Basset Hounds originate from France. They were developed to track small game for the huntsman on foot. They were originally made from crossing Bloodhounds, Basset and Regular Artisien Normands. Basset Hounds were officially recognized as a breed in 1911. They have the second most acute sense of smell of all dog breeds, second to the Bloodhound. Today, Basset Hounds are rarely seen as hunting do... Read more
Scenthounds were developed to assist hunters by tracking prey. The long legged hounds were developed to run beside the hunter on horseback, while the short legged hounds were to work with the huntsman on foot. Scenthounds hunt by scent and are able to follow a trail days old over long distances. They are built more for stamina and endurance than great speed. Most Scenthounds howl or bay when th... Read more
The Rhodesian Ridgeback was created in the 1800s in southern Africa when domesticated dogs were crossed with ridged hunting dogs belonging to the Khoikhoi. The early dogs of this breed were used to hunt lions and other big game animals. The dogs were sent out in packs to track and then tire out a lion with taunting games, and then keep it at bay until hunters could arrive to kill it. Rhodesian ... Read more
Dachshunds are an old breed of dog. They originated in Germany in the 1600s and were created to hunt badger above and below ground. Originally, the breed was much larger, sometime weighing as much as 40 pounds, but were breed down in size so they would be more suitable for hunting rabbits. Dachshunds have also been used to hunt foxes, track wounded deer and in packs to hunt large game like wild... Read more
Petit Basset Griffon Vendeens are called PBGV for short. Their ancestors can be traced back to the 16th century to the Vendeen area in France. They are the smallest of the four French hunting hounds and were developed to hunt in both packs or individually over rough terrain. They were used to hunt everything from rabbits, hare, vermin, deer and wild boar.
Their name is French and means ... Read more
English Foxhounds are an old breed of dog dating back to the late 16th century. They originally hail from England, where they were developed to hunt foxes. The Greyhound, Bulldog and Fox Terrier were used to create them; the Bulldog for tenacity, the Fox Terrier for hunting instincts and the Greyhound for speed.
English Foxhounds are by nature excellent hunting dogs. They are able to tr... Read more
In the 13th century, Otterhounds were used in Britain to hunt otters that depleted the streams of fish. Their job as hunter eventually expanded to include mink, racoon, mountain lions and bears. In the 20th century, otter populations dropped and Otterhounds were no longer needed to the degree they were in the past, this lead to a sharp decline in their numbers.
In 1979, the breed had de... Read more
It is believed the Bloodhound breed originated in the Mediterranean area, near Rome. They were in Europe in at least the mid 14th century as there are numerous writings about them dating from that period. They were originally used to hunt wild boar and deer.
Today, Bloodhounds are renowned for their ability to find lost people and track escaped convicts. They have the best noses of any ... Read more