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Hound Breed Information

One among the oldest bed of dogs in the group of hunting dogs, Hound was originally developed in Britain. They were basically used as hunting dogs in the earlier days. But now they are used as guarding dogs, watch dogs, family companion and also as household pet. This breed is found mainly in two types; scent hounds and sight hounds. Scent hounds are great trackers, and as the name suggests they have great sense of smell. At the same time sight hounds have sharp eyes and are very watchful at all times. Sight hounds are swift and are also very athletic. Their body is covered with sleek coat. Scent hounds are rough coated and adjust in all kind of terrines be it wet or dry. The coat covering the body of this type of hound is rough and hard, which helps them to adapt to rough terrine while they hunt. This breed is very obedient as well as keen to please, and hence they are easy to handle and train. They are independent minded and also very confident. If they are not trained properly, by a firm and confident trainer, they might become stubborn. They are not suitable to live in apartments, they at least need a medium sized yard to run around and be happy. This breed is very energetic and also active. Exercise is very important for this breed. They should be taken out for regular walks and also jogs. If they are not properly exercised, they might tend to get destructive. When you take your hounds out for exercise, be careful that they are not put off leash. They might run off chasing smaller animals. They should not be trusted around children and also other hunts as they have their natural hunting instincts. Besides being a hunter, they are great companion as well as household dogs. The average height of hounds might vary from, 11 pounds to 140 pounds. This breed is available in very small size to large size. They are usually very easy to groom. They should be brushed and also combed regularly to avoid matting. Their ears should be regularly checked for any kind of infections. Even though this breed is generally very healthy, but is mainly prone to hip dysplasia.

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