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Scent Hounds

Scent HoundsScenthounds, including the Beagle, Bloodhound, Basset and Foxhound, have an exceptional sense of smell which is used in pursuit of their prey or quarry. Most of these breeds have long drooping ears and large noses with well opened nostrils.

Many scent hounds have deep, booming voices which are often actively used whilst running, especially when following a scent trail, this allows the handler to follow a pursuit even when the dog is out of sight.

Faster running, longer-legged scent hound breeds usually require hunters to follow the chase on horseback; while shorter-legged breeds were bred to be followed on foot.

Scenthounds do not need to be as fast as sighthounds because they do not need to keep their quarry in sight, however they do need endurance enabling them to stick with a scent and follow it for long distances, often over rough terrain. The best scent hounds can follow a scent trail even across running water and even when it is several days old.

Many scent hound breeds have developed to hunt as a pack, therefore these social dogs like to be part of a group, and particularly enjoy canine companionship.

Generally speaking scent hounds are gentle and loving dogs however can be independent and can be aloof to their owners on walks, especially if they are following a scent. They are intelligent and capable of learning, but often need more of an incentive than some other dog breeds. Scent hounds naturally enjoy games which allow them to follow their noses.