Hound Dog Breeds
Scenthounds with their keen sense of smell could pick up the trail of game and track it for miles. What these dogs lacked in speed, they made up for in stamina. Among the "scented" dogs are the Bassett, the Beagle and the Otterhound which can follow scent trails even through water.
Many of the smaller hound dogs have been used to hunt the hare, foxes and badgers. They are very capable in forested and mountainous terrain. Some were developed to track down and kill their prey. While others were expected to corner their quarry and hold them at bay until the hunter arrived on the scene. You're probably familiar with the "baying" noise that some of these dogs make.
Quite a few dogs in this group have also been used for hunting of a more "sporting" nature, but some of these sports have now gone out of favor, such as fox hunting.
The Hound dog breeds are an interesting and diversified mixture, exhibiting different levels of energy, a variety of sizes and shapes from small to very large, and a wide range of coats and colors.
Hound Dog Breeds
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Other Dog Breed Groups Classified By The AKC:
- Sporting Dog Group - They love the great outdoors!
- Working Dog Group - They like to be kept busy.
- Terrier Dog Group - Lively, Fun and Smart!
- The Toy Dog Group - Diminutive Dogs With Big Personalities
- Non-Sporting Dog Group - Oh, I'll bet they'll play a game with you!
- Herding Dog Group - They love to round'em up!
- Miscellaneous Dog Group
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