The Hound group is probably one of the oldest groups of dogs, used for hunting because of their incredible ability to see or smell prey. Sighthounds, like the Greyhound, have a sleeker built and astounding stamina to run down quarry. Scent hounds are more solidly built, like the Foxhound, and once they catch the scent of their prey, they will relentlessly pursue it.

Some hounds are trained to use their unique tracking ability to assist in search and rescue.

Before becoming the pet parent of a hound, some traits need to be considered. One trait is baying, or howling, which may not be suitable for apartment living or simply not appreciated daily by family members.

As far as training is concerned, a hound will always follow its instinct to seek prey. That prey can be a squirrel, mouse, or bird in your back yard, which translates into a distraction that makes obedience training more difficult.