Types Of Hound Dog Breeds
The hound group was bred to hunt animals rather than birds (unlike the sporting group of dogs). They may hunt them with their keen sense of smell – the Bloodhound is a famous example of this – or by above average powers of sight. Their exercise requirements vary from moderate to very demanding. Since they are bred to hunt, some breeds of Hound are likely to chase after and possibly harm smaller animals.
Members of the Hound Group include the Afghan, the Barkless Basenji, the Basset Hound, the Bloodhound, Beagles, the Finnish Spitz, the Russian Wolfhound, the Deerhound, the Elkhound, the Greyhound, the Ibizan Hound, the Irish Wolfhound, the Otterhound, the Rhodesian Ridgeback, the Saluki, and the Dachshund.
Hounds are very intelligent, loyal and affectionate. Here are the characteristics of some popular members of the Hound Group:
BEST HOUND DOG BLOODHOUND
The Bloodhound is famous for its superior sense of smell, so superior that it is used by law enforcement and search and rescue groups. They are large – 90 pounds is not uncommon – but gentle and lovable.
Grooming: Minimal, but they do tend to drool heavily, often shaking their head and flinging saliva.
Exercise: Average to high amount of exercise needed. They were bred to run through the woods tracking by sent; the stay on the couch life is not for them.
Small children: Bloodhounds love children and are very good with them. As with all large dogs, common sense should be used.
Aggressiveness: Bloodhounds are affectionate and lovable. They can be aloof with strangers. They would not make good watchdogs.
RIGHT CHOOSING FOR YOU BEAGLES
Beagles are small, cheerful, lovable little dogs. They can be stubborn, but are affectionate and love attention. They weigh around 20-30 pounds.
Grooming: Minimal, because of their short smooth coat.
Exercise: Average to high amount of exercise is recommended for these energetic little dogs.
Small children: Beagles love small children and are not big enough to rough them up.
Aggressiveness: Beagles are sweet, friendly, and not naturally aggressive.
Dachshunds are low to the ground, humorous little dogs who originally were bred to chase quarry underground in tunnels and burrows. They come in three varieties, smooth-coated, long-haired, and wire haired. They also come in miniature and standard breeds, ranging from around 8 to 20 pounds.
Grooming: Minimal for the smooth-coated variety, and only requiring regular brushing for the long-haired and wire-haired variety.
Exercise: Moderate amount of exercise is required.
Small children: Dachshunds love small children, but smaller Dachshunds could be injured by small children.
Aggressiveness: Dachshunds are friendly and affectionate. They are too small and too loving to be good watchdogs.
Greyhounds are an example of a sight hound, and can tirelessly chase rabbits and other prey. Lean and elegant, streamlined for running, they weigh about 70-80 pounds.
Grooming: Very little because they have a short smooth coat.
Exercise: They need a lot of exercise. Care should be taken when letting them off the leash because they will run and run and could get lost.
Small children: Rescue Greyhounds from racetracks have not grown up around children. A Greyhound raised with children may do well, but they have been known to snap at children.
Aggressiveness: Greyhounds tend to be friendly and affectionate. Some are a bit aloof. They are not an aggressive breed.
Irish Wolfhounds are huge, often weighing around 120 pounds and standing much taller than their owners. They are the tallest known breed of dog, although not the heaviest in weight. They also are sight-hounds, and originally chased wolves.
Grooming: Regular brushing helps keep their wiry rough coat untangled.
Exercise: They need a lot of exercise. They were bred to run and hunt down predators.
Small children: Despite their large size and breeding as hunters, they are known to be very good with children.
Aggressiveness: They can be aggressive when provoked but are generally gentle, affectionate, companions.
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