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Hounds have been used since prehistory. This statue shows the goddess Diana hunting with a hound.

A hound is a type of dog that assists hunters by tracking or chasing the animal being hunted. Its abilities can be contrasted with gun dogs, which assist hunters by identifying the location of prey or retrievers which recover shot quarry. Diana was the equivalent in Roman mythology of the Greek Artemis (see Roman/Greek equivalency in mythology for more details). ... Trinomial name Canis lupus familiaris The dog (Canis lupus familiaris) is a domestic subspecies of the wolf, a mammal of the Canidae family of the order Carnivora. ... Hunting is, in its most general sense, the pursuit of a target. ... Gundogs, also called bird dogs, are a category of dog breeds developed to assist hunters to find and retrieve game, usually birds. ... A retriever is a type of gundog that retrieves game for a hunter. ...

There are three types of hound, with several breeds belonging to each type: This Chihuahua mix and Great Dane show the wide range of dog breed sizes. ...

Type Example
Sighthounds, which follow prey predominantly by speed, keeping it in sight. This type of dog is very fast and will catch and kill game (hare, gazelle, deer) by itself. Whippet
Scent hounds, which follow prey by tracking its scent. This type of dog has endurance, but they are not fast runners. Basset Hound
Aboriginal hounds, which follow prey by using sight, scent, and hearing. This type of dog is fast and has endurance, but it is not as fast as sighthounds on the chase. Kritikos Lagonikos
The 'other' Hounds follow prey by sight and scent. Many of this class are not classified as sight or scent, yet track by both scent and sight. They are fast but not the fastest. They can track things down, but are not bloodhounds.

See Rhodesian Ridgeback. The Whippet shows the characteristic long legs, deep chest, and narrow waist of a sighthound. ... Game is any animal hunted for food or not normally domesticated (such as venison). ... Jack rabbit and Jackrabbit redirect here. ... Species Several, see text A gazelle is an antelope of the genus Gazella. ... “Fawn” redirects here. ... Whippet, white with brindle saddle and head Scorch, son of Torch owned by Maureen Strenfel Taken Feb 22,2004 at the SMART/USDAA dog agility competition in Salinas, CA. Photo by Ellen Levy Finch (Elf). ... For other uses, see Whippet (disambiguation). ... Like most scent hounds, the Basset Hound has long ears, large nasal passages, and a sturdy body for endurance. ... Delacroix Helens Boy With Diamondice owned by Helen and David Cutler. ... The Basset Hound is a short-legged breed of dog of the hound family. ... Image File history File links Download high resolution version (945x654, 151 KB) Summary Kritikos Lagonikos, a. ... Bold text The Rhodesian Ridgeback is a breed of dog from Southern Africa. ...

List of Hound Breeds

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AKC Breeds by Group - Hound Group (111 words)
Most hounds share the common ancestral trait of being used for hunting.
Beyond this, however, generalizations about hounds are hard to come by, since the Group encompasses quite a diverse lot.
Some hounds share the distinct ability to produce a unique sound known as baying.
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