The Hound Group is a dog breed group that is made up of dog breeds that were developed by hunters to both track and chase their prey. Dog breeds within the Hound Group were the first hunting dogs and most Hound dog breeds within this group share the ancestral characteristic of hunting. Characteristics seen among dog breeds in the Hound Group include an acute sense of smell to follow a trail and stamina to run long trails. All dog breeds within the Hound Group are quite diverse in size. Dog Breeds within the Hound Group include the Beagle, Basset Hound, Basenji, Dachshund, and Whippet.