The Hound Group Breeds

Hounds are a diverse group of dogs, at least when it comes to appearance! From the low-riding Dachshund to the exotic looks of the Borzoi, hounds share a common ancestry as hunting dogs. Some have acute senses of smell and can follow a trail endlessly while others were bred to run down prey. Many hounds have loud “baying” voices and are often not shy about sharing their feelings with you!

Afghan Hound  

Afghan Hound

Known for its aristocratic bearing, the Afghan Hound is tall, willowy, with an elongated head and a silky topknot. Its convex muzzle gives it an appearance of a “Roman nose,” complemented by delicate almond shaped eyes. Its legs are long and straight. It has a silky coat, with its face and ears in a deeper shade, and a curled tail. This majestic appearance has given it the title “a king of dogs”. The Afghan Hound is also considered to be one of the oldest known breeds.

 

american english coonhound  

American English Coonhound

The American English Coonhound is a breed of dog that can be compared to a well-conditioned athlete. Its head is broad with a very slightly domed skull. Its ears hang rather low, reaching nearly at the end of the nose when drawn out and an expression that can be best described as kind and houndy. The coat is a medium length, hard, protective hair with a deep chest, strong back and broad loin without any exaggerated parts. It moves effortlessly with its head carried up and alert, a true picture of great endurance, strength and vigor.

 

American Foxhound  

American Foxhound

The American foxhound is a large hound developed to be lighter, faster, and taller than its English equivalent, and it is also known to have a stronger sense of smell. It has long and straight front legs, a long, large head with broad, hanging ears, hazel or brown eyes, and an upward-curving tail. The breed is known to have bounding ability, great endurance and speed, as well as eagerness to pursue quarry as part of a pack. The breed can be further divided into show hounds, pack hounds, and field trial hounds.

 

argentine dogo  

Argentine Dogo

The Argentine Dogo, also known as the Argentinian Mastiff is the only native purebred large-game hunting dog developed by Argentina. It has a big skull with a head that has a concave-convex profile. Its eyes are deeply set, its nose strongly pigmented in black, its lips taut and its ears of triangular shape is well on top of its head. The body is muscular yet graceful, giving an over-all impression of strength. It has a long tail and a short white coat with no undercoat. It is said that the breed’s developer used at least 10 separate breeds to come up with the perfect pack hunter and guardian that is the Argentine Dogo.

 

azawakh  

Azawakh

A sighthound, the Azawakh is known to be an elegant-looking dog, long, lean, and rangy, giving the impression of great ability and nobility. The Azawakh is high-stationed, meaning that he is taller than he is long, with a figure suited toward swiftness and agility when running. The Azawakh has a long, graceful neck and holds its tail high with pride when excited; their coat is smooth and short, with colors ranging from browns, mauves, sables, blacks, blues, and grays.

 

Basenji  

Basenji

The Basenji, also known as the Congo dog, is a primitive breed known for its ability to make a variety of sounds, except for normal barking. Its mood determines if it will howl, snarl, crow, or yodel. This small breed has an elegant look about it, despite its athletic tendencies. It has small eyes, straight ears, a wrinkled forehead, and a tail that curls up on its back. It has strong, long legs that give it the speed and sprinting pace similar to a horse’s.

 

Basset Hound  

Basset Hound

The Basset Hound is easily recognizable with its loose, folding skin, elongated ears, cheerless brown eyes, prominent dewlap, and shortened, crooked legs. It has a long body, a big muzzle, and a dense coat that shields it from thorny shrubs. It is a direct descendant of the Bloodhound, which explains the facial resemblance between the two breeds. The Basset hound first gained popularity when it was entered as participant in a dog show in Paris in the 1860s.

 

Beagle  

Beagle

The Beagle is a small but toughly built hound with a resemblance to the English foxhound. It has a wide, somewhat rounded skull, a squared muzzle, wide nostrils, and long, broad, hanging ears. It also has a tail that it carries in a lively manner, as well as sturdy, circular feet. In the US, this breed is a popular family pet. Though a good hunting aid, it needs to be carried across rough terrain.

 

Black and Tan Coonhound  

Black and Tan Coonhound

The Black and Tan coonhound is a solidly American dog, a powerful and large dog that is accustomed to work and activity. With clean, classic distinctive lines and a well-proportioned body, the Black and Tan coonhound gives off the impression of a dog of great speed and agility. It is easily recognizable due to its black and tan colors and its coat is short, rough, and dense. The eyes are rounded and range from dark brown to hazel. The head is well-shaped and the neck and back are both strong and muscular. The shoulders are powerfully built and the forelegs are straight.

 

Bloodhound  

Bloodhound

The Bloodhound is a massive, powerful breed that is known for its refined head, droopy ears, and wrinkly skin. The jowls on its face give it a sad, mournful look. Its neck and back is strongly muscled and its forelegs are solid. The Bloodhound has a short coat that can either be black, black and tan, or liver-colored. This dog is is generally quiet and passive indoors but active and vocal outdoors.

 

Bluetick Coonhound  

Bluetick Coonhound

The Bluetick coonhound belongs to the same bloodline as the Black and Tan coonhound and has some physical characteristics in common. Its coat is rough, short, and dense and is unique in the sense that it is a tricolor coat with blue mottling. The Bluetick coonhound has a heavily-muscled, deep-chested body with strong legs and well-arched feet and has long ears. It also has exceptional eyesight during the nighttime, which allows it to hunt better.

 

Borzoi  

Borzoi

The Borzois are gentle, well-mannered dogs who have grace and beauty, yet they enjoy having fun and racing games. Known as the Russian Wolfhound, the breed was associated to the Russian and English nobility. Its tall and elegant body, its courage and agility are designed for speed and hunting. Borzois are proud, affectionate, loyal to its family and tolerant of other dogs. It is also known for being calm and independent.

 

Dachshund  

Dachshund

Dachshunds are well known for their elongated shape. They have boundless energy, and are highly affectionate. They are also known for being rather curious and can often cause mischief for their owners. If you’re looking for a dog that is easy to train, you’re better off getting another breed, as Dachshunds, being very lively, can be pretty hard to train.

 

English Foxhound  

English Foxhound

The English Foxhound is a solid well-built animal. They are very responsive and obedient to their masters. Although they are that way, an English Foxhound’s training takes patience.

 

Greyhound  

Greyhound

The Greyhound is a sleek, swift dog that is considered one of the fastest mammals on land. Many Greyhounds are unfortunately used for racing and then largely abandoned. There is a thriving Greyhound rescue system across the United States.

 

Harrier  

Harrier

The Harrier is a hunting dog that looks like a small English foxhound. They can be quite independent, willful and stubborn at times. They display great determination while tracking and cannot be easily swayed from their purpose.

 

Ibizan Hound  

Ibizan Hound

Ibizan Hounds are clean, quiet, polite, and playful. They are sometimes called “Beezers” by those who fancy them. This breed is a gentle, sensible, and sensitive bunch that are good with children. They are protective and will hold back watchfully with strangers.

 

Irish Wolfhound  

Irish Wolfhound

The Irish Wolfhound is officially considered to be the tallest breed in the world. They are sweet-tempered, generous, patient, thoughtful and extremely intelligent. They love their owner and family unconditionally. Though they are not guard dogs in nature, their sheer size already poses a threat. They are friendly with just about anyone and it is futile to make them watch dogs.

 

norwegian elkhound  

Norwegian Elkhound

The Norwegian Elkhound is bold and energetic, an effective guardian yet normally friendly, with great dignity and independence of character. An Elkhound can be protective, even possessive, of his human family and his property making him a commendable watch dog.

 

otterhound  

Otterhound

The Otterhound is a large breed of dog developed in England to hunt otter. They can be good with kids, but a young Otterhound is big and likely to be klutzy and may not be the best companion for a wobbly toddler or a frail elderly person.

 

Petit Bassett Griffon Vendeen  

Petit Bassett Griffon Vendeen

An effective scent hound, the Petit Bassett Griffon Vendeen was a popular hunting breed in France, chasing hares and feathered quarry being the primary function. Nowadays, the breed is more popular as a companion, as it tends to be quite charming and fairly easy to train. Quite a proactive breed, this dog spends most of its time exploring, and will make its own fun when feeling lonely or bored.

 

Pharaoh Hound  

Pharaoh Hound

The Pharaoh Hound, now the national dog of Malta, was so named for its resemblance to ancient Egyptian depictions of dogs and Anubis, the jackal god of Egyptian mythology. In general, the breed tends to keep calm when in the house. It is a generally well-behaved breed; it tends to be shy around strangers, but loves to be around children.

 

Plott Hound  

Plott Hound

The Plott Hound, or Plott, is an athletic dog with superior treeing and hunting characteristics. It has a muscled and streamlined body that can hound even coyotes, wildcats, and wolves. The breed is very loyal and eager to please. It even proves to be a great with children. Highly active, agile, alert, and brave.

 

Rhodesian Ridgeback  

Rhodesian Ridgeback

Loyal and protective, the Rhodesian Ridgeback makes a great guard dog, though may tend to be too animated at play with younger members of its household. It is a sharp all-around hunter, and its strong personality may translate to aggression towards other dogs and pets, and aloof behavior towards strangers.

 

Saluki  

Saluki

While the Saluki was originally a hunting dog, it possesses a gentle and even-tempered nature. However, it is rarely affectionate and is normally loyal to one person only. Additionally, the Saluki is not meant to co-exist with other pets.

 

Scottish Deerhound  

Scottish Deerhound

The Scottish Deerhound’s temperament matches its dignified appearance – it is a very gentle and laid-back breed that loves to run around and play. While it is very loving and devoted to its owner and family, they are not ideal guard or watchdogs, because they tend to be too love just about anyone.

 

Whippet  

Whippet

Whippets are generally calm and gentle dogs that spend most of their day sleeping. They are quite attached to their owners and are good with young children making them ideal house pets.

 

 

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