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A hound is a type of hunting dog used by hunters to track or chase prey.

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DescriptionEdit

Hounds can be contrasted with gundogs, that assist hunters by identifying the location of prey and/or recovering shot quarry. The hound breeds were the first hunting dogs. They have either a powerful sense of smell or great speed.[1]

There are three types of hound, with several breeds within each type:

  • Sighthounds (also called gazehounds), that follow prey predominantly by speed, keeping it in sight. These dogs are fast and assist hunters in catching gamefox, hare, deer and elk.
  • Scenthounds, that follow prey or others (like missing people) by tracking its scent. These dogs have endurance but are not fast runners.
  • The remaining breeds of hound follow their prey using both sight and scent; they are difficult to classify as they are neither sighthound nor scent hound.

List of hound breedsEdit

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ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Hound Dog Breeds". Animal Planet. Discovery Communications, LLC. Retrieved 17 December 2013.