10 Popular Scenthound Dog Breeds That Hunt by Following The Scent

The Scenthound is a type of hound that hunt by following the scent. Scenthounds don’t need to run so fast, but they need endurance to be able to follow the scent with long distances and on rough terrain.

#1 – Beagle

Height: 13 inches & under, 13-15 inches
Weight: under 20 pounds (13 inches & under), 20-30 pounds (13-15 inches)
The Beagle is a small scent hound (are a type of hound that primarily hunts by scent rather than sight) originating from England. They have large ears, a cute face, and a tail often erect. The Beagle is friendly, fun, gentle, and also a bit curious. Because of the dog’s excessive friendliness, so they are not a good guard dog. In addition, the Beagle is also easy to take care of and requires almost no grooming, but they also require exercise to avoid obesity. What you need to pay attention to is that their long, soft ears can become infected by being moist and not well ventilated.

#2 – Dachshund

Height: 8-9 inches (standard), 5-6 inches (miniature)
Weight: 16-32 pounds (standard), 11 pounds & under (miniature)
The Dachshund is a very famous small breed and is called with many other names such as: Doxie, Weenie Dog, Wiener Dog, Sausage, Teckel, Dackel. They come in two sizes: standard-sized (usually 16 to 32 pounds) or miniature (11 pounds or under), and they can have one of three coat types: smooth, wirehaired, or longhaired. Dachshunds are friendly, emotional, energetic, but sometimes stubborn dogs. They always tend to want to be touched, cuddled, sit on their owner lap. This breed is increasingly appearing in families around the world.

#3 – Basset Hound

Height: up to 15 inches
Weight: 40-65 pounds
The Basset Hound is a short-legged breed of dog originating from France. Basset Hound has a large, domed head with very long soft ears, loose skin and sad eyes. The Basset Hound is a friendly, playful and outgoing dog, tolerant of other pets and great companion for children. Basset Hounds spend a lot of time on sleeping, they can sleep anywhere, and whenever.

#4 – Bloodhound

Height: 25-27 inches (male), 23-25 inches (female)
Weight: 90-110 pounds (male), 80-100 pounds (female)
The Bloodhound is a large scent hound, famous for its ability to distinguish human scents in great distances, even days later. With a keen sense of smell and strong tracking ability this breed is often used to find missing people and lost pets. The Bloodhound has a long, wrinkled face with loose skin, huge, drooping ears. The Bloodhound is gentle, friendly, affectionate, independent, inquisitive, easygoing dog and they are usually not tired of following the scent.

#5 – Bluetick Coonhound

Height: 22-27 inches (male), 21-25 inches (female)
Weight: 55-80 pounds (male), 45-65 pounds (female)
The Bluetick Coonhound is a breed of Coonhound (the coonhound is a type of scent hound) originating in the United States. The Bluetick Coonhound is a muscular and speedy nocturnal hunter and they are commonly used as raccoon hunting dogs. The Bluetick Coonhound is an intelligent, friendly, devoted, obedient, athletic dog and can get well with children. However, this breed often gets acquainted with strangers with its characteristic howls and will sniff strangers until satisfied.

#6 – Treeing Walker Coonhound

Height: 22-27 inches (male), 20-25 inches (female)
Weight: 50-70 pounds
The Treeing Walker Coonhound is a breed of Coonhound (the coonhound is a type of scent hound) originating in the United States. In the past, The Treeing Walker Coonhound was bred primarily for hunting raccoons, but sometimes also used to hunt deer, bears or mountain lions. The Treeing Walker Coonhound is an intelligent, loving, confident, brave, alert dog. However, they are also even-tempered and difficult to annoy or drive into aggression, which is why they need good training to get along well with children, other dogs and small animals.

#7 – Black and Tan Coonhound

Height: 25-27 inches (male), 23-25 inches (female)
Weight: 65-110 pounds
The Black and Tan Coonhound is a large sized breed of Coonhound (the coonhound is a type of scent hound) originating in the United States. The Black and Tan Coonhound was developed from a cross between Bloodhound and the Black and Tan Virginia Foxhound and is often used primarily to hunt raccoons. The Black and Tan Coonhound is a dog with a strong hunting instinct with a mellow, calm, lovely, gentle, tolerant, easy-going, unobtrusive temperament. However, The Black and Tan Coonhound may be too independent to satisfy a playful child.

#8 – Redbone Coonhound

Height: 22-27 inches (male), 21-26 inches (female)
Weight: 45-70 pounds
The Redbone Coonhound is a medium-to-large sized breed of Coonhound (the coonhound is a type of scent hound) originating in the Southern United States and is often used to hunt raccoon, deer, boar, bear, cougar. The Redbone Coonhound has a muscular and well-proportioned appearance highlighted by deep red coat and long straight legs. The Redbone Coonhound is an intelligence, affectionate, gentle, amiable dog that has a strong desire to please its owner and rarely shows anger or aggression. However, The Redbone Coonhound is also typically stubborn and sensitive.

#9 – Plott Hound

Height: 20-25 inches (male), 20-23 inches (female)
Weight: 50-60 pounds (male), 40-55 pounds (female)
The Plott Hound is a large scent hound originating in the United States was originally bred to hunt bears. The Plott Hound is a athletic, muscular, well-proportioned and agile in appearance, and is a good track and hunting dog with a distinct brindle-colored coat. The Plott Hound is an intelligent, loyal, gentle, confident, and curious dog.

#10 – American Foxhound

Height: 22-25 inches (male), 21-24 inches (female)
Weight: 65-70 pounds (male), 60-65 pounds (female)
The American Foxhound is a scent hound originating from the United States. The American Foxhound has speed, endurance and work ethic, they are also very energetic, requiring regular exercise. The American Foxhound is a sweet, docile, gentle, easygoing dog and gets along with children and other pets but act shy and reserved when around strangers. In addition, The American Foxhound also has independence and a natural instinct to follow a scent, so it takes a lot of patience to train them.

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