Super Sleuths And Daring Dashers Of The Doggy World
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.
Hound dog breeds 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.
Official American Kennel Club Hound Group List-
come in two subgroups:
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.
The Afghan Hound is rightly known as the “King Of Dogs.” An ancient breed with a regal bearing and aloof personality; The super model of the doggy world, yet sensitive and sweet to their owners.
American Foxhounds get on with pretty much everybody, children and dogs included. They can be stubborn but the trick is to convince them that they want the same thing as their owner!
The Basset Hound is placid, easygoing and adaptable yet can be stubborn to the point of distraction if asked to do something any way but their own
Black and Tan Coonhounds are good natured and affectionate dogs; laid back in the house but independent and scent orientated hunters outside.
The Saluki dog breed is elegant and gentle by nature, loving to chase and run free outside, yet quiet in the home. Sometimes Known as the Persian Greyhound.
The unique Basenji stands out from his doggy cousins for his yodeling cry and cat-
African in origin, this hunting dog is probably the oldest known breed.
Bloodhounds are gentle giants and their ability to follow a scent is legendary. They need long walks and an easy going patient owner who doesn’t mind slobber
The Borzoi is an elegant and aristocratic sight hound. Independent minded and aloof , they are graceful running machines when allowed to run free.
The Dachshund is a clever and gregarious soul who loves to play.
Full of character and charm, this independent little dog makes a great companion for the right owner
The Irish Wolfhound is a calm, friendly and affectionate giant.
Bred by royalty to hunt wolves, they are fast powerful and need plenty of safe space to exercise in