Tag: Hound Dog Breeds

Rhodesian Ridgeback

  Rhodesian Ridgeback Overview The Rhodesian Ridgeback got his name from the ridge of hair that grows along his spine in the opposite direction of all other hair. This trait comes from one of the Ridgeback’s breed cousins, the Khoikhoi dog, a sighthound that was popular in South …

Redbone Coonhound

Redbone Coonhound Overview The Redbone Coonhound is a US breed of dog most popularized by their portrayal in literary works such as Where the Red Fern Grows. The breed was brought to the US in the 1700s and was a combination of red-colored foxhounds from England and Ireland …

Portuguese Podengo

Portuguese Podengo Overview The Portuguese Podengo is a unique breed that comes in three different sizes. Each was bred to hunt, and the size correlated with the terrain they hunted in. Grandes (the largest) hunted wild boar while the Medio (middle) was dexterous against rabbits. The Pequeno (smallest) …

Pharaoh Hound

Pharaoh Hound Overview While it is popularly believed that the Pharaoh Hound originates in ancient Egypt, records show this breed was actually created in Malta. It is believed, however, that ancestors of the breed were indeed in Egypt, then brought to Malta with traders. The breed was valued …

Petit Basset Griffon Vendeen

Petit Basset Griffon Vendeen Overview The Petit Basset Griffon Vendeen, or PBGV hails from the Vendee region of France and are one of the oldest breed varieties. There are four Vendeen breeds including the Grand, Briquette, Grand Basset and Petit Basset. The PBGV is both the smallest and …

Plott

Plott Overview When the Plott brothers emigrated from Germany to the US, they brought with them the ancestral stock of the Plott, or Plott Hound. They were used in the Smokey Mountains for a variety of game, including bear. The breed shifted over to becoming a coonhound as …

Otterhound

Otterhound Overview As the name suggests, Otterhounds were developed to hunt otters throughout England. The otters were considered a pest that preyed on fish in rivers, and were hunted to be removed. They needed the ability to follow and hunt, sometimes swimming for hours to catch their prey. …

Norwegian Elkhound

Norwegian Elkhound Overview The Elkhound is probably one of the most well-known and popular breeds of the Scandinavian Spitz-type dogs. The breed has been nearly unchanged for thousands of years, with remains of almost identical dogs found dating back to 5000 BCE. The breed is multipurpose working as …

Norrbottenspets

Norrbottenspets Overview This breed has been a popular spitz-type dog in Sweden, Finland, and Lapland for hundreds of years. The breed was used to hunt small game but was later taken up as a farm dog as the breed moved across Scandinavia. The breed was almost extinct until …

Ibizan Hound

Ibizan Hound Overview Originating in the Spanish island of Ibiza, this ancient breed has been around for nearly thousands of years. The breed is a Sighthound, hunting game such as rabbits to help supplement the food islanders ate. The breed has since expanded its reach beyond the island, …

Harrier

Harrier Overview Related to the English Foxhound, some speculate that the Harrier is actually just a small Foxhound and from the same scenthound stock as Foxhounds just mixed with smaller dogs such as Beagles. The job of this breed was to follow hares while hunters followed the dogs …

Greyhound

Greyhound Overview While Ancient Egypt has depictions of dogs resembling greyhounds, the Greyhound was actually developed in Great Britain. It was a popular hunting dog for royalty, and used to hunt swift prey such as deer. The breed is considered the fastest dog, with speeds of up to …

Irish Wolfhound

  Irish Wolfhound Overview The Irish Wolfhound is well known as one of the largest dog breeds in existence. It was used throughout the Middle Ages to hunt boar, stags and elk as well as wolves. They also served a purpose guarding property and going to war with …

English Foxhound

Breed: English Foxhound AKC Breed Group: Hound Other Registries: AKC (Hound); ANKC (Hounds); CKC (Hounds); FCI (Scenthounds); KC (Hound); UKC (Scenthound) Weight: 65–70 lbs est. Height: 23–25 inches Color: Any recognized hound color and markings Origin: England English Foxhound Overview English Foxhounds are the typical dog pictured when …

Dachshund

AKC Breed Group: Hound Other Registries: ANKC (Hounds); CKC (Hounds); FCI (Dachshunds); KC (Hound); UKC (Scenthound)     Dachshund Overview This is a short-legged, long-bodied dog breed that belongs to the hound family. The standard size Dachshund was bred to scent, chase, and flush out badgers and other …

Cirneco dell’Etna

AKC Breed Group: Hound Dog Breed Other Registries: FCI (Spitz and Primitive); KC (Hound); UKC (Sighthound & Pariah)     Cirneco dell’Etna Overview Originating in Italy, the Cirneco dell’Etna bears a strong resemblance to the Pharaoh Hound. This dog breed is a sight, sound and scent hound. The breed is …