Dog Breed Groups (Part 4)


All pure breeds of dog can be categorised in 1 of 7 groups. These categorisations are used by bodies that organise dog shows in order to ensure parity in high level competitions and it is possible for one breed to be in several groups. The names of the groups are loosely based on the specific function the dog has, for example there are Toys, Utility and Non Sporting dogs to name but a few.

Group 4 Hounds

The Hound Dog is another group of breeds that have been used by humans in sport and hunting. They were bred to have acute scenting powers to enable them to follow a trail and have tremendous stamina so that they will hunt their quarry relentlessly. Although the Hound group breeds are not highly strung, they have deep routed instincts that need to be harnessed if they are to make good pets. Essentially they are pack animals and are used to working with other dogs to help their humans and will need a certain amount of adjusting to a family situation.

Characteristics & Care

Probably the most significant difference between the Hound Dog Group and that of other Groups is the Hound Dogs ability to bay. They were bred to make this sound so that hunters would know where they were. This was very useful in the forest and fields, but not too good in the back yard, which is something of a consideration if you are thinking of having a Hound Dog as a pet. The plus side is that they make excellent guard dogs without being aggressive.

It is virtually impossible to completely tire out a Hound Dog. They will rest when they think their job is done, so if there is any activity going on they will be in the thick of it. Because of this trait it is essential that they are given enough exercise to use up any excess energy. Care should be taken however when walking in areas where there are small animals, like rabbits, stoats and squirrels. Running free is not advisable and therefore a long dog leash and comfortable, correctly fitted dog harness or collar is used to remain in control. Even the best trained Hound Dog will give in to its natural instincts to hunt if it is presented with a rabbit running in the opposite direction.

In general the grooming regime of this group is quite low maintenance as the majority of breeds are short haired in order to be able to run through dense undergrowth without getting caught on briars and bushes, so regular use of a high quality dog brush will suffice.


There are over 50 breeds of dog in the Hound Dog Group ranging in size from small like the Podengo to probably the best known hound breed, the Irish Wolfhound. All of which have their own individual quirks and foibles, but most of which make excellent family pets when given the correct training, care and love.

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This article was written by Jason Balchand who is a pet lover and writes for the pet blog at Online Pet Accessories. If you would like to read more or have some topic suggestions for us head over to our Blog or Facebook page.

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