American Foxhound

The American Foxhound, or simply Foxhound, is a large scent hound that was developed in the United States for the purpose of hunting foxes. Although there are several strains of the American Foxhound and each of them have slightly different characteristics, they are all recognized as the same breed. American Foxhounds can be traced all the way back to 1650 when English-type hounds were shipped to the United States. These early hounds were used to hunt in packs leading men on horseback while chasing such game as foxes, deer and coyotes. The sport was particularly popular with upper class persons, and George Washington even had a pack of hounds. Over the years, breeders began crossing these English hounds with French and Irish hounds in hopes of producing a faster, more efficient hunting dog. It was these early crosses that developed the various strains of the American Foxhounds that we know today. Results of these breedings created dogs that possessed amazing speed, endurance and jumping abilities.

The American Foxhound is a tall, large hound with slightly longer legs than the English Foxhound. This dog breed is fast and a bit more agile than his cousin. Its coat is hard and short and close to the body. Grooming American Foxhounds is an easy task. They only need regular brushing and occasional bathing. Check ears regularly for infections. The average weight for an adult American Foxhound is about 65 to 75 pounds. This is a somewhat tall dog with a long tail, square muzzle and long, floppy ears. It has a smooth coat that can come in a variety of color combinations including tri-colored (most common), black and tan, red, and blue. Its eyes can be either hazel or brown. Personality: The American Foxhound is an amiable, friendly companion. They were bred for endurance and need daily vigorous exercise, as long as possible. It is a hunter at heart and always ready to trail prey. This is why they should be walked in safe areas so they cannot run off. This dog breed will feel more comfortable living in the country, not the city. They are very sociable dogs and are good with children and other dogs. Although the Foxhound is a gentle dog that gets along quite well with children, it does not like strangers. Additionally, due to its high energy level and size, it may not be well suited for small children or some seniors. This is a dog that requires a lot of exercise and space to run and explore. The American Foxhound has an extremely strong instinct to follow a scent and will follow it no matter what. As such, you will want to be sure to begin training your Foxhound at a very early age. Furthermore, you will need to keep it in a secure yard and away from such small pets as cats, rabbits and Guinea pigs. The American Foxhound is a highly energetic dog that makes a great pet for active persons, especially those who enjoy hunting. While these dogs get along well with older kids and other dogs, they are not recommended for smaller children, seniors who have health problems or people who own such other pets as cats, rabbits or rodents.

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Breed Type
Pure
Origin
United States
Function
Life Span
10-12 Years
Hypoallergenic
No
Other Names
Foxhound, American Foxhound

American Foxhound Build Information

Size
Medium
Length (Male)
22-27 in.
Length (Female)
22-24 in.
Weight
41 - 65 lbs
Litter Size
5 - 10 Puppies
Tail Dock or Crop
No
Preferred Climate
Any Climate

The American Foxhound is a tall, large hound with slightly longer legs than the English Foxhound. This dog breed is fast and a bit more agile than his cousin. Its coat is hard and short and close to the body. Grooming American Foxhounds is an easy task. They only need regular brushing and occasional bathing.

Check ears regularly for infections.

The average weight for an adult American Foxhound is about 65 to 75 pounds. This is a somewhat tall dog with a long tail, square muzzle and long, floppy ears. It has a smooth coat that can come in a variety of color combinations including tri-colored (most common), black and tan, red, and blue. Its eyes can be either hazel or brown.

Behaviour and Personality

Kid Friendliness
Affection Level
Activity Level
Energy Level
Independant
Good to Other Pets
Dominating or Submissive?
Guardian Skills
Barking
Aggressiveness Level

The American Foxhound is an amiable, friendly companion. They were bred for endurance and need daily vigorous exercise, as long as possible. It is a hunter at heart and always ready to trail prey. This is why they should be walked in safe areas so they cannot run off. This dog breed will feel more comfortable living in the country, not the city. They are very sociable dogs and are good with children and other dogs. Although the Foxhound is a gentle dog that gets along quite well with children, it does not like strangers.

Additionally, due to its high energy level and size, it may not be well suited for small children or some seniors.

This is a dog that requires a lot of exercise and space to run and explore. The American Foxhound has an extremely strong instinct to follow a scent and will follow it no matter what. As such, you will want to be sure to begin training your Foxhound at a very early age. Furthermore, you will need to keep it in a secure yard and away from such small pets as cats, rabbits and Guinea pigs. The American Foxhound is a highly energetic dog that makes a great pet for active persons, especially those who enjoy hunting. While these dogs get along well with older kids and other dogs, they are not recommended for smaller children, seniors who have health problems or people who own such other pets as cats, rabbits or rodents.

Appearance

Colors
Black & Cream Black & Tan Black & White Blue Cream Red Tan Tri-Color White
Shedding
Moderate
Grooming
Low Maintenance
Coat Type
Rough

This is a breed that does not require extensive grooming other than an occasional bathing when needed. However, you will need to check its ears regularly and clean out any excess wax buildup using the tip of a soft, damp rag. Additionally, if the nails get too long, you can clip the tips of them with a pliers-type pet nail clipper.

Breed's Talents and Facts

Training
Easy
Hunting Companion
Yes
Jolly for Jogging
Yes
Sighting Capabilities
No
Ideal for Tracking
Yes
Retrieving Skills
No
Pointing Breed
No
Herding Skills
No
Dutiful Watchdog
Yes
Security Guard Capable
No
Police Performer
No
Wet Water rescues
No
Assist Disable Owners
No
Dog Sledding
No
Able to Perform Dog Carting
No
Agile/Zippy
Yes
Fun with Lure Coursing
No
Obedient
No
Possible Schutzhund Work
No
Trainable for Tricks
No
  • The American Foxhound is Virginia's state animal
  • The American Foxhound's howls can be heard for miles
  • American Foxhound females can have as many as 12 puppies in one litter

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Common Health Conditions in American Foxhounds

American Foxhounds are typically healthy dogs that can live up to 12 years or longer if they are taken care of properly. Nonetheless, there are a few health issues that have been seen in the breed on occasion. The most common of these issues include obesity, thrombocytopathy (platelet disease) and Pelger-huet anomaly (white blood cell disorder).

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