hunt in packs. They've been doing that since at least 1260 in England.
Be prepared to give the Harrier lots of exercise. He needs action, and can go long distances. Harriers are alert and curious. They can also have minds of their own, so obedience training may re-quire patience.
Excerpts from the Standard
General Appearance: Sturdily built with large bone; active, balanced, and strong. Appearing like a small English Foxhound.
Size, Proportion, and Substance: Height--18 to 22 inches; slightly longer than high; solidly built.
Hare hunting is usually done by people on horseback with a pack of Harriers. But like Beagling, it can also be done following the hounds on foot. About 50 years ago in England, many less fancy packs were put together from scratch. Each person owning even one or two Harriers could bring them together to make a pack just for the hunt that day.
Excerpted from The Complete Dog Book For Kids © 1996, John Wiley & Sons, Inc.