Dog Breeds: H

A good-natured scent hound, the Halden Hound is a medium-sized tri-coloured dog from Norway. Seldom, if ever, spotted outside of its native country, this is an incredibly rare breed of dog that is at real risk of becoming extinct. Used for hunting rabbits and hares, the Halden Hound makes an equally good family pet, as long as they are sufficiently exercised.

The Hamiltonstövare is a Swedish hunting breed that is a rare sight outside of its homeland. Its high energy levels and potential for stubbornness mean it needs an experienced owner, but in the right hands it can be a devoted and obedient family dog. It is generally very good with children, but unreliable with non-canine pets.

A German scent hound, the Hanover Hound is mainly used as a working dog who tracks and locates wounded prey. Known for their determination rather than their speed, this breed is prized for their ability to follow a scent for days on end without losing focus. Affectionate with those they know, once sufficiently exercised the Hanover Hound adapts well to family life.

The Harrier has a long and distinguished history as a fox and harehunting dog, but is now more likely to be found as a good-natured, sociable pet. It is great with children and other dogs, but not reliable with smaller pets. Its great capacity for exercise and stubborn nature can make it a challenge to manage for owners without a lot of spare time.

Havanese is a toy dog breed originally from Cuba but popular all over the world. The Havanese is a cute, playful dog with a long, silky coat that may come in all colours. They are active and friendly, sometimes overly attached to their owners, being prone to separation anxiety. They are great companion dogs and are also used as therapy and assistance dogs.

A loyal and affectionate dog, the Hokkaido dog bonds strongly with its family and is protective of them. Traditionally used to hunt wild boar and bears, as well as to fish salmon from streams, the Hokkaido dog was welcomed into many Japanese households over the years. Fearless and strong, it is essential that the Hokkaido dog is trained from a young age.

Used as hunting dogs in rural parts of Russia and its neighbouring countries, the Hortaya Borzaya is an incredibly rare dog, that you may never have heard of. Prized for their ability to bring home food for the table, they are more of a working farm dog than a family pet. Elegant and athletic, they are renowned for their stamina and speed.

This guardian breed has been protecting people and their property in its native Germany since the Middle Ages, and it can fill the role of family protector like few others. The Hovawart is a strong-willed dog that respects firm leadership, and this, combined with its suspicion of strangers, means it is not suitable for a novice owner.

The Kuvasz is a highly-intelligent, courageous and loyal large breed of dog, which is traditionally used for herding and guarding livestock. It is inherently protective and can be suspicious and aloof around strangers. They are best suited to an experienced dog owner who has plenty of time to exercise and diligently train them.

The mop-haired Hungarian Puli has a long history as a sheep-herder, but is rarely used for this purpose today. Instead, it protects its human “flock”, and is a clever and independent family pet that is gentle with children and sociable with other dogs. It is highly energetic and needs lots of exercise, as well as considerable effort to maintain its trademark coat.

A genuine working dog, the Huntaway was developed in New Zealand as a response to the need for a capable and hardy herding dog that used their voice, as well as their vision when shepherding. Highly intelligent with a dedication to their work, they make fantastic farm hands. Gentle by nature, they also tend to get along well with family pets and children.

A Norwegian dog that was deliberately developed by a breeder called Hans Hygen, the Hygen Hound should have the ability to hunt small prey with good endurance and enthusiasm, even in poor weather conditions. Their extensive exercise requirements can become a burden in an ill-equipped household, and if not met, will likely result in this dog acting out.