AKC Hound Dogs ~ The Breeds
|Hound Group General Information|
Many of the dog breeds in the AKC Hound group were originally used as hunting dogs. This is a diverse group of purebred dogs. The specific talents for which some were bred include a heightened sense of smell, extreme speed and agility, and the ability to hunt specific types of game.
Sight hounds, known for their speed and stamina, include the Afghan Hound, Borzoi, Greyhound, Irish Wolfhound, Scottish Deerhound, the Saluki, and the Whippet.
Scent hounds are able to follow a game trail using their amazing sense of smell, and include the American Foxhound, Basenji, Basset Hound, Beagle, Black and Tan Coonhound, Bloodhound, Bluetick Coonhound, Dachshund, English Foxhound, Harrier, Norwegian Elkhound, Otterhound, Petit Basset Griffon Vendeen, Plott, Redbone Coonhound, and the Rhodesian Ridgeback.
Specific game hunters include the Dachshund, which hunted badgers; the Irish Wolfhound, which hunted wolves; the American Foxhound and the English Foxhound, that hunt fox; the Scottish Deerhound, bred to hunt deer; the Rhodesian Ridgeback, originally a lion hunter; the Pharaoh Hound, which are excellent rabbit hunters; and the Otterhound, for hunting otters.
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|This breed directory page features dog breeds that are members of the AKC Hound Group.
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