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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.

Portuguese Podengo Pequeno

Portuguese Podengo Pequeno

Classified as a hound, the alert and playful little Portuguese Podengo Pequeno is a quick, athletic…

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Redbone Coonhound

Redbone Coonhound

The streamlined Redbone Coonhound, an American original, is even-tempered, mellow, and kindly a…

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Rhodesian Ridgeback

Rhodesian Ridgeback

The Rhodesian Ridgeback is an all-purpose “Renaissance hound” whose hallmark is the ridge, o…

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Saluki

Saluki

Among the world’s oldest breeds, the slim but rugged Saluki was the hunting hound of kings fo…

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Scottish Deerhound

Scottish Deerhound

The crisply coated Scottish Deerhound, “Royal Dog of Scotland,” is a majestically large…

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Sloughi

Sloughi

The ancient Sloughi, nicknamed the “Arabian Greyhound,” is a lean, swift coursing hound who…

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Treeing Walker Coonhound

Treeing Walker Coonhound

A smart, brave, and sensible hunter, the Treeing Walker Coonhound is a genuine American favorite…

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Whippet

Whippet

The sleek, sweet-faced Whippet, the “Poor Man’s Racehorse,” is lightning quick. He is a…

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