Hound Dog Breeds

The Dachshund, Basset Hound and Beagle are common as pets in many households. Some may not realize that these breeds, among a good number of other breeds are all classified as Hound Dogs. Hound dog breeds are dogs that share the common trait of being bred for hunting purposes. Some of the hound dog breeds display great stamina as they relentlessly pursue quarry. Others use a very powerful sense of smell to track small or large game.

The hound dog class is a very diverse group of canines and generalizations about the group are not easily drawn. Some of the dogs placed into this group include the Afghan, Irish Wolfhound, Black and Tan Coonhound, Norwegian Elk Hound, Rhodesian Ridgeback and about 16 other specific breed of hound dogs.

Image Breed Breed Group Size Color Overview
Irish Wolfhound Irish Wolfhound Hound Dog Breeds Giant Dog Breeds White Dog Breeds Black Dog Breeds Gray Dog Breeds

Being the same size as a small pony, the Irish Wolfhound is the tallest dog breed in the world with its commanding appearance and muscular greyhound-like shape. Originally called the Cu Faoil in Ireland, Irish Wolfhounds are superb athletes and en

Whippet Whippet Hound Dog Breeds Small Dog Breeds White Dog Breeds Black Dog Breeds Gray Dog Breeds

The Whippet is a medium-sized sight hound that is of much elegance and fitness. It is an English Greyhound miniature and has been nicknamed "the poor man's racehorse. The fastest domesticated animal for its weight, the Whippet can reach a speed of

Bloodhound Bloodhound Hound Dog Breeds Giant Dog Breeds Black Dog Breeds Brown Dog Breeds Red Dog Breeds

The Bloodhound is often described as "the dog in a baggy suit" because of its very loose looking skin. It is a very old dog breed, perfected over a thousand years ago by monks in Belgium. The term "Bloodhound" actually refers to its aristocratic s

Rhodesian Ridgeback Rhodesian Ridgeback Hound Dog Breeds Large Dog Breeds Brown Dog Breeds Red Dog Breeds

Developed as a hunter and family protector, the Rhodesian Ridgeback is a large breed native to South Africa that is well-known for its athletic, hard-working, and good-natured demeanor. Successfully making the leap from African hunter to American&

Greyhound Greyhound Hound Dog Breeds Large Dog Breeds White Dog Breeds Black Dog Breeds

As the fastest dog with a distinctive lean body, greyhounds are well-known for their history of hunting and racing. However, greyhounds have been also been the personable companions to many prominent figures throughout history, including General A

Dachshund Dachshund Hound Dog Breeds Small Dog Breeds Black Dog Breeds Brown Dog Breeds

Often referred to as the “Little Hot Dog” or “Weiner Dog,” the Dachshund is a lively breed known for their long, low bodies and big friendly personalities. Making lovable and playful companions for many families with childr

Beagle Beagle Hound Dog Breeds Small Dog Breeds Tan Dog Breeds White Dog Breeds Black Dog Breeds Blue Dog Breeds Red Dog Breeds

Often affectionately referred to as “howlers” by their owners, beagles are medium-sized dogs that were initially developed as scent hounds for tracking hare and rabbit. However, beagles are now ranked as the 4th most popular pet breed&

Basset Hound Basset Hound Hound Dog Breeds Medium Dog Breeds White Dog Breeds Black Dog Breeds

The Basset Hound is a sweet-natured, friendl

Basenji Basenji Hound Dog Breeds Small Dog Breeds White Dog Breeds Black Dog Breeds Red Dog Breeds

The Basenji is an elegant and poised African hunting dog. African natives used this breed for pointing, driving game into nets and retrieving. The dog's light build and balanced structure allows it to move with agility and ease. Known as the "bark

Hound dogs assist hunters by either tracking the animal being hunted, chasing it or both. This is in complete contrast to identifying and recovering shot quarry as gun dogs do.