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Afghan Hound

MEDIUM DOG BREED

Afghan Hound

Developed in Afghanistan (from ancient lines, likely Egyptian), the Afghan Hound was bred to hunt large game, pursuing his prey by sight, in both mountains and deserts.

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American English Coonhound

MEDIUM DOG BREED

American English Coonhound

The American English Coonhound is derived from a combination of English Coonhounds brought to the New World by wealthy English land owners and Virginia Hounds, which had arrived with earlier settlers and were more adept at traversing rough terrain and harsher weather.

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American Foxhound

LARGE DOG BREED

American Foxhound

This breed descended from English hounds imported to America in the 17th and 18th centuries. Over the years, an American type of hound evolved, with varying characteristics depending on whether it was used in competitive field trials, fox hunting, on trails or in packs.

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Basenji

MEDIUM DOG BREED

Basenji

The Basenji is known as the barkless dog of central Africa, but the breed is far from silent. It makes a series of noises and a crowing sound that breed fanciers describe as a yodel. This hunting breed, classified as a sighthound, is valued for speedy, intelligent and silent workmanship.

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Basset Hound

MEDIUM DOG BREED

Basset Hound

Well-known as the symbol for Hush Puppies shoes, the Basset Hound is a short-legged hound with long, sweeping ears.

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Beagle

MEDIUM DOG BREED

Beagle

Hunting hounds in England date back to the Roman occupation, but an exact history of the Beagle is uncertain. Their popularity with 18th century English hunters, however, is well established history.

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Black and Tan Coonhound

MEDIUM DOG BREED

Black and Tan Coonhound

A specialist in night trailing the raccoon, the Black and Tan Coonhound is a direct descendant of the Bloodhounds that were imported to the English colony of Virginia. Males measure 25 to 27 inches at the shoulder; females two inches less.

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Bloodhound

LARGE DOG BREED

Bloodhound

The Bloodhound is the most famous of the scenthounds. Mournful looking with a wrinkled brow and long, low-set ears, the breed is blessed with uncanny scenting ability and is best known for tracking down fugitives from justice.

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Bluetick Coonhound

MEDIUM DOG BREED

Bluetick Coonhound

During the early decades of this century, dog dealers made trips into the Louisiana bayou, the Ozark mountains and other isolated areas, bringing out hounds of remarkably pure type. These dogs, mainly of the heavily ticked blue color, were often referred to as Bleus de Gascognes or French Staghounds.

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Borzoi

LARGE DOG BREED

Borzoi

The Borzoi once went by the name Russian Wolfhound and was prized by Russian nobility. The breed descends from the ancient Persian Greyhound (a Saluki ancestor) crossed with native Russian herdsmen's dogs.

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Dachshund, Miniature

SMALL DOG BREED

Dachshund, Miniature

Short-legged dogs of the Dachshund type were once used in Europe to hunt badger and fox, as well as larger game. The dogs worked in packs and are reported to have been tenacious and keen-nosed in pursuit of their quarry.

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Dachshund, Standard

SMALL DOG BREED

Dachshund, Standard

Short-legged dogs of the Dachshund type were once used in Europe to hunt badger and fox, as well as larger game. The dogs worked in packs and are reported to have been tenacious and keen-nosed in pursuit of their quarry.

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English Foxhound

MEDIUM DOG BREED

English Foxhound

The English Foxhound boasts an ancestry that dates to the late 1600s. Stag hunting had been a popular sport of the British landed gentry, but when stag became scarce, the aristocracy took to pursuing the more abundant fox.

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Greyhound

LARGE DOG BREED

Greyhound

One of the world's swiftest dogs and probably one of the most ancient breeds, the Greyhound has lived among us 4,000 to 7,000 years.

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Harrier

MEDIUM DOG BREED

Harrier

These hounds are small versions of the English Foxhound and were developed to follow the large, slow European hare, accompanied by hunters on foot. They have gentle, houndlike temperaments. If raised in a pack, they are more dog-oriented, but when raised in a home, they enjoy their families.

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Ibizan Hound

MEDIUM DOG BREED

Ibizan Hound

This tall, slender sporting hound has erect ears and bears a close resemblance to depictions of Anubis, the dog god of ancient Egypt. It's likely that the Ibizan shares ancestry with another Mediterranean hunting hound, the Pharaoh.

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Irish Wolfhound

LARGE DOG BREED

Irish Wolfhound

The Irish Wolfhound is a paradox. Behind its powerful and commanding appearance is the gentlest of dogs, extremely fond of children yet courageous in the commission of any tasks.

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Norwegian Elkhound

MEDIUM DOG BREED

Norwegian Elkhound

Honored as the national dog of Norway, the Norwegian Elkhound descends from spitz-type dogs that have been known in Scandinavia since Viking times (800-1000 AD). In its country of origin, the Elkhound has been used to pull sleds, tend flocks, guard home and family, and as a mountain rescue dog.

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Otterhound

LARGE DOG BREED

Otterhound

Shaggy, boisterous and friendly, the Otterhound is uncommon but makes a devoted companion. This breed has been known in Britain since the early 13th century, where it was used to hunt otter, which robbed rivers of their fish.

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Petit Basset Griffon Vendeen

MEDIUM DOG BREED

Petit Basset Griffon Vendeen

Don't try to pronounce the name; just call this shaggy scenthound the PBGV. The Petit Basset Griffon Vendeen has long been a popular hound in France, its country of origin. It is the smallest of four breeds of rough-coated French hounds.

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