Hound Group

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Afghan Hound

BREED BASICS
Size:
Large 35-55 lb
X-Large 55-90 lb
Energy Level: Medium Energy
Grooming: A Couple Times a Week LifeSpan: 10 to 12 Years
Protective Ability: Good Watchdog Trainability: Difficult to Train

 

Its true origins shrouded in mystery, the Afghan Hound was developed many centuries before dog breeding records were kept, and possibly even before the invention of writing.  There are ma...

American Foxhound

BREED BASICS
Size:
Large 35-55 lb
X-Large 55-90 lb
Energy Level: High Energy
Grooming: Rarely LifeSpan: 10 to 12 Years
Protective Ability: Good Watchdog Trainability: Moderate Effort Required

 

For most of history, the preferred quarry of the English nobility was deer. Foxes on the other hand  were considered vermin, and hunting them less than noble, as such fox hunting was typi...

Basenji

BREED BASICS
Size: Medium 15-35 lb Energy Level: High Energy
Grooming: Rarely LifeSpan: 12 to 15 Years
Protective Ability: Fairly Laid Back Trainability: Moderate Effort Required

 

The Basingi's agility, compact strength, speed, and silence, made them valued hunting dogs for the tribes who used them for pointing, retrieving, tracking wounded quarry, and driving...

Basset Hound

BREED BASICS
Size:
Large 35-55 lb
X-Large 55-90 lb
Grooming: Rarely LifeSpan: 10 to 12 Years
Protective Ability: Fairly Laid Back

 

The history of the Basset Hound prior to the late 1800’s when Basset Artesian Normands were introduced into England is somewhat obscure.  The earliest known description of...

Beagle

BREED BASICS
Size: Medium 15-35 lb Energy Level: Medium Energy
Grooming: Brushing Once a Week or Less LifeSpan: 10 to 12 Years
Protective Ability: Good Watchdog Trainability: Very Easy To Train

 

The true origin of the Beagle, like that of many ancient breeds has been forever lost to time. Shrouded in mystery, there is no shortage of theories to explain the birth of the breed....

Black and Tan Coonhound

BREED BASICS
Size:
Large 35-55 lb
X-Large 55-90 lb
Energy Level: Medium Energy
Grooming: Rarely LifeSpan: 10 to 12 Years
Protective Ability: Good Watchdog Trainability: Difficult to Train

 

When European settlers first arrived in the America’s they brought their trusted canine companions with them.  Settlers from different nations brought breeds popular in their home countri...

Bloodhound

BREED BASICS
Size: XX-Large 90-120 lb+ Energy Level: Medium Energy
Grooming: Rarely LifeSpan: 8 to 10 Years
Protective Ability: Fairly Laid Back Trainability: Difficult to Train

 

Bloodhounds were one of the first dogs to be carefully bred according to a standard.  Bloodhounds are probably one of the oldest breeds of dogs to originate in Europe.  The...

Borzoi

BREED BASICS
Size:
X-Large 55-90 lb
XX-Large 90-120 lb+
Energy Level: Medium Energy
Grooming: A Couple Times a Week LifeSpan: 8 to 10 Years
Protective Ability: Fairly Laid Back Trainability: Moderate Effort Required

 

The Borzoi has always been closely associated with the Russian nobility.  These dogs hunted wolves and other game alongside their masters for many centuries.  Although it is generally agr...

Dachshund

BREED BASICS
Size: Small 8-15 lb Energy Level: Medium Energy
LifeSpan: 12 to 15 Years
Protective Ability: Good Watchdog Trainability: Moderate Effort Required

 

The Dachshund is a unique product of superb engineering and is recognized as the only AKC breed that hunts both above and below ground. It also comes in more classifications, varietie...

English Foxhound

BREED BASICS
Energy Level: High Energy
Grooming: Brushing Once a Week or Less LifeSpan: 10 to 12 Years
Protective Ability: Good Watchdog Trainability: Moderate Effort Required

 

Dogs resembling modern hound breeds have long been present in what is now England.  For example, there is some evidence to suggest that the origins of the Beagle go back to Pre-R...

Greyhound

BREED BASICS
Size: X-Large 55-90 lb Energy Level: Medium Energy
Grooming: Rarely LifeSpan: 10 to 12 Years
Protective Ability: Fairly Laid Back Trainability: Moderate Effort Required

 

So what is the exact origin of the Greyhound? No one is really sure, although this breed is most commonly  referenced as being of Egyptian decent dating back to 2200 B.C  th...

Harrier

BREED BASICS
Size:
Large 35-55 lb
X-Large 55-90 lb
Energy Level: Medium Energy
Grooming: Brushing Once a Week or Less LifeSpan: 12 to 15 Years
Protective Ability: Good Watchdog Trainability: Difficult to Train

 

There are few breeds of dogs which have a history that is as unknown and disputed as that of the Harrier.  Much of what is said is pure speculation with almost no basis in fact.  Part of...

Ibizan Hound

BREED BASICS
Size: Large 35-55 lb Energy Level: Medium Energy
Grooming: Rarely LifeSpan: 12 to 15 Years
Protective Ability: Fairly Laid Back Trainability: Difficult to Train

 

Much of what is now said about the history of the Ibizan Hound is almost completely devoid of historical or archaeological evidence.  What is known for sure is that the breed developed on...

Irish Wolfhound

BREED BASICS
Size: XX-Large 90-120 lb+ Energy Level: High Energy
Grooming:
Everyday
Professional Grooming May Be Required
LifeSpan: 6 to 8 Years
Protective Ability: Good Watchdog Trainability: Moderate Effort Required

 

Depending on who you believe, the Irish Wolfhound’s history may go back thousands of years or less than 200.  All dog experts agree that the Irish have possessed a massive sight hound bre...

Miniature Dachshund

BREED BASICS

 

The predominant theory regarding the origin of the Miniature, Dwarf and Rabbit Dachshunds is that Standard Smooth Dachshunds were bred with toy terriers or pinschers to reduce their...

Norwegian Elkhound

BREED BASICS
Size:
Large 35-55 lb
X-Large 55-90 lb
Energy Level: High Energy
Grooming: A Couple Times a Week LifeSpan: 12 to 15 Years
Protective Ability: Good Watchdog Trainability: Difficult to Train

 

Believed by many to be one of the oldest dog breeds, the Norwegian Elkhound has been present in Scandinavia since the earliest known records of the area as a fearless and loyal hunter of...

Otterhound

BREED BASICS
Size:
X-Large 55-90 lb
XX-Large 90-120 lb+
Energy Level: Medium Energy
Grooming: A Couple Times a Week LifeSpan: 10 to 12 Years
Protective Ability: Good Watchdog Trainability: Difficult to Train

 

Most try to date the Otterhound (as a breed) back to the time of King John (of Magna Carta fame), the King of England from 1199-1216 and who is reported to have hunted with a packs of...

Petit Basset Griffon Vendeen

BREED BASICS
Size:
Medium 15-35 lb
Large 35-55 lb
Energy Level: Medium Energy
Grooming: Everyday LifeSpan: 15 to 18 Years
Protective Ability: Fairly Laid Back Trainability: Moderate Effort Required

 

For the majority of its existence the Petit Basset Griffon Vendeen was considered to be one in the same with the Grand Basset Griffon, and both breeds were generically referred to as...

Pharaoh Hound

BREED BASICS
Size:
Large 35-55 lb
X-Large 55-90 lb
Energy Level: High Energy
Grooming: Brushing Once a Week or Less LifeSpan: 12 to 15 Years
Protective Ability: Good Watchdog Trainability: Very Easy To Train

 

While there are many that claim to know the true origin of this ancient breed, the truth is that the Pharaoh Hound was created centuries before dog breeding records were kept and quite po...

Plott Hound

BREED BASICS
Size:
Large 35-55 lb
X-Large 55-90 lb
Energy Level: Medium Energy
Grooming: Rarely LifeSpan: 10 to 12 Years
Protective Ability: Good Watchdog Trainability: Moderate Effort Required

 

The Plott Hound, although possessing an old and noble lineage, has a well documented history of its specific genesis and development. The story of the Plott Hound  begins in Germany, with...

Rabbit Dachshund

BREED BASICS
Size: Small 8-15 lb Energy Level: Medium Energy
LifeSpan: 12 to 15 Years
Protective Ability: Good Watchdog Trainability: Moderate Effort Required

Rhodesian Ridgeback

BREED BASICS
Size: X-Large 55-90 lb Energy Level: High Energy
Grooming: Brushing Once a Week or Less LifeSpan: 10 to 12 Years
Protective Ability: Very Protective Trainability: Very Easy To Train

 

Although the Rhodesian Ridgeback was named for the country of Rhodesia, most of the breeds actual development occurred in South Africa.  The breed’s history begins with the Khoi Khoi and...

Saluki

BREED BASICS
Size:
Large 35-55 lb
X-Large 55-90 lb
Energy Level: Medium Energy
Grooming: A Couple Times a Week LifeSpan: 12 to 15 Years
Protective Ability: Fairly Laid Back Trainability: Difficult to Train

 

The Saluki is reputed to be one of the oldest, if not the oldest breed of dog found anywhere in the world. There is, however, a great deal of dispute surrounding the origin of the breed,...

Scottish Deerhound

BREED BASICS
Size:
X-Large 55-90 lb
XX-Large 90-120 lb+
Energy Level: Medium Energy
Grooming: A Couple Times a Week LifeSpan: 8 to 10 Years
Protective Ability: Fairly Laid Back Trainability: Very Easy To Train

 

On display at the National Museum of Scotland in Edinburgh, Roman pottery from the 1st century A.D., found in Argyll in western Scotland, shows deer hunts with large, rough coated hou...

Standard Dachshund

BREED BASICS
Size: Small 8-15 lb Energy Level: Medium Energy
Grooming: Rarely LifeSpan: 12 to 15 Years
Protective Ability: Good Watchdog Trainability: Moderate Effort Required

Whippet

BREED BASICS
Size: Medium 15-35 lb Energy Level: High Energy
Grooming: Brushing Once a Week or Less LifeSpan: 12 to 15 Years
Protective Ability: Fairly Laid Back Trainability: Very Easy To Train

 

The Whippet’s history begins with that of the larger Greyhound from which it descended.  A native of England, the Greyhound is an ancient breed, and was already well-established in Englan...

Miniature Dachshund Long-haired

BREED BASICS
Size: Small 8-15 lb Energy Level: Medium Energy
Grooming: Everyday LifeSpan: 12 to 15 Years
Protective Ability: Good Watchdog Trainability: Moderate Effort Required

 

Numerous theories exist as to the origin of the Longhaired Dachshund variety, each slightly different than the next with no definitive evidence as to which one is actually correct. Wh...

Miniature Dachshund Smooth-haired

BREED BASICS
Size: Small 8-15 lb Energy Level: Varies According to Type
Grooming: Rarely LifeSpan: 10 to 12 Years
Protective Ability: Good Watchdog Trainability: Moderate Effort Required

 

The predominant theory regarding the origin of the Miniature, Dwarf and Rabbit Dachshunds is that Standard Smooth Dachshunds were bred with toy terriers or pinschers to reduce their s...

Miniature Dachshund Wire-haired

BREED BASICS
Size: Small 8-15 lb Energy Level: High Energy
Grooming: A Couple Times a Week LifeSpan: 12 to 15 Years
Protective Ability: Good Watchdog Trainability: Difficult to Train

 

The exact origin of the Wirehaired Dachshund can not be precisely traced, although the most commonly excepted theory regarding the development of the Wirehaired Dachshund is that Smo...

Rabbit Dachshund Long-haired

BREED BASICS
Size: Small 8-15 lb Energy Level: Medium Energy
Grooming: Everyday LifeSpan: 12 to 15 Years
Protective Ability: Good Watchdog Trainability: Moderate Effort Required

 

 

Numerous theories exist as to the origin of the Longhaired Dachshund variety, each slightly different than the next with no definitive evidence as to which one is actual...

Rabbit Dachshund Smooth-haired

BREED BASICS
Size: Small 8-15 lb Energy Level: Medium Energy
Grooming: Rarely LifeSpan: 12 to 15 Years
Protective Ability: Good Watchdog Trainability: Moderate Effort Required

 

The predominant theory regarding the origin of the Miniature, Dwarf and Rabbit Dachshunds is that Standard Smooth Dachshunds were bred with toy terriers or pinschers to reduce th...

Rabbit Dachshund Wire-haired

BREED BASICS
Size: Small 8-15 lb Energy Level: High Energy
Grooming: A Couple Times a Week LifeSpan: 12 to 15 Years
Protective Ability: Good Watchdog Trainability: Difficult to Train

 

The exact origin of the Wirehaired Dachshund can not be precisely traced, although the most commonly excepted theory regarding the development of the Wirehaired Dachshund is that Smo...

Standard Dachshund Long-haired

BREED BASICS
Size: Small 8-15 lb Energy Level: Medium Energy
Grooming: Everyday LifeSpan: 10 to 12 Years
Protective Ability: Good Watchdog Trainability: Moderate Effort Required

 

Numerous theories exist as to the origin of the Longhaired Dachshund variety, each slightly different than the next with no definitive evidence as to which one is actually correct. Wh...

Standard Dachshund Smooth-haired

BREED BASICS
Size: Small 8-15 lb Energy Level: Medium Energy
Grooming: Rarely LifeSpan: 12 to 15 Years
Protective Ability: Good Watchdog Trainability: Moderate Effort Required

Standard Dachshund Wire-haired

BREED BASICS
Size: Small 8-15 lb Energy Level: High Energy
Grooming: A Couple Times a Week LifeSpan: 12 to 15 Years
Protective Ability: Good Watchdog Trainability: Difficult to Train

 

The exact origin of the Wirehaired Dachshund can not be precisely traced, although the most commonly excepted theory regarding the development of the Wirehaired Dachshund is that Smo...