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English Foxhound

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English Foxhound AKC Group: Hound
Height: Male: 22-25 inches, Female: 21-24 inches
Weight: 65-75 pounds
Colors: Black, tan, white
AKC recognized in: 1909

The English Foxhound was created from a careful combination of the Greyhound, the Fox Terrier, and the Bulldog. Getting the mixture right meant the best traits in speed, agility, and tenacity to hunt their favorite prey: the fox.

It was during Henry the VIII's reign that fox-hunting became extremely popular. Game such as fox remained abundant, while deer hunted for food and sport were growing scarce. This gave rise to the birth of English Foxhounds in the 1800's.

As one of the four breeds of foxhound, the English Foxhound belongs to the family of scent hounds. Originally a pack hound, it finds greater purpose in trailing foxes and living around horses and other hounds.

According to AKC registration records, the English Foxhound is the rarest dog breed in the U.S. Aside from a good nose, it is prized by foxhunters everywhere for its stamina and determination.


English Foxhound Summary
Affection three paws
Cold Tolerance three paws
Ease of Training two paws
Energy level four paws
Exercise Requirements four paws
Friendliness : Children four paws
Friendliness: Other Animals four paws
Friendliness: Other Pets three paws
Grooming Requirements one paw
Heat Tolerance three paws
Playfulness three paws
Protection Ability one paw
Watchdog Ability four paws

Straight-boned and muscular, the English Foxhound is quite formidable. Its paws are somewhat rounded and almost catlike. Clean and athletic in form, its body has great symmetry perfect for show dogs. But beneath its graceful appearance, know that it possesses a strong hunting instinct.

More than a wide skull and a long muzzle, it carries a sweet expression in its eyes. It's a dog which forms strong ties with its owner. Once you connect with it, you will see earnestness and intelligence in its look.

The English Foxhound comes from a gentle and tolerant breed. A pack hound by nature, it enjoys the company of humans and other dogs. Socially, it also gets along well with children and other pets like horses.

So here's a dog who prefers to nose around and investigate on new people rather than bark at them. It finds comfort in the company of loving owners and affectionate children who treat it as family.

In contrast, it also comes from a very active breed. It is happiest when hunting, searching, and learning new things. Minimal care goes to its glossy coat which is short and dense.

Health and Exercise

The English Foxhound has an expected life span of between 10 and 13 years.

A passionate hunter by heart, an English Foxhound enjoys long runs and long walks in the outdoors. Energetic and tireless, it can run all day long with breaks few and far in between. As an owner, you must not only be impressed by its stamina. You will have to match it to enjoy all the activity.

Independent, spirited, and a little bit stubborn, this foxhound requires training in obedience and discipline. Once you curb its natural curiosity for interesting objects, it can be trained to hunt game other than fox.

Give it plenty of exercise and a wide area to run, and your foxhound will last from 10 to 13 years. Confine it to a small space and an inactive lifestyle, and it will grow restless and destructive.

Fortunately, there are only a few health problems encountered with this breed. The most common ones are hip dysplasia and renal disease. Occasionally, there have been cases of epilepsy reported.

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