Hound Group

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Hound Group is the name of a breed group of dogs, used by kennel clubs to classify a defined collection of dog breeds, and does not necessarily include all hound-type dogs. Most major English-language kennel clubs include a Hound Group (including The Kennel Club (UK), the American Kennel Club, the Canadian Kennel Club, the Australian National Kennel Council, the United Kennel Club, the Professional Kennel Club, the American Coon Hunters Association, and the New Zealand Kennel Club) although different kennel clubs may not include the same breeds in their Hound Group. The international kennel club association, the Fédération Cynologique Internationale, does not have a Hound Group, and includes most hound-type dogs in Group 6, Scenthounds and related Breeds, and Group 10, Sighthounds.


Main article: Hound

Most hound type dogs share the common ancestral trait of being used for hunting. Some use acute scenting powers to follow a trail. Others demonstrate a gift of stamina as they relentlessly run down quarry. Beyond this, however, generalizations about hounds are hard to come by, since the type encompasses quite a diverse lot. There are Pharaoh Hounds, Norwegian Elkhounds, Afghans and Beagles, among others. Some hounds share the distinct ability to produce a unique sound known as baying.

Hound Group breeds[edit]

Major registries[edit]

Abbreviations used in this section are:

  • AKC: American Kennel Club
  • ACHA: American Coon Hunters Association
  • ANKC: Australian National Kennel Council
  • CKC: Canadian Kennel Club
  • KC: The Kennel Club (UK)
  • NZKC: New Zealand Kennel Club
  • PKC: Professional Kennel Club
  • UKC: United Kennel Club
  • ACA: American Canine Association

Dogs listed in the Hound Group of various kennel clubs. Differences between kennel clubs are noted in parentheses.

Afghan Hound.jpg
Afghan Hound
English Coonhound.jpg
American English Coonhound
American Foxhound (recognised only by the AKC, CKC and UKC)
Australian Dingo (recognised only by the ANKC)
Azawakh bitch Shira-tb.jpg
Azawakh (recognised by the KC & ANKC)
Basenji 600.jpg
Basset bleu de Gascogne.jpg
Basset Bleu de Gascogne (recognised only by the KC)
Basset Fauve de Bretagne 600.jpg
Basset Fauve de Bretagne (recognised only by the ANKC, KC and NZKC)
Basset Hound 600.jpg
Basset Hound
Zoran Spod Ruskiej Granicy the Bavarian Mountain Hound.jpg
Bavarian Mountain Hound (recognised only by the KC)
Beagle 600.jpg
Black and Tan Coonhound (recognised only by the AKC, ACHA, CKC, PKC and UKC)
Bloodhound 800.jpg
Bluetick Coonhound (recognised only by the AKC, ACHA, ANKC, NZKC, PKC, and UKC)
Cirneco dell Etna 611.jpg
Cirneco dell'Etna (recognised only by the AKC and KC)
Std Dachshund 600.jpg
Drever NUCh Tanjo.jpg
Drever (recognised only by the CKC)
English Foxhound portrait.jpg
English foxhound
Finnish Spitz 600.jpg
Finnish Spitz (AKC Non-sporting Group)
G Basset Griffon Vendeen 600.jpg
Grand Basset Griffon Vendéen (recognised only by the KC)
Grand Bleu de Gascogne in a blue dogcollar.jpg
Grand Bleu de Gascogne (recognised only by the KC)
Greyhound running brindle.jpg
Hamiltonstovare 600.jpg
Hamiltonstövare (not recognised by the AKC and CKC)
Harrier tricolour.jpg
Harrier (not recognised by the KC)
Podenco z ibizy 645.jpg
Ibizan Hound
Irish Wolfhound
Nordic Spitz.jpg
Norrbottenspets (recognised only by the CKC)
Norwegian Elkhound.jpg
Norwegian Elkhound
Norwegian Lundehund (recognised only by the AKC, KC and CKC)
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Petit Basset Griffon Vendéen
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Pharaoh Hound
Plott Hound (recognised only by the AKC, ACHA, PKC, and UKC)
Podengo portugalski miniatura i787.jpg
Portuguese Podengo (small) (recognised only by the AKC, ANKC & KC) Memphis the Redbone Coonhound (7 Nov 2004).jpg Redbone Coonhound (recognized by the AKC, ACHA, PKC, and UKC)
Rhodesian Ridgeback 600.jpg
Rhodesian Ridgeback
Saluki 600.jpg
Deerhound 305.jpg
Scottish Deerhound
Segugioitalianopelorasofulvo.JPG Segugio Italiano (recognised only by the KC)
Sloughi (recognised by the KC, NZKC and ANKC; not recognised by the AKC or CKC) Treeing Walker Coonhound (recognised only by the AKC, ACHA, PKC, and UKC)

Other organizations[edit]

"Hound Group" may also be a term used by minor kennel clubs, breed clubs, sporting clubs, and internet-based dog businesses. Each may or may not define the term separately. In addition, there are many new or rare breeds that are not yet recognized by any major registry that may eventually be listed in the "Hound Group" of a major kennel club.

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