Hound Dog refers to a dog originally bred as a hunter, hunting independently using sighting (sighthounds) or scenting skills (scent hounds). Unlike Gundogs, breeds in the Hound Group do not necessarily require directions of a handler or their owner to chase down the prey. Often, humans follow the dogs on foot or horseback during the hunt. Other kennel clubs register gundogs under the Sporting Group or Working Group category.
Dogs in the Hound Group category consist of a diverse group of dogs when it comes to appearance and personality. Hound dogs come in varying sizes, and coat types and their personalities can range from high-spirited and sociable to laid-back and indifferent. However, all hound dogs are independent by nature, reliable, sturdy and possess a great deal of stamina. They also produce a unique "baying" sound.
The Hound Group is made up of three subgroups based on their specific skill set:
As with all dog breeds, Hound dogs have different as well as common traits. It is best to do your research on particular hound dogs you are interested in getting or buying, so you know exactly what to expect. Dogs, in general, are affected by several factors (e.g. environment, training, and socialisation) that will determine whether they grow up as well-rounded adult dogs.