- Other Names: Foxhound
- Size: Large
- Life Expectancy: 11 years
- Average Weight: 70 pounds (32kg)
- Average Height: 24 inches (61cm)
- Grooming: Easy
- Shedding: Average
- Exercise: Demanding
- Training: Moderate / Difficult
- Color: Any Color
- Country of Origin: United States
- Personality: Active, Gentle, Brave and Loving
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American Foxhounds descended from English Hounds that were bought into American in 1650. In the 1700s these English Hounds were cross bred with French Hounds which resulted in the American Foxhound that we know today. They were first recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1886. American Foxhounds were originally bred to hunt foxes and are excellent scent hounds. They are naturally skilled at hunting, tracking and agility.
The American Foxhound is a rare breed. They are similar to their cousins the English Foxhound, but are taller and lighter and can be found in any color. They have long straight legs and their ears are large and hang framing the face. Their tails are carried high with a slight curve forward. They have smooth short-haired coats usually in black, white and tan. American Foxhounds are excellent scent dogs and have natural tracking and hunting instincts. They are lean, active and very alert dogs that thrive on physical activity and can seem tireless.
This high energy breed make lovable companions and are good with children. They do not make good watchdogs but can be wary of strangers. They are pack dogs so get along with other dogs but will naturally want to chase non-canine animals with their hunting instincts. They are famous for having a “musical howl” which can be heard over a long distance. American Foxhounds are easy going and gentle with their family but are also very brave and bold when on a chase or hunting. They are more suited as hunting companions rather then a family dog and will become bored and restless if kept indoors too much.
American Foxhounds need obedience training from a young age as they are scent dogs with a strong hunting instinct. If they pick up a scent they will be off and will not listen to commands. They are independent which can make training difficult. Owners need to be patient and persistent with training.
American Foxhounds are very active. They were bred as hunting and tracking dogs so they are best suited with an owner who will utilize their natural abilities. They are not suited as family/companion dogs unless they get vigorous daily exercise such as running alongside a bike. With their high exercise needs they do need to be on a farm or on a large sized section to prevent them from becoming restless. Always have American Foxhounds on a lead when out for walks as they will chase other animals with their natural prey instincts.
American Foxhounds are easy with grooming. A good brush now and then is sufficient and they only need bathing as needed. Regular brushing does help with keeping the shedding under control.