Hound Dog Breeds
Sighthounds with their remarkable vision and great speed, could spot game in the far distance and chase it down.
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
And here, for a closer look, are the hound dog breeds being shown by their handlers at the well-known Crufts Dog Show, England, in 2018. You will notice there are quite a few more breeds in the UK hound group than the ones classified by the AKC including the expanded six varieties of Dachshund.
This is a long video but well worth watching, so set aside some time to sit back and enjoy!
These magnificent hounds all look so good, I'm sure the judge must have had a hard time making his selections.
Just for fun, try to guess which ones he chooses before the judge makes his announcement.
Other AKC Dog Breed Groups Of Interest
- 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 - Breeds In Waiting
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