Most hounds share the common ancestral trait of being used for hunting. Some use acute scenting powers to follow a trail. Others demonstrate a phenomenal gift of stamina as they relentlessly run down quarry. Beyond this, however, generalizations about hounds are hard to come by, since the group encompasses quite a diverse lot. Some hounds share the distinct ability to produce a unique sound known as baying. You'd best sample this sound before you decide to get a hound of your own to be sure it's your cup of tea.
Known for being aloof and dignified and for having a highly individualized personality, Afghan Hounds are prized and loved by their owners as companions and members of their family.
An avid hunter and athlete, the American English Coonhound needs regular exercise and activity to stay in peak shape, although the short coat requires minimal upkeep. The breed is pleasant, alert, confident, and sociable with both humans and dogs, possessing a kind, "houndy" expression.
Due to their short coats Ridgebacks shed very little and require only weekly brushing and occasional baths. The breed is also athletic, requiring regular exercise. Trustworthy with children, they are "people" dogs and like to be where you are, possibly curled up on the couch if permitted.
While he possesses a quiet and dignified personality in the home, the Scottish deerhound may try to chase any furry animals that run past him. Although he enjoys his family, his size may be intimidating to smaller children.
The AKC Hound Group also includes the whippet.