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American Foxhound

The American Foxhound originated in the states of Virginia and Maryland purely for the sport of hunting fox.

American Foxhound

The American Foxhound was crossed with Grand Bleu de Gascogne (similar to that of a Blue tick Coonhound) and the French Foxhound to create the breed we know today. Eventually the Irish Foxhound was included in the crossbreeding to create more speed and stamina in the Foxhound.

 

Other names:;
Nicknames:  Foxhound
Origin: United States

Life Span:  Approximately 11-12 years
Weight:  65 to 75 pounds
Height:   21-25 inches.

Group:  Hunting Dog
Litter Size:  1-12 puppies

 

 

About The American Foxhound

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American Foxhound dogs are long and straight-boned, with a long head with a slightly domed head and large skullFoxhounds have been around as far back as the 1600s and were predominantly used as hunting dogs. The American Foxhound was crossed with Grand Bleu de Gascogne (similar to that of a Blue tick Coonhound) and the French Foxhound to create the breed we know today. Eventually the Irish Foxhound was included in the crossbreeding to create more speed and stamina in the Foxhound. 

The American Foxhound originated in the states of Virginia and Maryland purely for the sport of hunting fox. A special quality distinct to this breed is their musical howl that carries and can be heard for miles around. Because of this noisy characteristic, the American Foxhound is not much of a city dweller. Since being recognized in 1886 by the American Kennel Club, there are several different strains of American Foxhound known as the Trigg, July, Walker, Penn-Marydel and Goodman. All look somewhat different although they are all recognized as members of this breed of dog. The Walker is most often used as the show hound while the Penn-Marydel is a good hunter.

These dogs are long and straight-boned, with a long head with a slightly domed head and large skull. Their ears are broad, wide and flat on the head and have eyes that are large and set deep and wide. The expressive eyes are either a brown or hazel in color. Their short terrier-type coat is straight and comes in various colors, and they present a tail that has a slight upward curve over its back. The American Foxhound ranges in size from 21 to 25 inches tall at the withers and weighs between 65 and 75 pounds. They have a life expectancy of 10 – 12 years.

This fairly healthy breed of dog is very sweet, gentle and affectionate with their families, doing well with children. They get along with other dogs but can be difficult to handle with non-canine pets due to their extreme hunting instincts. These instincts also make this breed difficult to be a house pet. If you are looking for a good hunting or farm dog that can also interact well with the family, this may be the breed for you. You must still train your American Foxhound at a very early age to establish yourself as the dominant pack leader. As a result you will have a very friendly dog that can protect the family yet be the loving, caring companion you are looking for. Without this training and early socialization, you could be dealing with some behavior issues with this dog.

Because this is a hunting dog, it is extremely energetic and requires extensive exercises daily, whether it is long walks or runs, chasing a ball or Frisbee or just romping around the enclosed back yard. Although the American Foxhound is not prone to genetic problems like hip dysplasia and bone conditions, it is important to be sure it is not overfed so it doesn’t gain excess weight. Grooming this dog is minimal with a comb and firm bristle brush. Brush your dog weekly and shampoo only when necessary.  Check out some commonly asked pet questions.


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