Trainers Say These 9 Hound Dogs Make the Best Family Pets

1. Basset Hound

Don't be fooled by this pup's droopy appearance - basset hounds are cheerful, social dogs that make great companions.

2. Bloodhound

This large breed is famous for its incredible sense of smell and is often used for search and rescue missions.

3. Beagle

Among the smaller hound dog breeds on the list, usually between 20 and 30 pounds, beagles are popular family dogs.

4. Irish Wolfhound

With an adult size of 130 pounds and a name like "wolfhound," this hound dog is initially intimidating.

5. Bluetick Coonhound

One of the first things you'll notice about a bluetick coonhound is its unique speckled blue coat.

6. American Foxhound

The American foxhound is among the first dog breeds to be observed by the American Kennel Cub.

7. Black and Tan Coonhound

As their name might suggest, they were bred to hunt raccoons.

8. Afghan Hound

Afghan hounds look like they're more ready to hit the hair salon than hunt, but they're technically hound dogs, bred for speed.

9. Dachshund

Dachshunds, also known as wiener dogs, are one of the smallest hound dog breeds, typically weighing less than 20 pounds.