Gotland has, for at least two hundred years, had its own breed of hunting dogs, a
smallish red or tawny harrier with more or less white markings on paws, chest, neck, head and tail.
The Gotland Harrier and the Småland Harrier are the two oldest breeds of Swedish harriers alive today. The Gotland Harrier is a native breed not subjected to any breeding as showdogs.
They were a common sight on farms on Gotland right up to the fifties. The Gotland Harrier is a versatile hunting dog, well used for hunting hare as well as fox.
The Gotland Harrier was recognized as a breed in its own right, by the Swedish Kennel Club during the period 1920 – 29. Later on the Kennel Club wanted to reduce the number of breeds of
harriers and therefore decided, in spite of their success at hunting trials, that the Gotland Harrier no longer was an acknowledged breed in its own right. They remained popular, if in smaller
numbers, on the farms on Gotland, and so the breed lived on. Only about 20 dogs remained at the beginning of the eighties.
The Gotland Harrier Club was founded in 1988. The club saw to it that the remaining harriers were registered and the Swedish Kennel Club reacknowledged the Gotland Harrier as a breed in its own
right in 1990. The breed is still rare. There are only about 130 harriers overall (in 2004) an roughly 50 of them live on Gotland. The harrier must be preserved as a vital part of the Gotlandic
heritage along with the rest of the Gotlandic native breeds (the Gotland Pony, the Gotland Sheep, the Gotland Chicken and the Gotland Rabbit). It must also be preserved because it constitutes a
vital part of the genetic manifold of the total amount of breeds of dogs.
The Gotland Harrier is well known for its soft, friendly temperament and it is therefore an excellent family dog as well as having outstanding hunting abilities.
The Gotland Harrier is a healthy breed and it can reach an advanced age.
If you wish to buy a puppy, obtain pictures, or information about this breed or if you are just interested in finding out more about the Gotland Harrier, get in touch with one of the
club´s contacts (see below).
The club has about 100 members (in 2004) and the membership fee is Skr 120 per annum. To become a member send the fee to the club´s postal giro account nr: 168 64 5 0 – 6. The
club´s website is http://www.stovare.se/rasklubbar/gotlands/ The cubs email adress is email@example.com
Chairman Paul Hedenberg Ballabo Brännegård 314 97
TORUP Tel 0345-300 48 firstname.lastname@example.org
Vice Chairman Hans Jensen Hackavägen Bråten 684 93
RANSÄTER Tel 0552-30443 email@example.com