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Harriers are a medium-sized scenthound developed in England beginning in the 13th century for hunting hares in large packs. Originally they were used to hunt hare exclusively with hunters on foot, so they were a much slower, more methodical hound, reminiscent of the bloodhound type. When foxhunting became the fashion in later centuries, harriers were adapted to hunt in front of mounted riders, as they still do today in the British Isles, Australia and New Zealand. They are a gregarious, athletic, independent breed with an expansive love of life and a good sense of humor.