Hound 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

A breed of charming contradictions: independent and aloof, but sweet and profoundly loyal.

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Basenji

An intelligent, independent, but affectionate and alert breed. Can be aloof with strangers.

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Basset Hound

Easygoing, laid-back, and even a bit lazy, Bassets are great family pets.

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Beagle

Beagles are loving and lovable, happy, easygoing, and companionable.

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Borzoi

Loyal, affectionate, regally dignified; charming but independent-minded.

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Dachshund

Go look up the word “spunky.” We’ll wait. Did you see a photo of a Dachsie? We thought so.

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Greyhound

Independent, gentle, noble, and oh so sweet, but intense when on the run.

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Harrier

Outgoing and friendly; true pack hounds, they generally get on well with other dogs.

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Ibizan Hound

Even-tempered and polite; a bit aloof, but a sweet-natured, family-oriented housemate.

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Otterhound

A big-personality dog: boisterous, affectionate, cheerful.

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Plott

Sweetly gentle with people, but fearless, implacable, and bold at work.

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Saluki

Gentle, dignified, loyal but independent-minded.

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