Southern Hound Information & Dog Breed Facts
Collection of all the general dog breed info about Southern Hound so you can get to know the breed more.
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Other Names |
What other names does the Southern Hound have?
|English HoundTraditional English HoundOld English Hound|
Breed Type |
What type of dog breed is it?
How much does the Southern Hound puppy cost? What is the price range of this puppy? What is the average price of a Southern Hound in the United States? How much money is a Southern Hound?
Where to buy a Southern Hound with a good pedigree?
Unfortunately the Southern Hound is an extinct dog breed, so there isn’t any available price range or breeder in the world for purchasing this breed.
How easy is it to get a Southern Hound? How many Southern Hound are there in the world?
Unavailable: This dog breed, unfortunately, is no longer available, it may even be extinct.
Is a Southern Hound small, medium or large dog?
How big do Southern Hound get?
What is the average size of a Southern Hound?
How much does the Southern Hound weigh? How much should a Southern Hound weight? What is the normal weight of a Southern Hound? How much does a full-grown Southern Hound weight?
|Male: 55-90 pounds (25-41 kg), Female: 45-85 pounds (20-39 kg)|
Average Weight |
What is the average weight of a Southern Hound?
|Male: 72.5 pounds (32.5 kg), Female: 62.5 pounds (28.5 kg)|
How tall is the Southern Hound? Southern Hound height:
|Male: 25-27 inches (63-69 cm), Female: 23-25 inches (58-63 cm)|
Average Height |
What is the average height of a Southern Hound?
|Male: 26 inches (65 cm), Female: 24 inches (60 cm)|
Coat / Hair Types |
What type of coat does the Southern Hound have? What does this canine coat/fur look like?
What color is the breed's coat? What color are proper Southern Hound coats?
How to groom the Southern Hound and how often? How often should I take my Southern Hound to the groomer?
Easy to groom: The Southern Hound doesn't require a lot of grooming. Seasonal flea treatment is needed, but cutting the dog's hair by a professional groomer isn't necessary.
Ears and eyes should be cleaned regularly to avoid infections. Southern Hound is a good choice if you don't have the time, skill, or money to take care of a high-maintenance dog.Recommended for beginners.
Shedding Level |
How much do Southern Hound dogs shed? How to control, reduce and prevent the shedding of the English Hound? Do Southern Hound dogs shed a lot?
Southern Hound dogs shed moderately. It's a natural process of the hair growth cycle. Regular brushing reduces the amount of hair that sheds. It mostly depends on their health status and breed type.
Bath Time / Bathing Frequency |
How often does the Southern Hound need a bath? How often should you give a Southern Hound a bath? Can I bathe my Southern Hound every day?
| 4-6 weeks |
Average. Experts recommended at least every 4-6 weeks for this family pup. According to a study, 56% of pet parents don’t bathe their dogs as frequently as they should, and 60% use the sniff test when deciding when it’s bath time.
Bathing your dog is beneficial to them in more ways than just one. It’s also a good time to look for unusual scratches, bumps, fleas, and other irregularities. When their hair is wet and flat against their body, these details are more visible.
What kind of personality does the Southern Hound have? What characteristics or traits does the breed have?
Intelligent Rank |
How smart is the Southern Hound? Is the Southern Hound breed dumb or smart?
Low to average: This canine intelligence is not the brightest one. Keep in mind that if you want to teach them any tricks, they understand and memorize new commands in 40-80 repetitions. Southern Hound obey the first command 30% of the time or better. So if you want to have a smart dog, you might have to reconsider your choice with this breed.
The Southern Hound ranks below average in the intelligence ranking of dogs.
Are Southern Hound dogs easy to train? Do they go well on dog training? How hard is it to train a Southern Hound?
Southern Hound dogs are quite easy to train. Sometimes they can be challenging, but if you're consistent in teaching new commands they will obey for sure.
How playful is this breed?
The Southern Hound is a highly playful breed. Excited barking and sometimes nipping will alert you to play.
Sensitivity Level |
How sensitive are they? Southern Hound sensitivity:
They are a little bit more sensitive than other dog breeds. Soft punishment affects them emotionally. Southern Hound dogs don't tolerate irregular daily routines, noisy households, and frequent guest visits really well.
They are receptive to their owner's emotions and make wonderful family companions.
Affection Level |
How affectionate are they? Is a Southern Hound a good family dog?
High: Southern Hound dogs are genuinely loyal, soft and gentle, loving, and affectionate dogs toward their handlers. They enjoy quality time with their owners despite the activity and are considered great therapy dogs for those in need. This breed responds strongly to their handler's emotions because they bond closely. Their happiness is your happiness.
Social Needs |
How much social interaction does the English Hound need? Southern Hound social needs:
Southern Hound dogs need a lot of social interaction. They desire to always be with someone or around people. This breed hates being left alone.
Do Southern Hound dogs bark a lot? Are they barkers/noisy? Why does my English Hound bark?
Average to High: The Southern Hound is a vocal breed. Not the best choice if you prefer a quiet breed. They often bark loudly and howl sometimes. They can change their barks depending on their emotional level and what they're trying to say. Different barks could mean the same and the same barks could have different meanings.
Top reasons for barking: protection, alarm, fear, boredom, attention-seeking, greeting, separation anxiety, compulsive barking.
Watchdog Ability |
Is Southern Hound good as a watchdog? Are they alert at night?
Southern Hound dogs are average watchdogs. If they sense something different, they will alert you, but observation isn't considered their main job.
Guarding Behavior / Territorial |
Do Southern Hound dogs have aggressive behavior to protect their home/house/territory? Do they have guarding instincts?
Southern Hound dogs are not the best to protect their territory. Better to have the protection of your house and property supervised by others.
Biting Potential |
Do Southern Hound bite humans? How likely are you to get bitten from the English Hound? What are the odds of getting bitten by a Southern Hound? Why do dog bites happen?
The Southern Hound has a low chance of biting somebody. Top reasons for dog bite: protection, pain, excitement, herding instinct, being provoked. (Data based on the available online bite statistics.)
Bite Force |
Does the Southern Hound has a hard bite? What is the bite force of a Southern Hound? How much bite force does a Southern Hound have?
Between 200 and 400 PSI ⏺
Southern Hound bite force: Ordinary. Average dogs have a bite force between 200 and 400 PSI.
The Southern Hound, and many others, have a fearsome presence because they have significant jaw strength, so it is important not to anger the dog and have it around strangers until it is fully trained.
However, they are usually quite calm and good companions, they work well in families and are easy to care for.
How much mouthing/nipping/play biting does the Southern Hound do?
Southern Hound dogs have a higher than average tendency to nip, chew, playbite, or herd people. It's a common habit during puppyhood, not aggressive behavior. These "bites" don't hurt, but Southern Hound dogs need to be taught a good attitude.
Impulse to Wander or Roam |
How likely is the Southern Hound to run away? Does this breed explore or wander a lot? Does Southern Hound roam?
The wanderlust potential of the Southern Hound is strong enough to escape from home. They have a strong desire for exploring the world. Safer to walk them on a leash unless you teach them how to get back to you on command.
Prey Drive |
Do this canine have a strong prey drive? Does Southern Hound have high prey drive?
Southern Hound dogs have a high impulse to chase and catch something. Cats or any other small animals are in danger. It's a natural instinct, doesn't necessarily mean that Southern Hound dogs are aggressive. Better to keep this breed on a leash.
Apartment Friendly |
Is Southern Hound good as an apartment dog? Can they live in a flat? Can you have a Southern Hound in an apartment?
It is not recommended to keep the Southern Hound breed in the home. It does best in the garden, but if you do want to keep it indoors, it should be exercised thoroughly with long daily walks, so you can keep the Southern Hound indoors by introducing daily routines.
Are they adaptable and easy-going?
Average: Southern Hound dogs adapt to lifestyle changes and different living environments quite okay usually.
Tolerates Being Left Alone |
How long can a Southern Hound be left alone? How long can you leave a Southern Hound alone?
Southern Hound dogs tend to have separation anxiety when their owners left them alone at home because they bond very closely with them.
Stranger Friendly |
Are they aggressive or friendly towards/with strangers? Southern Hound temperament with other people:
Southern Hound dogs are stranger-friendly dogs.
Pet Friendly |
Are they pet-friendly dogs? How well do Southern Hound dogs get along with other pets? Are Southern Hound dogs good with pets? What is this canine temperament with other pets?
Southern Hound dogs are usually friendly towards other pets.
Child Friendly |
Are Southern Hound dogs kid-friendly? Are they good with young children? Southern Hound temperament with children:
Southern Hound dogs are kid-friendly dogs. This breed is a good choice if you have children.
Cat Friendly |
How well do Southern Hound dogs get along with cats? Are they good with kittens? What is this fido's temperament with cats? Can they be good with cats? Can the Southern Hound breed live with a cat?
Southern Hound dogs are cat-friendly dogs.
Dog Friendly |
Is Southern Hound good with other dogs? Are they dog-friendly dogs? How well do Southern Hound dogs get along with other dogs?
Southern Hound dogs are average friendly towards other dogs.
Good For First Time Owners |
Is Southern Hound breed good for first-time owners? Do they make a good dog for novice owners? Is Southern Hound breed suitable for first-time owners?
Southern Hound dogs are good for novice owners, due to their easy-going personality.
Office Friendly |
Are Southern Hound dogs good office canines? Do Southern Hound dogs make good office-friendly pets? Can they be office dogs?
Southern Hound is not the best dog breed for office environment.
Senior Citizens Friendly |
Are they senior citizens friendly dogs? How well do Southern Hound dogs get along with the elderly people? What is the English Hound temperament with senior people? Are Southern Hound dogs good for elderly owners?
Southern Hounds are usually recommended for elderly people.
Health Issues |
Is it a healthy or unhealthy breed? Do Southern Hound dogs have health problems or genetic diseases?
The Southern Hound is a healthy breed, but there are certain health issues that you should check with your vet regularly.
Veterinarian Visits |
How often does the Southern Hound breed need to go to the vet? How often should you take your dog to the vet? How often should the Southern Hound see the vet?
The Southern Hound should have a complete physical check-up at least once per year. If your dog shows any symptoms, call your veterinarian.
Life Expectancy |
How long do Southern Hound dogs live? How old can a Southern Hound be? What is the age limit of the Southern Hound? How many years can the oldest Southern Hound live?
What is the average life expectancy / lifespan of a Southern Hound?
How long is the lifespan of a Southern Hound?
The average lifespan of Southern Hound: 12 years
Is the Southern Hound breed hypoallergenic?
Southern Hound dogs don't do well with allergy sufferers by causing allergic reactions. Some dog breeds are even considered to higher possibility of an allergic response. Coat type isn't necessarily relevant, because most people are allergic to dander (flakes on the dog's skin) or saliva, not actually to dog hair.
Energy Level |
How much energy does the Southern Hound have? What is the activity level of the Southern Hound?
Southern Hound dogs have a higher energy level than other dog breeds. If you want a dog for snuggling on the couch, this breed isn't the perfect choice for you.
Activity Requirement / Exercise Need |
How much exercise does a Southern Hound need? How much exercise do Southern Hound dogs require per day?
Do Southern Hound dogs need a lot of exercises?
Southern Hound dogs need a lot of exercises. Long walks should be on a daily schedule. If you live an active life, this breed can be a good choice for you.
Sleeping Need |
How much sleep does the Southern Hound breed need?
Southern Hound dogs are quite energetic dogs and they don't spend too much time with sleeping. If you live an active life, this breed can be a good choice for you.
Average daily food consumption |
How much food does a Southern Hound need? What dog products should I buy? How much food does a Southern Hound breed eat per day? What is good dog food for Southern Hound? How much food should I feed my Southern Hound?
|2.5 to 4 cups of high-quality dry food a day, divided into two meals.|
Weight Gain Potential / Prone to Obesity |
How easy to gain weight for this dog? Southern Hound risk for obesity:
Average to High: If you don't pay attention to the Southern Hound's weight, he can easily gain weight. More than one daily walk should be on schedule. To make your dog happy and fit, feed him with quality dry dog food and live an active life together. Try to find the happy medium between exercise and feeding.
If you notice any weight gain, consult your veterinarian and make a diet plan. Reduce unhealthy food and snacks, and measure the Southern Hound weight regularly.
Weather and Climate |
Which weather condition is preferred by this dog? Can they tolerate hot or cold weather and climate?
| Tolerates warm and cold weather |
Dogs that tolerate hot and cold weather are typically those that have a double coat of fur. Dogs with a double coat of fur have a layer of fur that insulates their skin and helps protect them from the cold and the heat.
How stinky is this dog? Why does it smell bad and how to get rid of the smell?
The Southern Hound has an average chance of bad smell. Top reasons for dog stinkiness: infection of bad tooth/ear/skin folds, gas attacks.
Drooling Tendency |
Does the Southern Hound drool?
The Southern Hound is a perfect example of a low drooling tendency. If you dislike being covered by slobber spots on your clothes, the Southern Hound could be a good choice for you. Drooling is the unintentional saliva flowing outside of the mouth. It can be completely normal or a sign of a health problem. Certain dog breeds drool less than others, just like the Southern Hound.
If you notice any change in your dog's drooling habit, you should contact a vet as soon as possible.
Service Dog |
Are they good as service dogs? Can Southern Hound be a guide dog? Are they used as seeing-eye dogs?
This breed generally not used as a service dog. A service dog is a term used in the USA to refer to any type of assistance dog specifically trained to help people who have disabilities, such as visual impairment, hearing impairments, mental disorders, seizures, mobility impairment, and diabetes. Service dogs are protected under the ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act).
Southern Hound is not the best breed for service purposes.
Therapy Dog |
Are they good as therapy dogs? Can Southern Hound be a therapy dog? Are they good anxiety dogs? Can a Southern Hound be an emotional support animal?
This breed is generally not used as a therapy dog. A therapy dog is a dog that might be trained to provide affection, comfort, and love to people in hospitals, retirement homes, nursing homes, schools, hospices, disaster areas, and people with anxiety disorders or autism.
Southern Hound is not the best breed for therapeutic purposes.
Detection Dog or Sniffer Dog |
Are they good as detection dogs? Can Southern Hound be a sniffer dog?
They are not typically employed for this type of work, but there may be exceptional cases. A detection dog or sniffer dog is a dog that is trained to use its senses (mostly its smell) to detect substances such as explosives, illegal drugs, wildlife scat, currency, blood, and contraband electronics such as illicit mobile phones.
Southern Hound is not the best breed for detection purposes.
Search and Rescue Dog (SAR) |
Are they good as SAR dogs? Can Southern Hound be a search and rescue dog?
This dog breed is not typically used as a search and rescue dog. The use of dogs in search and rescue (SAR) is a valuable component in wilderness tracking, natural disasters, mass casualty events, and locating missing people.
The Southern Hound is not the best breed for SAR purposes.
Boat and Sailor Dog |
Are they good as boat dogs? Can Southern Hound be a boat dog?
Southern Hound breed usually doesn't like being on a boat.
Boat dogs were typically bred for their strength, stamina, and water resistance, as they were often required to perform tasks such as pulling in fishing nets, and jumping into the water to retrieve ropes or lines, or helping to move cargo.
Sailor dog is a type of dog that was bred to accompany sailors on their voyages. They were typically used for three purposes: as a working dog, a watchdog, and as a companion. A boat dog is a term used to describe a type of dog that was traditionally bred and used as a working dog on boats.
Cart Pulling or Drafting Dog |
Are they good as cart pulling dogs? Can Southern Hound be a drafting dog?
A drafting dog or draft dog is a dog bred and used for cart pulling. Dogs bred for this work have strong builds and qualities that are needed, strength and determination.
Southern Hound is not the best breed for drafting purposes.
Fighting Dog / Military Dog |
Where Southern Hound dogs used as fighting / military dogs in history?
In history, this breed was not really used for combat dog.
Gestation Length |
How long is a Southern Hound pregnant?How long does it take to have puppies? How to tell if the Southern Hound breed is pregnant?
Reproductive cycle of the female Southern Hound: The first period called Proestrus lasts for about 9 days.
During this time the females start to attract males. You can notice by swelling vulva and bloody discharge.
The second part is the Estrus when the female is receptive for the male. It lasts for about 3 to 11 days.
The sign of the proestrus part is the soft and enlarged vulva. The discharge decreases and lightens in color.
The third part is the Diestrus. Normally, it occurs around day 14. In this period the female’s discharge changes for vivid red and coming to its end. The vulva returns to average, and she will no longer permit mating.
The fourth part called the Anestrus. The time frame between heat periods normally lasts about six months.
Once a year.
More frequent breeding is not healthy. It is very important not to buy a dog from a puppy mill, where the needs of the pups and their mothers are ignored. It's an inhumane high-volume dog breeding facility, where puppies born several times a year.
Litter Size |
How many puppies can the Southern Hound have in a litter? How many puppies can the Southern Hound breed have for the first time? How many puppies does a Southern Hound have? How many puppies can a Southern Hound give birth to?
AKC Group |
Is Southern Hound recognized by the American Kennel Club?
|Not recognized by the American Kennel Club.|
FCI Group |
Is Southern Hound recognized by the Fédération Cynologique Internationale (FCI)?
|Not recognized by FCI.|
Southern Hound Pros and Cons
- Grooming: Easy to groom: The Southern Hound doesn't require a lot of grooming.
- Drooling Tendency: The Southern Hound is a perfect example of a low drooling tendency.
- Child Friendly: Southern Hound dogs are kid-friendly dogs.
- Cat Friendly: Southern Hound dogs are cat-friendly dogs.
- Senior Citizens Friendly: Southern Hounds are usually recommended for elderly people.
- Good For First Time Owners: Southern Hound dogs are good for novice owners, due to their easy-going personality.
- Intelligent Rank: Low to average: This canine intelligence is not the brightest one.
- Hypoallergenic: Southern Hound dogs don't do well with allergy sufferers by causing allergic reactions.
- Apartment Friendly: It is not recommended to keep the Southern Hound breed in the home.
- Weight Gain Potential / Prone to Obesity: Average to High: If you don't pay attention to the Southern Hound's weight, he can easily gain weight.
- Mouthiness: Southern Hound dogs have a higher than average tendency to nip, chew, playbite, or herd people.
- Impulse to Wander or Roam: The wanderlust potential of the Southern Hound is strong enough to escape from home.
- Tolerates Being Left Alone: Southern Hound dogs tend to have separation anxiety when their owners left them alone at home because they bond very closely with them.
- Office Friendly: Southern Hound is not the best dog breed for office environment.
Southern Hound History
The Southern Hound was a breed of scent native to England. It is a very old breed and goes way back before even written records were kept of dog breeding and as a result of this, people are unsure about the breed’s exact ancestry. However, what we know for sure is that the Southern Hound was developed in Southern England and Wales and that it was already widespread by the end of the renaissance. The breed was the most traditional and possibly oldest of the British scent hound breeds, but how and when it developed are matters of intense debate.
Furthermore, during the Middle Ages and the Renaissance, as we already know hunting with hounds was the primary pastime of the European nobility as at the time they were the only ones who could afford to keep hunting dogs. Eventually, hunting became more than just a sport, it became a focal point of aristocratic society. Countless personal, dynastic, and political relationships were formed on the hunt which impacted the people’s lives. Although it was popular all over Europe, hunting with packs of scent hounds reached its pinnacle in England and France. As a result, there are several theories and possibilities to describe the origins of the Southern Hound. According to historians, the most widely held theory is that the breed is descended from hounds that were brought to England by William the Conqueror and his Norman armies in 1066. William and the other Normans were the descendants of Viking raiders who had settled in Northern France and had become assimilated by the French culture. At the time, the French were regarded as having the best hounds in Europe. There have been several types of pack hounds in France, among them the Grand Bleu De Gascogne probably being the oldest one. While these dogs bred true, they were not purebred in the moderns sense. It all changed when the monks at the Saint Hubert Monastery started up a breeding program to develop the perfect hunting dog, and they began to produce pure-blooded scent hounds sometime between 750 and 900 A.D. These so-called Saint Hubert Hounds became very famous and sought after their keen sense of smell. Every year the monastery sent a number of Saint Hubert Hounds to the King of France as a tribute and this went on for several centuries. The King of France kept a few of these dogs but gave most of them away as gifts to his nobles. William the Conqueror received a few as well and many believe that as he took them to England, they were crossed with other breeds such as the Grand Bleu de Gascogne, the Talbot, and other local British dogs which laid the foundation of the Southern Hound.
However, another interesting theory is that some researchers believe that the Southern Hound is actually far older, as in fact the original British Hound breed. This position was first taken by William Youatt in his work called ‘The Dog’. He argued that there is some evidence that dogs very similar to modern scent hounds were present in England well before the arrival of the Roman Empire in 43 A.D. However this evidence if far from definitive, but it can be quite true that the pre-Roman Celts had high skilled hunting dogs.
According to experts, the truth can probably be found between the two theories. The Southern Hound was probably the result of crossing dogs imported by the Normans with the existing scent hound population of England. These dogs themselves were probably an amalgamation of Celtic, Roman, Germanic, and Scandinavian dogs that freely crossed throughout many centuries of conquest and migration. The Southern Hound was definitely in its ultimate form by the end of the 1400s, and probably at least 300 years earlier.
Moreover, the Southern Hound was popular across Wales and in England south of the River Trent. The breed was known for its extremely keen sense of smell and it is also said that the dog was able to follow trails that were several days old and it would not stop until its located. Apparently, the breed was also known to be a slow tracker as it trailed very methodically, which was necessary to trail deer through a forest. Until the 1600s, the preferred quarry of the British nobility was always deer, so deer hunting became the breed’s specialty. Furthermore, the Southern Hound would probably still exist today if it were not for the dramatic environmental changes that took place in England. As time went by, new technological improvements and new crops were introduced by the Americans. This meant that the wild places remaining in Britain were converted to agriculture. This further led to the populations of those species which depended on the woodlands, for example, the deer, began to rapidly decline. The small area also made traditional deer hunting less enjoyable even when the game was available. However, there was still a job for the Southern Hunt as instead of deer, fox hunting became popular which eventually turned into major social events. The British nobility began to hunt foxes, using their own packs of Southern Hounds to do so. Unfortunately, the breed proved to be less than ideal for the new sport of fox hunting as it was a slow hunter. Hunters wanted to create a more suitable breed so they used the Southern Hound as a base and crossed it with Northern Hounds, Harriers, Greyhounds, Terries, and possibly with Collie type of dogs. This is one of the reasons wh the Foxhound’s primary ancestor is the Southern Hound. Eventually, by the end of the 1700s, as other more suitable dogs took the breed’s place, the Southern Hound was a breed without purpose and had become very rare.
There are several disputes between experts about what became of the Southern Hound after the 1700s. Some believe that they continued to live in isolated pockets of Wales well into the 19th century, and on the other hand, some think that the breed was entirely extinct prior to 1800. Overall, the breed has been extinct as a distinct breed for between one and two hundred years for sure, but the blood of this dog continues to live on in a number of breeds. It does not appear that there are any attempts made to recreated the breed and given that hunting with dogs is now illegal in England and Wales, it is very unlikely that any will be attempted in the future.