The Harrier is a swift hunting hound with an excellent nose and superior stamina in the field. Sources have widely conflicting stories about the origins of this breed. According to one, the breed was probably developed from crosses of the English Foxhound with Fox Terrier and Greyhound. According to another, the earliest Harrier types were crossed with Bloodhounds, the Talbot Hound and even the Basset Hound. In a third source, the Harrier is said to be simply a bred-down version of the English Foxhound.