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I have always had a thing for Hounds. Don’t mistake me, it is simply an outward fascination. Hounds are fascinating creatures and have multiple skills amongst them. Legend has it that they were the first friends of human beings. They were hunting partners.
The first time I got fascinated by hounds was when I read the Sherlock Holmes masterpiece, Hound of the Baskervilles. You may think, “but isn’t that the one where the hound is characterized as a fearsome, blood-dripping monster?”. Well, that’s true. However, hounds are meant to be fearsome and respected creatures. Obviously, not to the extent as in the book!
Hounds have historically been hunters. They are predators at the core. They used to help humans hunt creatures such as bears, foxes and so on. In fact, ever since the middle ages. I have to specify that not all types of hounds have hunting skills. Scent hounds are used in hunting, and not so much sighthounds.
In the Hound of the Baskervilles, the hound was a black, enormous bloodhound that could scare passersby. For some reason, I found that very interesting. If you are meant to be a hunting dog, you could use a scary dog, like a Rottweiler for example. The first time Henry Baskerville describes to Holmes and Watson the monster he had just witnessed was such a great moment.
If you look at the various type of hounds and the associations they have forged with humans over millenniums, there seems to be a pattern. Certain types of hounds were preferred by certain tribes or civilizations. The French preferred the Grand Bleu de Gascogne during the time of Louis XIV, and the English have had a special affiliation to the Bloodhound.
The day I had gone to adopt Charlie, here were at least five hound breeds at the adoption enter. I was wondering, the hound is more of a premium breed when it comes to dogs. It is classified alongside the Labradors, Golden Retrievers and the German Shepherds of the world. If you wanted to buy one from the common market, they wouldn’t come at the cheap.
My fascination with hounds has remained and perhaps even grown ever since I read that book. One day I would like to adopt one, but the day hasn’t come yet. And when I do, I’m gonna groom him to be gigantic and fearsome!