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The Original Hunting Dogs

Friday, December 17, 2021
posted by Jim Murphy

Hounds are the original hunting dogs.  Their size can be tall and lanky like the Irish Wolfhound to the small, short legged dachshund.  He’s a hound by origin but is more like a terrier. The dachshund likes to chase foxes and badgers. They assisted hunters in the field because of their speed and excellent scenting abilities. Scent hounds such as bloodhounds, beagles and foxhounds have historically aided hunters by following the scent trails left by their prey. Today the bloodhound is used  by law enforcement to track fugitives or missing persons.

Hounds makes excellent pets despite their excellent hunting skills. They have excellent stamina and are very reliable and sturdy. They make great companions for both adults and children.  Even the famous racer, the greyhound makes an excellent family pet. Just a reminder, a retired race dog should be tested around small children and other pets first. The reason for this is that may chase them as they chased mechanical rabbits while they were being trained early in their career.

Love, patience and lots of dog treats and toys are always part of the mix when you’re adopting a new pet.

Remember, pets are family!

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