Section 1.1 : Large Hounds

Breeds In This Category: 

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...

Billy

BREED BASICS
Size: X-Large 55-90 lb Energy Level: High Energy
Grooming: Brushing Once a Week or Less LifeSpan: 12 to 15 Years
Protective Ability: Fairly Laid Back Trainability: Moderate Effort Required

 

The King’s White Dog, the Chien Blanc du Roy was the ancestor to the Billy and the breeds that make up its early lineage.  The King’s White Dogs were used as pack hun...

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...

Chien Francais Blanc et Noir

BREED BASICS
Size:
Large 35-55 lb
X-Large 55-90 lb
LifeSpan: 12 to 15 Years

Chien Francais Blanc et Orange

BREED BASICS
Size:
Large 35-55 lb
X-Large 55-90 lb
LifeSpan: 12 to 15 Years

Chien Francais Tricolore

BREED BASICS
Size:
Large 35-55 lb
X-Large 55-90 lb
LifeSpan: 12 to 15 Years

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...

Grand Bleu de Gascogne

BREED BASICS
Size:
X-Large 55-90 lb
XX-Large 90-120 lb+
Energy Level: Medium Energy
Grooming: Rarely LifeSpan: 10 to 12 Years
Protective Ability: Fairly Laid Back Trainability: Difficult to Train

 

Unlike the vast majority of French hounds, the Grand Bleu de Gascogne has developed a following outside of its native country.  The breed has long had a small but dedicated follo...

Grand Griffon Vendeen

BREED BASICS
Size: X-Large 55-90 lb Energy Level: Medium Energy
LifeSpan: 10 to 12 Years
Protective Ability: Good Watchdog

 

The Grand Griffon Vendeen has been highly influential in the development of other dog breeds.  The breed is the direct ancestor of the Briquet Griffon Vendeen and both Basset Gri...

Chiens Francais

BREED BASICS

 

Hunting with hounds has been a popular pastime in France since the dawn of recorded history.  The earliest written accounts of what is now France mention that the Gauls and Vasco...