Types Of Hounds And Hound Dog Breeds

Two types of hounds make up this group, sight and scent hounds have the best eyes and noses of the whole doggy world. Find out more about this varied, wide ranging and fascinating group.

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Amongst the hound group are some of the oldest breeds in existence to day, and this well reflects the fact that for thousands of year’s man has hunted animals. Whilst bow and arrow,even spear served this purpose well, speed and stamina were required to chase down prey over open country, sight hounds developed a keen turn of pace and remarkable stamina whilst the scent hounds evolved to pursue prey in close, dense and more difficult terrains such as forest, marsh or bush .

For this reason the hound group displays enormous variation in size, temperament, speed and strength. A hound’s quarry may vary from that of a small rabbit right up to large ferocious beasts, wolves, elk even lions.

Otter Hounds can follow a scent over water and the Bloodhound can successfully follow a trail over many days, some are feisty, some mellow, some aloof whilst still others are very affectionate, Dachshunds confuse matters even more by acting as if they were terriers!

One thing they all have in common though are their excellent senses and an independence that comes from working alone away from human guidance, hounds generally are not aggressive or territorial and are at their happiest when you give them something to chase or sniff.

Types of hounds come in two subgroups: Sight Hounds and Scent Hounds.

Sight Hounds are the canine world’s swiftest runners, they will spot and pursue fleeing game they are intelligent as they have to act independently making their own decisions. Sight hounds are generally considered calm and aloof

Scent Hounds have a sense of smell far eclipsing anything we humans can imagine, these guys live in a world of aromas that is essentially another plane of reality . Some track prey by air scenting, some by scenting a trail and there are numerous tales of these dogs’ legendary abilities, abilities to track down their quarry that can seem almost supernatural at times .

Scent hounds can be more independent than the sporting group often working far ahead of the hunt whilst they independently track down quarry. On the whole though scent hounds are sociable and fun loving, many were bred to live and play within a pack structure, this makes them adaptable and easy to live with.

It is hard to say which sorts of people hounds are most suitable for, they encompass such a varied range, and unless you really are totally immobile living on the top floor of a block of flats then there is sure to be one breed from this remarkable group that will be suitable for you.

Types Of Hounds In This Group

Afghan Hound
American English Coonhound
American Foxhound
Basset Hound
Black And Tan CoonHound
Bluetick Coonhound
Foxhound English
Ibizan hound
Irish Wolfhound
Norwegian Elkhound
Otter hound
Petit Basset Griffon Vendeen
Pharaoh Hound
Portuguese Podengo Pequeno
Redbone Coonhound
Rhodesian Ridgeback

Scottish Deerhound
Treeing Walker Coonhound

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