Types of Hound Dogs
The Sighthounds and Scenthounds

There are two types of hound dogs: the Sighthounds and the Scenthounds. Read about their dog breed characteristics and look at dog breed photos.



The Scenthounds track prays using their efficient noses, some hunt by air scenting and others prefer to follow a ground trail.

Hounds are more independent than sporting dogs and tend to work at a distance from their masters. To signal their position and communicate with their human companions they use a characteristic sound called baying.

Before choosing a breed of dog from this group, make sure that their vocalizations are compatible with your neighbors and living style.

Scenthounds often work in packs and are very sociable creatures. They easily accept people and other dogs but might see small pets and cats as prey.

Scenthound often have long ears that are belived to channel the smells to their sensitives noses.

Not all the kennel clubs agree about which breeds should be assigned to this group and the list of Scenthounds breeds can be controversial.

We offer here a short list of dog breeds commonly included in the Scenthounds group with dog breed photos and pictures below.

Basset Hound, Beagle, Black and Tan Coonhound, Blood Hound, Dachshund, Foxhound, Grand Bleu de Gascogne, Harrier, Otterhound, Griffon Vandéen, Segugio Italiano.



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The Sighthounds also called Gazehounds, use their sight to locate and chase their quarry.

These hunting dog breeds are the swiftest and most elegant dogs. As they are not expected to take directions from their masters when hunting, they are quite independent and sometimes aloof.

These types of dog breeds enjoy sports like lure coursing and racing and love running or walking with their humans.

Gazehounds are not as wired as the sporting dogs and after a good run or chasing a ball for few minutes, are happy to curl up on the sofa for hours.

In this list of dog breeds we included the best known sighthounds and you can see below some dog breeds pictures of these types of hound dogs.

Afghan Hound, Borzoi, Greyhound, Ibizan Hound, Irish Wolfhound, Saluki, Scottish Deerhound, Whippet.


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