SCENT Hounds – Hound breeds – Full table listed by country & size

scent hounds table, the beagleComplete list of Scent Hound breeds by Country

For a while there I was getting stumped by what scent hounds were out there. It seemed that I only knew a few of them and there was obviously many more on many more people’s lists than I knew.

Then most people realise that the American lists are very abbreviated and American centric and really of little help when wanting to know all of the types of dogs that can be used for scent hound hunting.

So eventually we all seem to stumble upon the Fedraton Cynnologique Internationale (FCI) list of scent hounds.

As you will see it is quite comprehensive and contains dogs in many sizes and countries, but since the FCI site lists these scent hounds by size it is easy to think you are getting almost duplication of a breed of dog.

The point of this scent hound hunting dog list being categories like this highlights many things:

That America has actually very few scent hunting dogs created here, and they are very recent. I am sure that some hunters would expect all coonhounds to be listed in this category, but since their inclusion in the American AKC list is relatively recently, it may take some time.

That France has by far the most number of individually listed scent hounds of any country. Yes many of these are variations on a breed, but that can be said for the five or so recognised coon hounds that America has, being basically from one main original type of dog. France also has the vast majority of LARGE scent hound dog varieties in the world

Many countries have a single entry in the scent hound category which is its country name followed by the name hound. As many of these European countries have taken hunting seriously for hundreds of years, these single hounds are often very well tuned for the weather and hunting conditions found locally in these countries. Yes countries do vary considerably in environment, however many European countries are considerably smaller than African or other continent countries so the temperatures and type of hunting environment used for their specific breed of hunting dog can be quite refined.

Most of these dog breeds will be unfamiliar to even people within the industry as they are not massively popular outside of the country of origin. You will also find that Americans tend to stick to their breed of hunting dog, often favouring very traditional dogs like the beagle, or American created dogs, like the coonhounds (not all in the scent hound category).

Because of this mystery around many of the scent hounds, I will endeavour to bring you as much hunting specific information on the lesser known scent hound hunting dog breeds as possible on this site!

ALL SCENT hound breedsTable list

(Scent hounds – SMALL MEDIUM LARGE by country)


COUNTRY Small Medium Large
AUSTRIA   Austrian Black and Tan Hound  
  Styrian coarse-haired Hound  
  Tyrolean Hound
BELGIUM     Bloodhound
BOSNIA   Bosnian Coarse-haired Hound  
CROATIA   Istrian Short-haired Hound  
  Istrian Coarse-haired Hound  
  Posavaz Hound  
FINLAND   Finnish Hound  
FRANCE Basset fauve de bretagne Anglo-Français de Petite Vénerie Billy
Blue gascony basset Ariégeois Français Tricolore
Grand basset griffon vendeen Beagle-Harrier Français Blanc et Noir
Norman artesien basset Chien d’Artois Français Blanc et Orange
Petit basset griffon vendeen Porcelaine Grand Anglo-Français Tricolore
  Petit Bleu de Gascogne Grand Anglo-Français Blanc et Noir
Gascon Saintongeois Grand Anglo-Français Blanc et Orange
Briquet Griffon Vendéen Grand Bleu de Gascogne
Griffon Bleu de Gascogne Grand Gascon Saintongeois
Griffon Fauve de Bretagne Grand Griffon Vendéen
Griffon Nivernais  
GERMANY Deutsche bracke (german hound)    
Westphalian dachsbracke    
GREECE Hellenic Hound  
GREAT BRITAIN Basset hound Harrier English Foxhound
Beagle   Otterhound
HUNGARY   Transylvanian Hound  
ITALY   Segugio Italiano  
MONTENEGRO   Montenegrin Mountain Hound  
NORWAY   Dunker  
POLAND   Polish Hound  
SERBIA   Serbian Tricolour Hound  
  Serbian Hound  
SLOVAKIA   Slovakian Hound  
SPAIN   Spanish Hound  
SWEDEN Drever Hamiltonstövare  
Small swiss hound Swiss Hound  
Small bernese Hound a)Bernese Hound  
Small jura hound b)Jura Hound  
Small lucerne hound c)Lucerne Hound  
Small schwyz hound d)Schwyz Hound  
USA   American Foxhound
    Black and Tan Coonhound
Leash Hounds


Leash Hounds


Austria Alpine Dachsbracke  
Germany Bavarian Mountain Hound  
Hanover Hound  
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Croatia Dalmatian  
Zimbabwe Rhodesian Ridgeback