Ch. Easton Lilac, ROM
Photo courtesy of Kingsbury Harriers

Breed Registries:

Note: The all-breed registries indicated above are the most recognized all-breed registries. The breed may be recognized by other registries not indicated here. For further details about dog registries, please see the document: Dog Breed Registries in North America.

* — The FCI is the World Canine Organization, which includes 84 members and contract partners (one member per country) that each issue their own pedigrees and train their own judges. The FCI recognizes 339 breeds, with each being the "property" of a specific country. The "owner" countries of the breeds write the standards of these breeds in co-operation with the Standards and Scientific Commissions of the FCI, and the translation and updating are carried out by the FCI. The FCI is not a breed registry nor does it issue pedigrees.


Great Britain


19 to 21 inches

Breed Profile:

The Harrier was developed in England to hunt hare in packs. Today's Harrier is believed to be a smaller version of the English Foxhound which was selectively bred down. The breed has all the attributes of a scenting pack hound being very solidly built, strong, active, well balanced and able to work tirelessly over all kinds of terrain.

In temperament, the Harrier is outgoing and friendly and, because he is a pack hound, he gets along well with other hounds.

The Harrier's coat is short, dense, hard and glossy and comes in any colour including a unique blue mottle.

Health Issues

Harriers in general are known to be a very healthy breed with an average life expectancy of 12-15 years. The Harrier has very few genetic problems and Hip Dysplasia is the most common problem seen in the breed.

If you are considering the adoption of a Harrier puppy, or any breed, it is very important to be selective in choosing a responsible and reputable breeder. Ensure that the prospective puppy's parents have all health clearances. Breeding of any dog should not be done until after they have been proven to be free of evidence of significant hereditary diseases. The Harrier Club of America recommends OFA certification for all breeding stock as well as annual CERF certification for eye disease. (For more information on selecting a breeder, see the articles on the main Breed Listing and Breeders page.)

Additional Health Resources:

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Breed Standards

Grooming Information

  • Grooming — This section of the Canada's Guide to Dogs website includes tips, articles and information covering all aspects of dog grooming along with a listing of Groomers from across Canada.

Training Resources

  • Training — For training information, see this growing section of the Canada's Guide to Dogs website for tips, articles, as well as listings of training centres across Canada.

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Additional Information

  • Clubs, Sports & Activities — For information on the many sports and activities you can get involved in with your dog.
  • Working Dogs — The Working Dogs section of the Canada's Guide to Dogs website provides information and listings of organizations that are involved in various dog jobs, such as Guide Dogs, Therapy Dogs, Police Dogs, Protection Dogs, and much more.

Select from the following links to view Breeder listings; Breed Clubs; Rescue Organizations; as well as Books and other Merchandise specific to the breed:

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