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Most hounds share the common ancestral trait of being used for hunting. Some use acute scenting powers to follow a trail. Others demonstrate a phenomenal gift of stamina as they relentlessly run down quarry. Beyond this, however, generalizations about hounds are hard to come by, since the Group encompasses quite a diverse lot. There are Pharaoh Hounds, Norwegian Elkhounds, Afghans and Beagles, among others. Some hounds share the distinct ability to produce a unique sound known as baying. You’d best sample this sound before you decide to get a hound of your own to be sure it’s your cup of tea. AKC

 

Afghan Hound

Afghan Hound

Afghan hounds, also known as Tazi in their homeland, is a particularly beautiful breed of dog whose history dates back ...
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American English Coonhound

American English Coonhound

The English Coonhound, also referred to as the American English Coonhound (by the American Kennel Club only) or the Redtick ...
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American Foxhound

American Foxhound

Overview The American foxhound descended from the French and English hounds. They were brought to America in 1650, and more ...
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Azawakh

The Azawakh are originally from the Sahel region in Africa. They have been developed by the several nomadic tribes that ...
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Basenji

The Basenji is a breed of hunting dog. It was bred from stock that originated in central Africa. Most of ...
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Basset Hound

The Basset Hound was officially recognized by the AKC in 1935. The Basset Hound ranks 40th s most popular dog ...
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Beagle

The Beagle was officially recognized by the AKC in 1885. It is the 5th most popular breed in the United ...
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Black and Tan Coonhound

Black and Tan Coonhound

The Black and Tan Coonhound is a breed of hunting dog. Developed in the United States from crosses between the ...
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Bloodhound

Although they are not as famous as Labrador Retrievers and German Shepherd Dogs, Bloodhounds have been in existence for centuries ...
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Bluetick Coonhound

Bluetick Coonhound

Although these dogs are originally from Louisiana, their descent can be traced back to the Bleu Gascogne French hounds. These ...
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Borzoi

It is believed that the first Borzoi was brought to Russia from Arabia in the 1600s. The Borzoi is a ...
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Cirneco dell'Etna

Cirneco dell Etna

The Cirneco dell Etna is a small breed of dog originally from Italian island of Sicily. This hound was historically ...
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Dachshund

Dachshund

The dog is probably one of the most recognizable breeds in terms of appearance for it is the only one ...
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English Foxhound

The English Foxhound is thought to be  the rarest breed of dog in the United States by AKC registration. It ...
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Grand Basset Griffon Vendéen

Grand Basset Griffon Vendéen

The Grand Basset Griffon Vendéen is derived, like all bassets, from hounds of superior size, in this case the Grand ...
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greyhound

Greyhound

The Greyhound is famous for its speed and agility and as further proof of this, racing circuits features them for ...
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Harrier

The sport of hunting rabbits on horseback with packs of hounds is well documented. Historians have recorded that packs of ...
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Ibizan Hound

Ibizan Hound

Around 3400 BC, in ancient Egypt, there were representations of slender, curled-tailed hounds that very much closely resemble the modern ...
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Irish Wolfhound

Irish Wolfhound

The Irish Wolfhound is a tall, large dog that needs an average amount of exercise. Never push a young Irish ...
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Norwegian Elkhound

Norwegian Elkhound

The Norwegian Elkhound can be traced as far back as the stone ages. Through the study of the fossils from ...
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Otterhound

Otterhound

The Otterhound needs plenty of exercise and is considered a great jogging companion. Be sure to have her under control ...
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