An Introduction to Hound Dogs
Of all the hunting dogs, the hound dogs are the oldest of them all. There are two types of hound dogs, that exists, those that hunt by sight (sight hounds) and those that hunt by scent (scent hounds). When it comes to physicality and behavior, there is a generous deal of diversity when it comes to hound dogs. In essence, the common bond that binds all of them is the history of hunting assistance. Although possessing great hunting skills, these hound dogs make great pets as well. They are reliable, sturdy and have excellent stamina. They make wonderful companions for both adults and children. Scent hounds, which include bloodhounds, beagles and foxhounds, have always aided their hunters by tracking the scent trails left by their prey. Although these days, bloodhounds are mostly utilized in police duty to track fugitives and missing persons. Sight hounds, which are also called gazehounds, follow their prey and keep them in sight. They have great speed and have the ability to catch and kill game – be it hares, gazelles or deer – entirely by themselves. Hounds can be trained. However, they need to understand why you’re asking them to do something. They tend to ignore you if they think that what you’re about to ask of them isn’t a good idea. Every hunting dog that belongs to this breed needs a secure yard and needs to be walked on a leash. For example, a sight hounds will chase after anything in motion. Scent hounds, on the other hand, will follow any scent that is of interest to them.
As mentioned earlier, there is a great deal of diversity when it comes to hound dogs. When talking about size, they range from the tall and lanky like the Irish Wolfhound to the short-legged Dachshund. Generally speaking though, the Dachshund is a hound by origin only. It is much known to be a digger who is used to chase badgers and foxes underground. And by this definition alone, makes them more of a terrier. A sight hound specializes in pursuing prey by keeping it in sight then overpowering it with its speed and agility. They have keen vision, which enables them to detect motion quickly. They mostly have a flexible back and long legs in order to chase down fast, agile prey. They also have a deep chest and a lean, wiry body. Most scent hounds tend to have long, drooping ears. They also have large nasal cavities, which helps them better process scent. Their lips are also loose and moist which is said to aid them in trapping scent particles.
Lots of hunting dogs of the scent hound variety are being kept as pets. They are great with children and good with other dogs, as well as other kinds of pets. Although they make great home companions, they tend to be stubborn, distracted and difficult to train. Some hound dogs that have been used as house pets include Beagles, Basset Hound, Dachshund, Otterhound and Petit Basset Griffon Vendeen. Sighthounds throughout history have been bred to notice movement. They are also trained to chase, capture and kill their prey through their speed. Nowadays, most sighthounds are used as pets and some tend to have mellow personalities while others are more watchful and hostile when it comes to strangers. That said, they have a natural instinct to chase down running animals. They make great hunting dogs.
Here is a list of Hound Dogs. The Hound Dogs that are highlighted in yellow, will have puppies for sale, started dogs for sale, breeders and trainers. More to come.