Spotlight On Hound Dogs

September 11th is Hug Your Hound Day! Of course, we think any day is a good day to hug your canine pal … or at least show him some extra attention. That said, this seems the perfect time to shine the spotlight on one of the AKC’s most beloved groups … the Hound Group. A Chesapeake, VA vet discusses hound dogs below.


The hound group officially came barking, yelping, and baying onto ranks of the AKC groups back in 1930. These lovable, loyal pooches are divided into three groups. First, we have Sighthounds, who track their prey visually. This group includes the Greyhound, Whippet, and Saluki. Then, there are Scenthounds, who follow scent trails. The Bloodhound is likely the most recognizable of this group. There are also pups that use a combination of both methods, which puts them in the ‘other’ category.

Hound Sounds

Fido’s fans may take issue with Elvis’ snide comment that ‘you ain’t nothing but a hound dog.’ However, the King wasn’t exactly wrong about the ‘crying all the time’ part. Hounds tend to be very vocal. Many make their own unique sound, which is called baying. Some people think it’s cute. Others? Not so much. Keep this in mind before adopting a hound.

Types Of Hounds

There are over 31 lovable pups in the AKC’s hound category. These guys come in all shapes and sizes, from the sleek Pharaoh Hound to the adorable, floppy-eared Basset Hound. Some of the others you may be familiar with include the Beagle, the Rhodesian Ridgeback, American Foxhound, and the Dachshund. We love them all!


Just like dogs in the other groups, many hounds were bred to perform very specific tasks. As their names suggest, the American and English Foxhounds are both skilled at hunting foxes. The Bloodhound is a renowned tracker, while the small but fierce Dachshund originally hunted badgers and other vermin in underground tunnels.


There is a huge variety of pups in the Hound group, so their care needs will vary a bit. For instance, if you have a Dachshund, you’ll need to take care not to let your canine buddy fall, as he’s at risk of spinal injuries. Do plenty of research on Fido’s care needs, and ask your vet for advice.

Do you have questions about your pet’s health or care? Contact us, your Chesapeake, VA animal clinic, today!

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