Dogs that are hound and good for first-time pet owners

Want to know more about dogs that are hound and good for first-time pet owners? See all the dogs that fit this criteria and learn more about what it's like to have these dogs as pets.

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  • breed group: hound
  • breed size: medium (26-60 lbs.)
  • other traits: easy to groom, high prey drive, high potential for weight gain, good for first-time pet owners, strong loyalty tendencies
  • colors: brown / chocolate / liver, red, gold / yellow, black
  • patterns: tricolor
  • coat length/texture: short
  • temperament: gentle, friendly, willful
You know that jowly face, those floppy ears. Basset hounds are excellent tracking dogs, but they're just as happy to spend time napping with your family. Learn more about living with basset hounds.
  • breed group: hound
  • breed size: large (61-100 lbs.)
  • other traits: easy to train, tolerates being alone, tendency to chew, high prey drive, high potential for weight gain, loves water, cold weather tolerant, good for first-time pet owners, strong loyalty tendencies
  • colors: black, gray, gold / yellow, blue, brown / chocolate / liver, cream, white, fawn
  • patterns: bicolor, black and tan, blue and tan, liver and tan
  • coat length/texture: medium
  • temperament: friendly, playful, outgoing
Otterhounds are very rare. But if you’re lucky enough to hang out with one, they make fast friends because of their happy demeanor and lovable personalities.