American Foxhound

Type: Scenthound

Height: 21 - 25 inches

Weight: 65 - 75 lbs.

Life Span: 12 - 13 years.

Litter Size: 5 - 7 puppies.

Country of Origin: United States of America

Activity: High. These dogs are energetic but friendly and tolerable.

Watch-dog: High. This dog will alert you to anything unusual.

Guard-dog: Low


Description: The American Foxhound is a medium-sized to large-sized muscular dog. It has a long, broad head, medium-length drop ears and and large, brown eyes. The muzzle is straight and square, it's straight legs, back and tail are all long. They are distinguished from their English cousins by their finer bones, more leg length and more angulated hindquarters. The American Foxhound was not bred to be a family pet, but if well socialized as a young pup they will adapt to family life. American Foxhounds have a tendency to want to roam, but will adapt to their environment if properly cared for. Foxhounds are favored as a hunting dog because they have a keen nose and a remarkable talent to instinctively bark on the fox's trail. They are energetic dogs, but very friendly and affectionate. American Foxhounds are exceptionally athletic and are very willing to work. Stubborn and independent at times, the American Foxhound takes patience in training, but can become your best friend once rules are established.

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Colors: American Foxhounds come in all colors.

Coat: Hard and close.

Temperament: The American Foxhounds is an active, energetic, tolerant, amiable, gentle and friendly dog that gets along well with people and other dogs. Most are reserved around strangers, though. The American Foxhound can be independent and stubborn making training a little more difficult. This is a cheery breed.

With Children: Yes , excellent will bond with entire family

With Pets: Yes

Care and Training: American Foxhound need minimal grooming of their short coat. They have a high energy level and will require daily exercise. This breed needs a firm, no-nonsense leadership approach to training.

Learning Rate: Medium

Special Needs: Exercise, fenced yard, and a leash.

Living Environment: This breed needs a large house with a yard, as they are bred for outdoor activity. They do best with an active family in a rural or suburban area.

Health Issues: A naturally healthy breed, the American Foxhound has minimal health problems. Possible deafness, hip dysplasia, and blood platelet abnormality may sometimes occur.

History: The American Foxhound is descended from the English Foxhound. In the beginning of the establishing of America, hunting was essential to live in such a wilderness. Therefore, people bred dogs not for pedigree but for hunting ability, and thus the American world became a mixing pot of not only human culture but dog breeds as well. In early colonial America, immigrants from all over including France, Ireland and Britain brought their hounds and mixed them with the English Foxhound. One of the first packs were brought into the United States by Robert Brooke in the 1650s to Maryland. American Foxhounds were then used to chase fox, coyote and deer. George Washington was a great fancier and kept a famous pack at Mount Vernon. The breed is now thought to be of Irish Kerry Beagle type due to their color and working style. Brooke developed his dogs, as well as began the Black and Tan Coonhound breed. The American version of this breed compared to the English version are leggier, taller, and a bit lighter boned. They are slightly bigger than their cousins. Although the American Foxhound represents a large variety of dogs used for hunting today, few are actually registered with the AKC.

First Registered by the AKC: 1886

AKC Group: Hound

Class: Hound

Registries: AKC, CKC, FCI (Group 6), KC (GB), UKC