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Category: Hounds

Drever

A hunting dog with Swedish roots (“drev” means “to hunt” in Swedish), the Drever is a descendant of the Westphalian Dachsbracke...

American Foxhound

Englishman Robert Brooke sailed with his pack of hunting dogs to North America in 1650. A century later, the dogs were paired with a...

Shikoku

A medium-sized breed that existed in ancient times, the Shikoku hunted deer and boar on the smallest and least-populated of Japan’s four...

Saluki

The Saluki is possibly the first breed ever domesticated by humans. Originating in Syria, it was imported to Egypt, Persia, India and...

Pharoah Hound

One of the most ancient of domesticated dogs, the Pharoah Hound originated in Egypt. Phoenician traders brought the breed to Malta in...

Otterhound Breed Description

Otterhound

The Otterhound was bred to hunt the otters that were depleting fish in England’s rivers. To appreciate the breed’s aquatic skills,...

Norwegian Lundehund

Lunde is Norwegian for “puffin”. This translation lies at the heart of the Lundehund’s story. These quick, agile dogs originally...

Norrbottenspets

Norrbottenspets share ancestry with the Finnish Spitz, originating in the Scandinavian northlands of Sweden, Finland and Lapland. The dogs...

Ibizan Hound Breed Description

Ibizan Hound

Brought to Ibiza (a Balearic Island off the coast of Spain) by Phoenician traders, the Ibizan Hound has a remarkable resemblance to the...

Finnish Spitz Breed Description

Finnish Spitz

Originating in Lapland (the northern regions of Norway, Sweden, Finland and Russia), the Finnish Spitz, also known as the Lapinkoira, was a...

English Foxhound Breed Description

English Foxhound

In the 13th century, tracking hounds of the original Bloodhound type lacked enough speed and agility for pursuing the quick and clever fox,...

Bloodhound

The Bloodhound can trace its ancestry to the Norman conquest of 1066. Originally from Belgium, the Schweisshund was crossed with Talbot...

Black and Tan Coonhound

This Coonhound is a descendant of the Bloodhounds brought to colonial Virginia to help farmers rid their land of raccoons. Thought to have...

Basenji

The Basenji is an ancient breed that originated in the Democratic Republic of Congo, where its intelligence and speed made it an ideal...

Afghan Hound

Originating around the borders of Afghanistan, India, and Pakistan, the Afghan Hound is one of the oldest sight hound breeds. Rich and poor...

Deerhound (Scottish)

The regal Scottish Deerhound has a centuries-old history with the aristocracy of the Scottish highlands. Likely produced through the...

Greyhound

The Greyhound is one of the world's oldest breeds. It dates back to nearly 3000 BC when its image appeared in ancient Egyptian...

Irish Wolfhound Breed Description

Irish Wolfhound

Ireland's history would not be complete without the Irish Wolfhound, now known as the country's national dog. Likely descended from...

Norwegian Elkhound Breed Description

Norwegian Elkhound

The national dog of Norway, the Norwegian Elkhound is an ancient breed that hasn’t changed much over the last 5,000 years. A supreme...

Petit Basset Griffon Vendeen

The Petit Basset Griffon Vendeen is one of four types of scent hound founded around the 1st century in the French region of Vendeen. The...

Rhodesian Ridgeback

Rhodesian Ridgeback

The history of the Rhodesian Ridgeback begins in South Africa, where his ancestor, the Khoikhoi dog, was prized as a sight hound that could...

Whippet

Also known as the “poor man’s racehorse”, the Whippet’s origins stem from the sport of setting...

Miniature Long-Haired Dachshund Breed Description

Dachshund (Miniature Long-Haired)

A German breed, the Dachshund was bred to be a hunter followed on foot by his handler. The long sleek profile typical of the breed...

Dachshund (Miniature Smooth)

All Dachshunds originated in Germany, where they were used as go-to-ground hunting hounds. Different sizes specialized in different...

Miniature Wire-Haired Dachshund Breed Description

Dachshund (Miniature Wire-Haired)

Named for their prey, the "dachs" or badger, the Dachshund is a hardy hunting dog from Germany. The breed was selected for...

Dachshund (Standard Wire-Haired)

Named for their prey, the "dachs" or badger, the Dachshund is a hardy hunting dog from Germany. The breed was selected for...

Basset Hound

Basset Hound

The dog we now know as the Basset Hound originated in France. "Basset" is based on the French word "bas", which means...

Beagle

Beagle

Primarily used as a rabbit-hunting dog, the Beagle may have been around since 430 BC, when Xenophon referred to a small hound that...

Borzoi

Borzoi

The speedy and agile Borzoi has origins dating back to the early centuries of Russian history. Used to course wolves, foxes, and...

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