A Hound is a type of hunting dog that would either track or chase the intended prey. This makes them different to gun dogs who would locate the prey and Retrievers who would retrieve fallen prey. There are three types of Hound with several breeds of dog belonging to each type. Sighthounds are slim and chase the prey, using their speed to catch and kill the game on their own. Scent hounds follow prey by tracking the scent but did not have the speed to chase. The other type of Hound would follow the prey by both sight and scent, being adept in both respects. Famous Hound breeds are the Bloodhound, Foxhound and Basset Hound.


Hounds tend to be gentle and even-tempered dogs. They were bred to be pack dogs and so get on well with other dog breeds. They also crave human attention and are very loving and affectionate towards their master and family. Like many working dogs, the Hound is intelligent and eager to please with a willingness to learn. Training the Hound is a relatively simple task despite some Hounds showing and independent streak or stubborn behaviour. Hounds tend to get on very well with young children if they have been socialized.

  • Height, Weight

    Height: Varies dramatically, can be small medium and large builds.

    Weight: Varies dramatically, can be small medium and large builds.

  • Health Problems

    Issues vary according to the breed.

  • Living Conditions

    Okay inside if sufficiently exercised, would prefer larger households with a decent sized yard.

  • Exercise

    As a working dog, Hounds need plenty of exercise. They need long and brisk walks on a daily basis and plenty of play as well. They can wander when off leash, especially scent hounds who will track a scent and become oblivious to their owners call.

  • Life Expectancy

    Usually up to 12 years or more

  • Litter Size

    Varies depending on breed

  • Grooming

    Varies depending on breed

  • Group

    Hound, AKC Hound

  • Recognition