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Does anyone have hounds?Or has anyone here had experience in the past with hounds.I have a fondness for hounds myself since my granddad ran foxhounds years ago and my uncle had coonhounds while I was growing up.They have a really cool, generally nasty, disposition and lay around all day and run all night. 8)
If youve never had a hound,your missing out.. :wink:
 

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I've fostered a black and tan coonhound before. We get in quite a few coonhounds and other random hounds at the local shelter. That being said, I prefer the really big sight hounds. Always wanted an Irish wolfhound or a Scottish deerhound. Great big dogs but don't drool like other big dogs. I hear they are awesome to watch run or run a lure course.
 

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I know of an Irish Wolfhound.Hes a great home protection dog.Just have him lie down in front of the door and noone can get in.. :lol:
 

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I **** hunted a bit when I was a kid. Some of my fondest memmories with my grandpa.
I've also hunted behind a pair of Lurchers (sight hound cross). Spectacular is the only way I could describe that expierience!
 

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We had a family friend who bred some black & tan **** hounds. I love the long soft ears & that unique "bay". I think they are so elegant looking & athletic. As I recall, some of them did seem a little sharp tempered. I didn't realize this was in the breed. I really adore all the southern hounds!
I am familiar with the black & tan, blue tick, red bone & walker but I bet there are a bunch more.
 

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I'm not a fan of hounds, and will never have any desire to ever own one, but I did foster a dobie/hound mix a couple of years ago for a local rescue. If it weren't for the noises he could make, he could have very easily passed for a purebred dobie without cropped ears. He certainly was a character. he was extremely soft and handler sensitive, but very stubborn and sometimes difficult to train. It seemed to take him longer than the average dog to pick up on things, but once he got it, it was like he was genuinely proud of himself the way he would perform. :lol:

My neighbors have a beagle that runs all over the neighborhood when she gets out. She doesn't come to my yard anymore though because the last time she did, Jak and Gypsy were out playing and she got tag teamed. :oops: No injuries, but both of my dogs play very rough.
 

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I have had blueticks,black and tans and beagles.I really like the blk/tns.Beagles are cool if you dont mind being ignored.. :D Blueticks can have a really nasty disposition,especially when you try to wake them up after a hard nights hunting. :eek:
 

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I ended up with a big black and tan **** hound in my yard(hunting season stray) and kept him until I could find a hunter to take him - too nice a dog to go in the pound here and obviously a hunting dog and the shelters here want every dog to be "unemployed". I was very tempted to keep him myself as he was such a big athletic dog and very nice to handle, but decided he was just too loud for my dogyard - a real carrying bay on him - which I like the sound of but the neighbours might not.... When I have been out training sled dogs I have had hounds "fall in" behind us and follow us back to the dog-truck and they just wait at the truck for a dish of water and wait to get loaded with the other dogs - obviously used to that part of the drill! Luckily the owner has usually showed up pretty soon as most of them are radio collared - or I would have a bunch of "long ears" in the yard. Alot of hounds I have seen have awesome athletic builds and I think they generally have great, tough feet. I have run a couple of alaskans that had a fair bit of hound in them and they were really nice sled dogs-LOTS of drive to get down the trail. I love the sound of hounds baying after something.
 

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My grandad used to say the average **** hound will run 25+ miles on a night hunt.
No idea how he figured that.
AD trainers eat yer hearts out!
 

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I have only trained one hunting hound, a Redbone Coonhound. He got 2nd place in a championship a few years back, but he actually just works every night during hunting season. I have witnessed a pack of B&T and a few Reds hunt, and I have got to say the southern girl in me loves the sound of a baying hound hunting!
 

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I **** hunted when I was much younger. In fact I bought my first car with the money I made from trapping muskrats and shootin' ***** at night. I gave my old **** hound to a neighbor when I joined the military. Never hunted over hounds though except for the ****. Always used bird dogs. We currently have a "down south, sittin on the front porch bloodhound. Slobbery old thing. He can track a popcorn fart in a blizzard though.

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Sarah Hall said:
have got to say the southern girl in me loves the sound of a baying hound hunting!
Never been on a **** hunt but it is a lovely sound!

Rural police down here often use bloodhound/redbone mixes that bay on the trail and bite at the end.
 

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I had Forgage the Foxhound puppy over to stay for a while this summer as her 'puppy-walker' to help her learn her name and get socialised and out & about.

She was incredible fun and very, very sociable and gentle-natured.

Years ago, my second dog was a deerhound - rescued from a puppy farm. She was a lovely dog: acted dim sometimes but was smart enough to open doors and pinch things on the quiet!

I got hunted by a pack of bloodhounds once and loved it! There is nothing like running with the pack in full cry behind you. The funny thing was, when they caught up with me, half tried to lick me to death and the other half just keeled over in the field and had a snooze!!!

I do love the hound approach to life. Having my first ever pastoral breed is like owning a totally different animal! I've had 2 Irish terriers (which are a bit lurcher-ish) and a deerhound before.
 

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I keep a Bloodhound around....wouldn't be without one as far as trailing ability goes......
 

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When I married my husband, he had two **** hounds (one walker and one red tick). I went with him a few times and was amazed with them and their abilities. I love love love the sound of a hound on a tree. Their hound smell, not so much. :lol:
 

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i have hunted and trained **** hounds since i can remember. when i was a kid i used to listen to my grandpa tell me about all the fun times he had. the more stories he told, the more i got into it.
he has never been able to walk into the timber with me to see the dogs tree because his knees are so bad but about 3 times a year while out hunting he will show up and just listen from the truck. now i have 3 **** hounds. they are a little hard headed but non the less great dogs and a pleasure to hunt behind.
here are a few pics of them at work.
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I had an American Foxhound as a pet for 13 years.
Sweet and gentle in nature. Crazy for food, not so easy to train in basic obeedience, but we managed. As long as he was on leash. Off? He never came, never found his way home. I had to wait for a call.
Apart from food craze, he was very easy to live with.
Pleasing me was not in his DNA though.
But I had 13 years with him and he stuck it out w/o a hunt, bravely.
Also he was very sensitive.
 

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