The Hound Group includes the dogs that are known for hunting. Specifically, these dogs have been bred for the one specific purpose of hunting prey. Depending upon the breed, the prey is varied and the terrain is different. Plus, other differences exist as well.
The sight-hounds chase their prey by sight, while the scent-hounds chase their prey with their extraordinary sense of smell. Some of the breeds have been taught to hunt the prey and then to indicate its presence. On the other hand, some of the breeds have been taught to fetch the prey once it has been shot and to bring it back to their master.
Hounds are hunters. They will exhibit the behavior of a hunting dog even if they are not actively being used to hunt prey. Although an owner of a hunting dog may be able to teach him a few new tricks, he will not be able to take the characteristics of the hunting breed out of the dog. However, some breeds are easier to train than others.
For the most part, hunting dogs are a popular bunch and make a nice addition to any family. Some breeds are widely known, while others are known only in their native lands.
The Hound Group includes the following breeds:
• Afghan Hound
• Basset Fauve De Bretagne
• Grand Basset Griffon Vendeen
• Basset Hound
• Petit Basset Griffon Vendeen
• Finnish Spitz
• Grand Bleu De Gascoigne
• Ibizan Hound
• Segugio Italiano
• Irish Wolfhound
• Norwegian Lundehund
• Pharaoh Hound
• Rhodesian Ridgeback
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