The American foxhound is a member of the Hound group of breeds, and has excelled as a multitalented hunting dog since the breed was first developed in the 1700s. These lively dogs make terrific companions for most any outdoor activity, be it hunting, jogging, or playtime with kids; their gentle dispositions make them great family pets too. Keep in mind that they’ll be happiest when other dogs; particularly other Foxhounds, are also present in the household.
The Foxhound’s body is about equal in length and height. The head is slim and oval-shaped; the eyes are large, wide-set, and hazel or brown in color; the ears are long, hanging, and rounded at the tips. The Foxhound’s chest is wide but rather shallow, the legs very long and straight, and the body is cylindrical, long, and streamlined. The tail resembles a sickle: long, curved slightly, and erect.
These dogs come in a wide variety of colors, in both solid and multi-colored patterns. Black and Tan is a common combination; there are also Tri-Color breeds (Black, White, and Tan) and Brown (or Red) and White. Other possible Foxhound colors include Red, Blue, Tan or White.
The American foxhound is a medium to large sized dog. Height at the shoulders for males is 22-25 inches; females are slightly smaller at 21-24 inches. Foxhound weight is 65-70 pounds for males, 60-65 pounds for females.
Life expectancy for these dogs is 10-12 years.
American Foxhounds are actually quite healthy, and suffer from very few genetic health issues. The only known inherited condition is a rare disorder called thrombocytopathy, a blood disorder that causes the dog to bleed excessively from minor cuts or abrasions.
- Exceptionally healthy
- Can adapt to both hot and cold climates
- Fantastic hunting abilities
- Sweet-tempered and easygoing
- Easy to groom
- Great with children
- Socializes well with other pets
- Low to moderate shedding
- Barks frequently (and loudly)
- High tendency to wander or escape
- Will become obese if over-fed
- Can turn destructive if left alone for extended periods of time
- Fairly difficult to train
- Rare, and thus difficult to find and expensive to purchase
- Very high exercise requirements
- Can be stubborn and independent
- Not good for apartment life
These dogs are good pets given the right conditions. Like with any pet you should research and make sure that you can accommodate a breed like the hound. Once you choose your hound be sure to make a vet appointment to make sure your pet has adequate care. With hounds it is very important to have their teeth checked regularly, and to have all proper vaccinations. It is a good idea to get them on a heart-worm and flea and tick regiment since they are usually prone to a lot of outside exercise and hunting time.