Tag: Hound Dog Breeds

Whippet

Whippet Overview In spite of his ancient looks, the Whippet is a fairly recent breed, having been developed in the 1800s. Also known as the “poor man’s racehorse,” the Whippet can run as fast as 36 mph. They are truly miniature greyhounds, and hold the record for the fastest …

Treeing Walker Coonhound

Treeing Walker Coonhound Overview As settlers came to America, they brought with them their prized English Foxhounds. These dogs slowly morphed into a breed called the “Virginia Hound”, a dog that was very popular in the 1700s. These dogs then became what is now known as the Treeing …

Thai Ridgeback

  Thai Ridgeback Overview While relatively unknown, the Thai Ridgeback is actually an ancient breed from Thailand. They were known as “cart following dogs”, but the name was changed due to the distinctive ridge of hair on their back similar to the Rhodesian. The breed accompanying carts on …

Sloughi

  Sloughi Overview The Sloughi shares its origins with other ancient sight hounds including the Saluki and Azawakh. Their birthplace is in the deserts that covered Morocco, Algeria, Tunisia, and Libya. As a dog of the desert tribes, the breed went wherever their nomadic owners did helping hunt …

Scottish Deerhound

  Scottish Deerhound Overview The Scottish Deerhound is of aristocratic background and his exact origin is still unknown. The breed was originally thought to be a type of greyhound that was larger and stronger to chase down heavier prey. Their longer coat helped them to withstand harsher conditions …

Saluki

Saluki Overview The Saluki can trace its history back to ancient Egypt and may be one of the oldest types of domestic dog. However, the breed became more modernized in the Arab city of Saluq, where the breed gets its name. The breed is treasured in the Middle East …

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, …

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