Hound Group

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The Hound Group contains a pack of quality companion dogs. The premise of this diversified grouping of dogs is that each member can track, be it by a miracle-bound nose, eagle-like eyes, “semi-bionic” ears or any combination of these talents to find the quarry. Essentially there are two kinds of hounds: scenthounds, those dogs that hunt by scent, and sighthounds, those that rely on their eyesight to locate the quarry. Among the more familiar and most lovable of the scenthounds are the Basset Hound, Beagle, and Foxhound. Most of these super-sniffers have similar colors: black, tan and white, referred to as hound color or tricolor. These dogs are generally docile and trainable. More noticeably, the scenthounds are gregarious and love the company of their own kind. This is largely due to the fact that they once used to hunt in packs by hunters all over the European continent.

The sighthounds trace back many years to the sands of Eastern deserts. These dogs are often referred to as greyhounds; like the English Greyhound, they are tall, slender and very muscular. The Greyhound is, of course, the classic example and it is associated with Britain, the country that favored its appearance and ability to run. Most Eastern European nations and Asian nations have their own variation of the Greyhound, and it is likely that all the sighthound breeds stem from the same base stock. The Borzoi of Russia, the Saluki of Iran, and the Afghan Hound of Afghanistan are among the better-known sighthound breeds. These dogs are temperamentally stable and often aloof. Many do not subscribe to unsolicited attention. They need plenty of room to stretch their legs and they make affectionate companions.

Other breeds that tack or hunt have been counted among the Hound Group by the major kennel clubs. To keep with their grouping, though dubious in logic, we count them here. Such breeds as the Norwegian Elkhound, Norwegian Lundehund and Basenji have been included in this classification. Admittedly, each dog has a knack for finding its quarry.

Most hounds need plenty of exercise. While many Beagles can be content sleeping on the sofa indoors, the outdoors offers the hound family much excitement, entertainment, and therapy. Hounds are happiest when provided the opportunity to riot in the outdoors. The scenthound breeds are celebrated for their glorious bays and howls. If you have neighbors uninspired by the music of the hounds, better look elsewhere.

ScentHounds

Alpine Dachsbracke
American English Coonhound (AKC, ACHA, ANKC, CKC, KC, NZKC, PKC, UKC, ACA)
American Foxhound (AKC, CKC, UKC)
Anglo-Francais de Petite Venerie
Ariegeois
Artois Hound
Austrian Black and Tan Hound
Basset Artesien Normand
Basset Bleu de Gascogne (KC)
Basset Fauve de Bretagne (ANKC, KC, NZKC)
Basset Hound (AKC, ACHA, ANKC, CKC, KC, NZKC, PKC, UKC, ACA)
Bavarian Mountain Hound (KC)
Beagle (AKC, ACHA, ANKC, CKC, KC, NZKC, PKC, UKC, ACA)
Beagle-Harrier
Billy
Black and Tan Coonhound (AKC, ACHA, CKC, PKC, UKC)
Bloodhound (AKC, ACHA, ANKC, CKC, KC, NZKC, PKC, UKC, ACA)
Bluetick Coonhound (AKC, ACHA, ANKC, NZKC, PKC, UKC)
Briquet Griffon Vendeen
Dachshund (AKC, ACHA, ANKC, CKC, KC, NZKC, PKC, UKC, ACA)
Deutsche Bracke
Drever (CKC)
Dumfriesshire Hound
Dunker
English Coonhound
English Foxhound (AKC, ACHA, ANKC, CKC, KC, NZKC, PKC, UKC, ACA)
Estonian Hound
Finnish Hound
Finnish Spitz (AKC Non-Sporting Group)
Gascon Saintongeois
Grand Anglo-Francais Blanc et Noir
Grand Anglo-Francais Blanc et Orange

Grand Anglo-Francais Tricolore
Grand Basset Griffon Vendeen (KC)
Grand Bleu de Gascogne (KC)
Grand Griffon Vendeen
Greek Harehound
Griffon Bleu de Gascogne
Griffon Fauve de Bretagne
Griffon Nivernais
Hamiltonstovare (CKC)
Hanover Hound
Harrier (AKC, ACHA, ANKC, CKC, NZKC, PKC, UKC, ACA)
Kerry Beagle
Otterhound (AKC, ACHA, ANKC, CKC, KC, NZKC, PKC, UKC, ACA)
Petit Basset Griffon Vendeen (AKC, ACHA, ANKC, CKC, KC, NZKC, PKC, UKC, ACA)
Petit Bleu de Gascogne
Plott Hound (AKC, ACHA, PKC, UKC)
Poitevin
Polish Hound
Procelaine
Posavaz Hound
Sabueso Cantabro
Sabueso Espanol
Schillerstovare
Schweizer Laufund
Schweizerischer Niederlaufhund
Segugio Italiano (KC)
Slovensky Kopov
Transylvanian Hound
Redbone Coonhound (AKC, ACHA, PKC, UKC)
Treeing Walker Coonhound (AKC, ACHA, PKC, UKC)
Welsh Hound
Westphalian Dachsbracke

Sighthounds

Afghan Hound (AKC, ACHA, ANKC, CKC, KC, NZKC, PKC, UKC, ACA)
Azawakh (ANKC, CK)
Borzoi (AKC, ACHA, ANKC, CKC, KC, NZKC, PKC, UKC, ACA)
Chippipari
Combai
Galgo Espanol
Greyhound (AKC, ACHA, ANKC, CKC, KC, NZKC, PKC, UKC, ACA)
Hortaya borzaya
Irish Wolfhound (AKC, ACHA, ANKC, CKC, KC, NZKC, PKC, UKC, ACA)
Italian Greyhound (AKC Toy Group)
Kanni
Longdog
Lurcher
Magyar agar
Mudhol Hound
Polish Greyhound
Rajapalayam
Rampur Greyhound
Saluki (AKC, ACHA, ANKC, CKC, KC, NZKC, PKC, UKC, ACA)
Scottish Deerhound (AKC, ACHA, ANKC, CKC, KC, NZKC, PKC, UKC, ACA)
Sloughi (ANKC, KC, NZKC)
Taigan
Whippet (AKC, ACHA, ANKC, CKC, KC, NZKC, PKC, UKC, ACA)

Multi-sensory Hounds

Andalusian Hound
Australian Dingo (ANKC)
Basenji (AKC, ACHA, ANKC, CKC, KC, NZKC, PKC, UKC, ACA)
Cirneco dell’Etna (KC)
Ibizan Hound (AKC, ACHA, ANKC, CKC, KC, NZKC, PKC, UKC, ACA)
Norrbottenspets (CKC)
Norwegian Elkhound (AKC, ACHA, ANKC, CKC, KC, NZKC, PKC, UKC, ACA)

Norwegian Lundhund (AKC, CKC, KC)
Pharaoh Hound (AKC, ACHA, ANKC, CKC, KC, NZKC, PKC, UKC, ACA)
Phu Quoc Ridgeback
Podengo Canario
Portuguese Podengo (Pequeno is AKC, KC, ANKC)
Rhodesian Ridgeback (AKC, ACHA, ANKC, CKC, KC, NZKC, PKC, UKC, ACA)
Thai Ridgeback

dog breed registries

Abbreviations:

AKC: American Kennel Club
ACHA: American Coon Hunters Association
ANKC: Australian National Kennel Council
CKC: Canadian Kennel Club
KC: The Kennel Club (UK)
NZKC: New Zealand Kennel Club
PKC: Professional Kennel Club
UKC: United Kennel Club
ACA: American Canine Association
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