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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…

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.

Afghan Hound

Afghan Hound

Among the most eye-catching of all dog breeds, the Afghan Hound is an aloof and dignified…

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American English Coonhound

American English Coonhound

These sleek and racy, lean but muscular hounds work dusk to dawn in pursuit of the wily raccoo…

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American Foxhound

American Foxhound

American Foxhounds are good-natured, low-maintenance hounds who get on well with kids, dogs, eve…

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Basenji

Basenji

The Basenji, Africa’s “Barkless Dog,” is a compact, sweet-faced hunter of intelligence and…

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Basset Hound

Basset Hound

Among the most appealing of the AKC breeds, the endearing and instantly recognizable Basset Hound…

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Beagle

Beagle

Not only is the Beagle an excellent hunting dog and loyal companion, it is also happy-go-lucky…

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Black and Tan Coonhound

Black and Tan Coonhound

Large, athletic hunters who work nights, Black and Tan Coonhounds are friendly, easygoing hound…

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Bloodhound

Bloodhound

The world famous “Sleuth Hound” does one thing better than any creature on earth: find people…

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Bluetick Coonhound

Bluetick Coonhound

The sleekly beautiful Bluetick Coonhound is a sweet and affectionate charmer who might enjoy…

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Borzoi

Borzoi

Among the most impressively beautiful of all dogs, the aristocratic Borzoi is cherished for hi…

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Cirneco dell’Etna

Cirneco dell’Etna

The sleek and sinewy Cirneco dell’Etna, the ancient coursing hound of Sicily, is an athletic…

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Dachshund

Dachshund

The famously long, low silhouette, ever-alert expression, and bold, vivacious personality of the…

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