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Hound Group

AKC Dog Breed Groups & Classifications


The AKC (American Kennel Club), and indeed, every National Kennel Club and dog registry, classifies each dog breed based on its original function. This is a list of the Hound Group - dogs with a superior sense of smell, or sight, and instincts to take it after game in a hunt.

Afghan Hound

Like the name implies, the Afghan Hound calls Afghanistan its home. Its tall, slender frame covered with silky long fur is easily recognized as one of today's most graceful and elegant sighthounds. A sensitive dog that requires constant grooming to keep that silky coat from matting, the Afghan Hound does make a fantastic companion, but also needs to have an owner familiar with the capriciousness of independant thinking dogs. Fairly good with children, and content with apartment life, as long as provided with regular vigorous exercise.
  • Afghan Hound Photo Gallery
  • American Foxhound

    Taller and leaner-looking than the English Foxhound, the American Foxhound is still used for fox hunting today. The American Foxhound stands between 21 and 25 inches high, and weighs approximately 65 to 75 pounds, perfectly proportioned to its height. The American Foxhound has an amiable temperament, good with children and other dogs, and requires minimal grooming, but a lot of strenuous exercise.


    Called the "barkless" dog, people often mistake the Basenji for an entirely silent breed. That is not the case, however. The Basenji does indeed talk, but without the harsh barking of a typical dog, and instead more of yodelling howl. A small dog of about 21 to 24 pounds, the Basenji has a body type similar to other primitive-type breeds: prick ears, lean and slender body, and neutral colors, like tan and white, black, and black with white. The Basenji also sports a curled tail, giving him a jaunty appearance. An old breed, the Basenji is thought to have come from central Africa.

    Basset Hound

    The Basset Hound has a unique shape with a heavy body, but very short legs. Its deep chest delivers a deep bark you'd expect from a dog three times its height, and its legs carry it farther and faster than you would think. Due its body shape, however, the basset Hound is prone to obesity and needs regular daily exercise to keep fit. The breed is known for its perpetual puppy dpg eyes and soft expression. Basset Hounds are good family pets, but can be stubborn and difficult to train.
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  • Beagle

    Beagles are amiable hounds, with neither aggressiveness or timidity. They make excellent hunting hounds as the drive to track small game is very strong. Because of this alertness and drive, Beagles can be extremely stubborn, but are very popular in Field Trials, and do best in a working home. Intelligent hounds, they can be somebody's ideal companion and hunting partner, or somebody else's housepet nightmare. Beagles have a tendency to gain weight. Exercise, and lots of it is imperative, as well as proper feeding.

    Beagles come in two official hieght classes: 15 inches or 13 inches.
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  • Black and Tan Coonhound

    I'm a complete sucker for black and tan dogs, and the Black and Tan Coonhound is certainly no exception. A large hound, standing up to 27 inches tall, and eiging in between 50 to 75 pounds, this raccoon hunter is a superb scenthound, and one America's finest creations. regular exercise is a must with this breed, or you may find yourself with some behavior issues.



    English Foxhound


    The Dachshund has a very distinctive appearance. Long and very low-slung, with hound ears, and a long and pointed nose, the Dachshund presents a comical picture. Coming in many colors and coat varieties, there is literally a Dachshund for anyone who fancies the breed. Both Miniature and Standard sizes come in red, black, black and tan, dappled, grey, and chocolate. Coat varieties are smooth-haired, long-haired, and wire-haired, with smooth being the most common.

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