I freely admit that the best of my fun, I owe it to horse and hound,” is the famous Whyte-Melville quote that sits at the front of each copy of Horse & Hound.

Those who hunt will know that hounds have priority at all times and the words “hounds please” can often be heard on a hunting day.

Although jumping big hedges, camaraderie with friends and crossing country that you wouldn’t usually have access to can be some of the things that excite people about hunting, watching hounds work brings the day alive for many too.

From foxhounds to bloodhounds, puppies through to retirement, we celebrate the hound by taking a look at some pictures on and off the hunting field.

 Hounds in pictures

Focussed on the job in hand — one Tiverton Foxhound looks into the distance while others look on intently behind. check credit with Rich - possibly Sarah Farnsworth

Picture credit: Sarah Farnsworth

Focussed on the job in hand: one Tiverton Foxhound looks into the distance while others look on intently behind

Evening, a Four Shires Bloodhound does her puppies well under the heat lamp during the summer. Photo credit Deborah Kane

Photo credit: Deborah Kane

Evening, a Four Shires Bloodhound does her puppies well under the heat lamp during the summer

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Let sleeping dogs lie: A pile of traditional Old English Belvoir hound puppies in kennels last summer. Photo credit Rosie Gunn

Photo credit: Rosie Gunn

Let sleeping dogs lie: A pile of traditional Old English Belvoir hound puppies in kennels last summer

An Eggesford hound gets a leg up during a visit to their meet at Edgerley House by one of H&H's hunting correspondent — full report in 3 December issue

Photo credit: Hamish Mitchell

An Eggesford hound gets a leg up during a visit to their meet at Edgerley House by one of H&H‘s hunting correspondents — don’t miss the full report in the 3 December issue of Horse & Hound magazine

One of the Dunston Harriers gets in on the act during the presentation of a cheque by hunt chairman Brian King and Georgie Mann to Patrick Peel of the air ambulance

Photo credit: Trevor Meeks

One of the Dunston Harriers gets in on the act during the presentation of a cheque by hunt chairman Brian King and Georgie Mann to Patrick Peel of the air ambulance

Bones Allibone

Photo credit: Hamish Mitchell

Homeward bound at the end of the day for the Dulverton Farmers’ hounds following their meet near East Anstey on Exmoor

Dartmoor hounds have an "ah Bisto" moment at the meet at Throwleigh earlier this season

Photo credit: Hamish Mitchell

Dartmoor hounds have an “ah Bisto” moment at the meet at Throwleigh earlier this season

Knees tucked up: a Crawley & Horsham hound leaps a hunt rail in find style during their opening meet from Knepp Castle

Photo credit: Sarah Farnsworth

Knees tucked up: a Crawley & Horsham hound leaps a hunt rail in fine style during their opening meet from Knepp Castle

Scotia, a retired Lauderdale foxhound, is now enjoying an easy life by the Aga with five cats and two Jack Russell terriers for company. "Life is good" explains Heather Runciman, who also walked Scotia as a puppy

Scotia, a retired Lauderdale foxhound, is now enjoying an easy life by the Aga with five cats and two Jack Russell terriers for company

A very dirty and smelly South Tetcott Devon enjoys a moment on a stolen cushion during his earlier years. Photo credit Amanda Friend

Photo credit: Amanda Friend

A very dirty and smelly South Tetcott Devon enjoys a moment on a stolen cushion during his earlier years

Don’t miss this week’s issue of Horse & Hound magazine (26 November 2015), where we head out with the South Shropshire and the Dulverton Farmers