The Harrier is an intelligent, friendly, outgoing, happy, and loving breed. They love to have a job and will work tirelessly at it. They need daily exercise, but must be kept on a leash or in a securely fenced-in area. They have been known to dig under fences. Some Harriers really like to dig, especially if bored. These dogs are problem solvers. If they find a scent that interests them, they will follow it, nose to the ground, ignoring you no matter how earnestly you plead them to come back. The hunting instinct still runs strong in their blood. They enjoy hiking, biking, jogging, and some enjoy swimming. This breed excels at tracking and agility competitions. Harriers are smart and easy to train. They are also people-oriented. They are loving and affectionate. They want to be near their families and do not do well if left alone for hours at a time. If they get lonely, they will get destructive. They will want to play games with you, sit in your lap while you watch television, and sleep with you in your bed. They will never turn down a good tummy rub. If you leave the house for five minutes, expect your Harrier to be overjoyed upon your return. They are great with kids. They remain playful throughout their lives. They seem to have no dignity and will do just about anything to make you laugh. They can be talkative and have a distinctive and memorable singing voice. They have a varied repertoire of sounds, which includes moans, groans, and sighs. They also get along well with other animals. The Harrier is adaptable to many situations and makes a great family pet for an active family who is committed to his happiness.
The Harrier is moderately easy to train. He learns new commands at the average rate. He is neither difficult nor easy to train.
The Harrier sheds a fair amount of hair. You'll find hair stuck to your couch, carpets, clothes and everything else in your home.
The short coat of the Harrier only requires an occasional brushing. But because he sheds you may find yourself brushing him once or twice a week to remove loose hair. (What you get out with a brush doesn't fall out in your home!)
Tells you how easy or difficult a breed is to train.
A higher rating means the breed is easier to train, a lower rating means the breed is harder to train.
An easy to train breed require less time and patience to train.
Tells you how intelligent a breed is in terms of how quickly it can learn commands from humans. A higher rating means the breed will learn your commands faster (and is therefore generally considered to be more intelligent), while a lower rating means the breed will learn your commands more slowly (and is therefore generally considered to be less intelligent).
Keep in mind that this is only one way to measure a dog's intelligence and a low rating might still mean the breed is highly intelligent in other ways.
Tells you how much hair the breed sheds. The higher the rating the more hair the breed sheds.
Tells you how good the breed is at being a watchdog and raising the alarm when a stranger approaches. A higher rating means the breed will bark vigorously to warn you of a stranger's presence on your property. A low rating means the breed probably won't bark much if a stranger enters your property.
Rating: Guard dog
Tells you how good the breed is at being a guard dog due to the appearance, size, and strength of the breed. A breed with a high guard dog rating will make an intruder think twice before stepping foot on your property.
Tells you how popular the breed is in terms of ownership. A higher rating means that more people own the breed. The more popular a breed is the easier it is to find and purchase one because there are more breeders breeding it.
Tells you how large or small the breed is. A lower rating means the breed is smaller and a higher rating means the breed is larger. It gives you a quick idea of how physically large or small the breed is compared with all the other breeds.
Tells you how agile the breed is. A higher rating means the breed is fast and nimble on its feet while a lower rating means the breed is heavier and slower on its feet.
Rating: Good with kids
Tells you how good the breed is with children. A higher rating means the breed is good with children. Note: all breeds are generally good with kids when they're raised with them.