A beagle is a small breed of hound.

A hound is a type of hunting dog used by hunters to track or chase prey.[1][2]


Hounds can be contrasted with gun dogs that assist hunters by identifying prey and/or recovering shot quarry. The hound breeds were the first hunting dogs. They have either a powerful sense of smell, great speed, or both.[3] There are three types of hound, with several breeds type:

List of hound breeds

See also


  1. ^ "HOUND". Cambridge English Dictionary. Cambridge University Press. Retrieved 6 March 2019.
  2. ^ "The Hound Group - Breed Information Centre". thekennelclub.org.uk. The Kennel Club. Retrieved 6 March 2019.
  3. ^ "Hound Dog Breeds". Animal Planet. Discovery, Inc. Retrieved 17 December 2013.
  4. ^ alkir/Bigstock (24 February 2019). "What is a Sighthound?". PetGuide. Retrieved 6 March 2019.
  5. ^ "Keeping Your Scent Hound Happy". Purina. Retrieved 6 March 2019.