Hound Group

Dogs in the Hound Group are among the oldest breeds of dogs known. Most dogs in the Hound Group were bred to help man with hunting. This group of hunters can be further divided based on their method for hunting. Some have developed a great sense of smell (Scent Hounds); others have keen eyesight (Sight Hounds). The size of the hound is largely related to the intended prey they were bred to hunt.

Scent Hounds include such familiar breeds as the Basset Hound, the Dachshund, and the Beagle. The Scent Hound finds its prey by smell, then chases the prey until the prey is cornered. The hound then barks or bays until its master arrives. Some will flush the prey out into the path of their masters, instead of cornering the prey.

Because of their keen sense of smell, Scent Hounds have been trained to sniff out drugs, explosives, and other contraband (No, in spite of the commercial, I have found no documented cases of using them to find kitty litter!).

The keen sense of smell, however, might also pose a problem during obedience training. All the odors bombarding the nose of the hound have a tendency to distract them from what you are trying to get them to do.

Sight Hounds, such as the Greyhound, Afghan Hound, and Irish Wolfhound, are typically sleek of body. They were bred to spot game, then chase that prey until the game was tired out. The Egyptians used Greyhounds in this way to chase Gazelles through the desert.

Sight Hounds are now used in competition in a sport called lure course racing. In this competition, a plastic object is pulled along a wire for the dogs to chase. Greyhound racing is a form of lure course racing.

Both the Scent Hound and the Sight Hound are typically very robust, with a great deal of stamina. Some can be extremely noisy, especially those who bay, so keep that in mind if thinking about owning a dog in this group. Hair care, exercise requirements, and temperament (as well as other bits of information) will be discussed with the individual breeds.

The following dog breeds are currently in the Hound group. As information on each breed is added, you will find a link to the right for it.

  • Afghan Hound
  • American English Coonhound
  • American Foxhound
  • Basenji
  • Basset Hound
  • Beagle
  • Black and Tan Coonhound
  • Bloodhound
  • Bluetick Coonhound
  • Borzoi
  • Dachshund
  • English Foxhound
  • Greyhound
  • Harrier
  • Ibizan Hound
  • Irish Wolfhound
  • Norwegian Elkhound
  • Otterhound
  • Petit Basset Griffon Vendeen
  • Pharaoh Hound
  • Plott
  • Portuguese Podengo Pequeno
  • Redbone Coonhound
  • Rhodesian Ridgeback
  • Saluki
  • Scottish Deerhound
  • Treeing Walker Coonhound
  • Whippet
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