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houndsThe British Isles consists of vastly different types of country and therefore hounds have evolved over time to suit different countries. Thus a different a sort of hound is required in the steep fell of the lake district (inaccessible to the horse) than in the hard riding fields of Leicestershire.  However, hounds require some ‘generic’ qualities no matter what sort of country they are hunting  as shown below:

The Foxhound has been very carefully bred and in many cases pedigrees can be traced back to the early 1700’s, however the first volume of the Stud Book was not produced until 1841.  The types of hounds mainly seen today are:

The Modern Foxhound

The Old English Foxhound

The Fell Hound

The Hill Hound

The Welsh Hound

The West Country Harrier

Most packs now hunt the Modern Foxhound but many have been bred using a judicious blending of Welsh blood. In some cases packs have out crosses to other types the most recent being the American.