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Harrier Hound Breed Profile for Jordan Dog Training


The Harrier Hound, a lesser-known but highly adaptable breed, is a medium-sized dog known for its prowess in hunting and its friendly disposition. Originating from England, this breed has gradually made its way into Australian households, gaining popularity for its versatility and amiable nature.


  • Size: Medium, with males typically standing at about 48-55 cm and females slightly smaller.
  • Build: Sturdy and muscular, yet more refined than the English Foxhound.
  • Coat: Short, dense, and weather-proof, requiring minimal grooming.
  • Colours: Usually tri-colour (black, tan, and white), lemon and white, or red and white.


  • Personality: Known for their good-natured and outgoing temperament. They are friendly, making them excellent family pets.
  • Energy Levels: High-energy dogs, requiring regular, vigorous exercise.
  • Intelligence: Quite intelligent and responsive to training, though sometimes stubborn.
  • Socialisation: Generally good with other dogs and children, but early socialisation is recommended.


  • Obedience: Responds well to consistent, positive reinforcement training methods.
  • Exercise Needs: Needs ample daily exercise; ideal for active Australian families.
  • Suitability for Dog Sports: Good candidate for dog sports like agility and tracking due to their keen sense of smell and agility.


  • Lifespan: Typically lives for 12-15 years.
  • Common Health Issues: Generally healthy, but can be prone to hip dysplasia, ear infections (due to their long ears), and eye problems.
  • Veterinary Care: Regular veterinary check-ups and vaccinations are necessary.

Suitability for Australian Climate

  • Adaptability: Adapts well to various environments, including Australian climates. However, care should be taken during extreme heat.
  • Living Conditions: Suitable for both rural and suburban living. A home with a spacious backyard is ideal.


Harrier Hounds are a wonderful addition to active families. Their friendly nature, combined with their need for exercise, makes them suitable for various lifestyles in Australia. As with any breed, early training and socialisation are key to harnessing their best qualities. For Australian dog owners, especially those who enjoy an active lifestyle, the Harrier Hound can be a loyal and joyful companion.

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