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Category: Hounds

Smooth-Haired Dachshund

Standard Smooth Dachshund

History Believed to be the original ancestor of the other Dachshund breeds, the Standard Smooth Dachshund hunted badger and fox from as...

Drever

Drever

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

American Foxhound

American Foxhound

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

Shikoku

Shikoku

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

Saluki

Saluki

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

Pharoah Hound

Pharoah Hound

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

Otterhound Breed Description

Otterhound

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

Norwegian Lundehund

Norwegian Lundehund

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

Norrbottenspets

Norrbottenspets

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

Ibizan Hound Breed Description

Ibizan Hound

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

Finnish Spitz Breed Description

Finnish Spitz

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

English Foxhound Breed Description

English Foxhound

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

Bloodhound

Bloodhound

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

Black and Tan Coonhound

Black and Tan Coonhound

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

Basenji

Basenji

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

Afghan Hound

Afghan Hound

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

standard Wire-Haired Dachshund

Standard Wire-Haired Dachshund

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

Basset Hound

Basset Hound

History The dog we now know as the Basset Hound originated in France. “Basset” is based on the French word “bas”,...

Beagle

Beagle

History 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

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

Scottish Deerhound

Scottish Deerhound

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

Greyhound

Greyhound

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

Irish Wolfhound Breed Description

Irish Wolfhound

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

Norwegian Elkhound

Norwegian Elkhound

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

Petit Basset Griffon Vendeen

Petit Basset Griffon Vendeen

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

Rhodesian Ridgeback

Rhodesian Ridgeback

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

Whippet

Whippet

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

Miniature Long-Haired Dachshund Breed Description

Miniature Long-Haired Dachshund

History 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...

Miniature Smooth-Haired Dachshund

Miniature Smooth Dachshund

History 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

Miniature Wire-Haired Dachshund

History Named for their prey, the “dachs” or badger, the Miniature Wire-Haired Dachshund is a hardy hunting dog from Germany....

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