The Harrier is similar in appearance to the English Foxhound, albeit a smaller version with a weight of 45 to 60 pounds and a height of 48 to 53 centimetres. It is a compact, muscular hunting dog breed, large boned and appears longer than it is tall. Its form promotes the much-needed stamina and strength for a breed that works in the field. Harriers have heads that are well-proportioned with the rest of its body. Their hazel or brown eyes are keen and alert when they are excited and mellow they are relaxed. The nose is wide and coloured black while its muzzle is strong square-shaped. Its ears are round and shaped like a pendant. The tail is set high but not curled over the Harrier's back, while it wears cat-like feet with close toes turning inwards.
The Harrier is outfitted in a short, dense coat that is rough to touch. The rough texture protects it from the harsh terrain when tracking hare or fox. Its coat is also glossy and can withstand any type of weather except extreme cold and high temperature. The most common coat colours are black, lemon and white, white and tan, and red and white. Harriers moderately shed throughout the year. With this said, it is recommended to brush its coat once or twice a week to keep it healthy. A bath can be done as needed especially when it gets dirty and smelly.
Other things to do to maintain its cleanliness and overall health is to make sure grooming is done thoroughly. This means that it should include checking and cleaning the dog's ears for any signs of infection or wax build-up. It is also important to brush its teeth on a regular basis, daily if possible, to avoid gum disease, bad breath and other oral issues. Trim nails at least once a month, unless it wears down naturally. You will know when to trim nails if you hear clicking sounds on the floor. Also check the coat for any signs of lesions, ticks and fleas.