Hound Breeds

Originally bred for hunting rabbits in Europe, Basset hounds have one of the best senses of smell only second to the Bloodhound and a short stature. The Basset Hound Club of America (BHCA) limits Bassets to under 14 inches tall. They have large ears, loose skin and generally are either bicolored (tan and white) or tricolored (black, tan and white).

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Traditionally used as hunting dogs, Beagles have a great sense of smell are good tracking dogs and very intelligent with good temperaments. They tend to either have two colors, with a brown coat on a white base or be tricolored, with black areas in addition to the brown and white base.

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Commonly referred to as the "Wiener Dog", Dachshunds are characterized by their log body and short legs. They are very good sniffers and originated in Germany, where they were bred to help hunt small game and tunneling animals, as their short lets keep them close to the ground and able to enter tight spaces where prey may hide. Today they make great family dogs, as they are attentive, playful and devoted to their owners.

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