Dogs in the hound group are primarily bred for hunting due to their acute sense of smell or great speed. This group includes scent hounds like the Beagle, Bloodhound, and Basset Hound, known for their exceptional tracking abilities, and sight hounds such as the Greyhound, Whippet, and Afghan Hound, valued for their speed and keen vision. Hound dogs are diverse in size and characteristics but generally share traits like strong prey drive, independence, and endurance. They tend to be good-natured and sociable, making them suitable for families. However, their hunting instincts can sometimes lead to a strong chase drive, requiring secure environments and regular exercise. Their distinctive vocalizations, like baying, are a notable trait in some hound breeds.