Long Legged Scent Hounds

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In contrast to sight hounds, scent hounds follow their prey by scent rather than sight. Many are named after the prey which they were breed to hunt. For example the Otterhound hunted otters Often scent hounds were hunted on the end of the leash, so historically were called Leash Hounds. The Bloodhound or Saint Hubert Hound is the oldest recognised Scent Hound and certainly many of our modern breeds date back to this breed.

Bloodhound Leighton


The Bloodhound is one of our oldest and most important dog breeds. This is because of his amazing ability to find man or beast by their scent. This trait has been selectively bred into him for centuries. Consequently many of today's working pure breed dog breeds have Bloodhound in their makeup. Today he is distinctly recognizable by his loose skin, ... »» Read more...

Harrier Sitting


The Harrier is a Scent Hound developed specifically to hunt hare. To this end, he has been selectively bred to retain the intelligence and high scenting power to deal with the hare's cunning ways which are more varied than those of the fox. In size he fits between the Foxhound and the Beagle. »» Read more...

Otterhound brace REV


The Otterhound is a large Scent Hound originally developed in the south of England for the sport of hunting otters. Usually working in packs, this breed was typified by its double coat which has a particularly thick woolly undercoat which protected him from the cold of streams in which he used to work. Today he also retains his large ears ... »» Read more...

Foxhound GIMP2


When Fox-hunting first came into existence it was described by Greek Philosophers as 'the noblest exercise, making men laborious, active and wise'. It was also considered to be 'the most manly of all sports'. For two centuries this sport was a national institution, inseparably linked with that of great UK country families. »» Read more...

Hound maybe Beagle

Other Long Legged Scent Hounds

The English scent hounds are the dogs usually associated with the English hunt scenes. In 1534 when Dr Caius wrote the first classification of dogs, he gave the general name of Harrier to dogs which hunted in packs of Scent Hounds. As the centuries rolled by, Harriers became a breed in their own right and packs of mixed Hounds containing ... »» Read more...