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 breeds – Table list
(Scent hounds – SMALL MEDIUM LARGE by country)
|AUSTRIA||Austrian Black and Tan Hound|
|Styrian coarse-haired Hound|
|BOSNIA||Bosnian Coarse-haired Hound|
|CROATIA||Istrian Short-haired Hound|
|Istrian Coarse-haired 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|
|GERMANY||Deutsche bracke (german hound)|
|GREAT BRITAIN||Basset hound||Harrier||English Foxhound|
|MONTENEGRO||Montenegrin Mountain Hound|
|SERBIA||Serbian Tricolour Hound|
|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|
|Black and Tan Coonhound|
|Germany||Bavarian Mountain Hound|