This compact cousin of the English Foxhound was developed to hunt hare in packs and at a slower pace that was appropriate for hunts on foot. Harriers were brought to the new world from England during colonial times and have been used for hunting as long as any other scent hounds in the United States. Though bred down in size from the English Foxhound, the Harrier is still a sturdy, large-boned dog with great endurance that can hunt effectively in any terrain. They are personable, pack-minded dogs that get along well with other animals and are very people-oriented. Daily exercise is a must but they need to be kept on a leash or in an enclosed area as they have a strong urge to run and follow their nose. Due to their intelligence, they are easily trained and excel in tracking and agility. Their short coats require little maintenance other than occasional brushing to keep up with shedding.
Each AKC approved purebred breed has its own national club. The mission of these “parent breed clubs” is to improve and preserve a particular breed by advancing knowledge about its history, its health, and care requirements. They also work to assure that the breed’s form and function remain true to its historical physical type and character: A Dalmatian, for instance, should be athletic and have a natural affinity for working with horses. A Fox Terrier should have the right body size and shape, and a drive to go after vermin.
Pet owners, breeders, trainers, veterinarians, and others with a special love for a breed become members of the parent breed club to meet like-minded enthusiasts and to support the club’s mission. The nation’s top breed experts are members of the parent club.
The national parent breed club is the first and best place to go to learn about a breed or find a knowledgeable, experienced breeder.