8 Hound Dogs Make the Best Family Pets

Afghan Hound

Elegant and aloof, Afghan Hounds boast a thick, shaggy coat for warmth in the mountainous Middle East. 

American Foxhound

Known for their fox-hunting prowess, American Foxhounds were prized by early American gentry.


Dating back to ancient civilizations, the Basenji is often depicted in Egyptian and Mesopotamian art. 

Basset Hound

Famous for their short stature, Basset Hounds have French origins. Their long ears and droopy faces are iconic. Despite their laid-back demeanor at home, they are determined hunters on the trail.

Bavarian Mountain Hound

This loyal breed, known for its distinctive black/brown head and tan body, excels in post-shot hunting.


Curious and playful, Beagles love to explore. Though their origins are debated, their hunting skills, especially for rabbits, are renowned. 


Renowned for their exceptional scent-tracking abilities, Bloodhounds are so reliable that their evidence is admissible in court. 

Bluetick Coonhound

American-bred Blueticks excel in tracking raccoon scents. Known for their blue/gray spots, they need ample exercise and mental stimulation.