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American Foxhound


American Foxhound



Descending from English hounds brought to America in 1650, this majestic American Foxhound originated from two dog breeds, French and English and in combination, produced the American Foxhound. With its excellent nose and great speed when giving chase, this dog has great stamina for running and a delightfully musical bay. Even though this dog breed has enjoyed some success as a companion dog, the American Foxhound is still primarily used as a hunting and field trial dog. 



The American Foxhound is equally excellent with children and other dogs and its nature is sweet, affectionate, gentle and loving.  They are very brave and an intense warrior in the hunt however because of their pack-hunting background, should not be trusted with non-canine pets. They can be difficult to housebreak, can become very protective and their friendliness towards strangers varies widely.  You should be aware that they will take off after an interesting scent if given the opportunity and they do like to bay using that melodious bark of theirs.



Height:  53-64cm  (21-25in)
Weight:  29-34kg  (65-75lb)

This large, handsome dog is lightweight and tall with long and straight-boned front legs.  With a long and slightly domed head and large skull it has ears which are broad and pendant and flat and framing to the face. This dog's eyes are large and wide-set and are either brown or hazel, with a sweet, imploring expression and a tail which is carried cheerfully with a slight upward curve.  Its short, hard coat may be of any color.



This breed is an average shedder and as their smooth, short-haired coat is easy to groom a simple weekly comb and brush with a firm bristle brush, a shampoo as necessary is all that will be required for this low maintenance dog. 


Life Expectancy

10-12 Years


Health Concerns

A fairly healthy breed they are free of many genetic diseases which plague other breeds such as hip and bone problems.  It is recommended not to overfeed this breed as they have a tendency to put on weight. 



These very active dogs are not recommended for apartment life and do best with acreage as they require a great deal of exercise and can become restless and destructive if not taken on daily long walks.  These dogs are known to be able to run from early morning to late at night and return home still enthusiastic and eager.




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