AKC Breed Group: Hounds

The American Kennel Club categorizes their 190 breeds into 8 different groups. As part of our ongoing breed series (Getting to Know Your…), we wanted to take a global look at these classifications and what characteristics separate the dogs into these different groups.

The AKC breed groups are:

 -  Herding  Group  
 -  Sporting Group  
 -  Toy Group
 -  Hound Group
 -  Non-Working Group
 -  Terrier Group
 -  Miscellaneous Group

      Today, we look at the Hound group.

      The Hound Group is comprised of 31 different breeds including the Afghan, Borzoi & Saluki with their speed and long flowing hair to those hard working Bloodhound, Plott and Rhodesian Ridgeback.

      The group is very diverse in size, personality and their hunting techniques. All varieties of Hounds were originally used to aid hunters in tracking down game. They are known for their speed (Sighthounds: Borzoi, Greyhound, Saluki) or their scenting abilities (Scent hounds: Bloodhound, Beagle, Coon hounds).

      The sighthounds run down their game and capture them while the scent hounds use their scenting abilities to track the game and sometimes “tree” them or hold them at bay until the hunter arrives.

      They are all strong independent dogs with the tenacity to keep after their prey until they catch it. This independence, maybe even stubborn streak, can make training them to be a family pet a challenge. They need a strong hand and consistency. You should also be aware that sighthounds that chase their game can be an issue with children and have to be taught that children are not game.

      Hounds also have a penchant for baying. Their long mournful howlings may not be for everyone, or for your neighbors, so be sure and consider that before adding a Hound to your family.

      Like all dogs, they need exercise. They are used to running after or following game for many miles, so they make great running partners. If you’re a hunter, bring them along with you. Hiking, biking and other endurance type exercise are good for most of these dogs.

      Many Hounds have been enlisted into law enforcement. The Bloodhound is commonly utilized for tracking purposes.

      Hounds can make great family pets as they are very loyal and fun loving. They do have high energy and stubborn personalities, so if you are ready to address those issues with proper training, then look into adding your favorite Hound to your family.

      Good Luck!

      Complete list of Hound Group:

      1. Afghan Hound
      2. American English Coonhound
      3. American Foxhound
      4. Basenji
      5. Basset Hound
      6. Beagle
      7. Black and Tan Coonhound
      8. Bloodhound
      9. Bluetick Coonhound
      10. Borzoi
      11. Cirneco Dell’Etna
      12. Dachshund
      13. English Foxhound
      14. Grand Basset Griffon Vendeen
      15. Greyhound
      16. Harrier
      17. Ibizan Hound
      18. Irish Wolfhound
      19. Norwegian Elkhound
      20. Otterhound
      21. Petit Basset Griffon Vendeen
      22. Pharaoh Hound
      23. Plott
      24. Portuguese Podengo Pequeno
      25. Redbone Coonhound
      26. Rhodesian Ridgeback
      27. Saluki
      28. Scottish Deerhound
      29. Sloughi
      30. Treeing Walker Coonhound
      31. Whippet





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