Hound Dog Breeds
There are two kinds of hounds: those that hunt by sight and those that hunt by scent. Both are members of the AKC's Hound Group. From the short-legged Basset Hound to the tall and graceful Afghan Hound, every breed in this category has incredible endurance, bred into them for centuries in some cases, so that the would never give up the hunt. We made that endurance part of our language: to say that someone is hounding you means they are pursuing you relentlessly. That is precisely what hounds do.
As with the other AKC groups, there are significant differences between the members of this one. Take grooming, for example. The Afghan will require far more of that than the Pharaoh will, but both will need regular amounts of intense exercise or they will suffer both health and behavior problems. If you are not a hunter, providing that exercise in another fashion will be the route for you.
Today, many members of the Hound Group work in search and rescue, where their keen senses can make the difference between life and death. Law enforcement often relies on hounds to pursue criminals where machines and human abilities would never accomplish capture.
In addition to their unique and wondrous gifts, the Hound Group can be excellent pets.
- Ibizan Hound
- Irish Wolfhound
- Norwegian Elkhound
- Petit Basset Griffon Vendeen
- Pharaoh Hound