Breed Group: Hound
Weight: Male: 70-75; Female: 65-70 lbs
Height: Male: 22-25 Female: 21-24 inches
Color(s): Black, white, tan in either a bi-color or tri-color pattern
A direct descendant of English and French hounds, this breed was used during the 17th century to seek out Indians. However, in later years the American Foxhound was prized for its talent in hunting wild animals. This breed was never intended to be solely a pet. They were a popular breed with the wealthy who enjoyed fox hunting.
A sleek and athletic breed, the American Foxhound possesses great stamina. They are keen hunters known as scent hounds. As an active hunting dog, they will follow any scent irregardless of commands. American Foxhound's are tolerant, social, amiable, and active.
The American Foxhound is gentle and loving with their family and courageous and formidable during a hunt. This breed does well with children and other dogs. American Foxhound's should not be trusted with non-canine pets. They do not do well as house pets due to their ancestry of being outdoor pack hounds. This breed is affectionate, sweet, and may or may not be protective of their family or territory.
Regular combing and brushing should be done with a firm bristle brush. Bathing should only be done when necessary. It is important to frequently check the ears of this breeed often for debris. The American Foxhound is a relatively healthy breed. They have a tendency to gain weight if overfed.
The American Foxhound breed has a coat that is of medium length, is weather-proof, hard in texture, and lays close to the body. The American Foxhound is an average shedder.
The American Foxhound is typically difficult to housebreak. Moderate socialization is needed to keep them from being aloof or timid. The American Foxhound does best with fairness, firmness, routine, and consistency in training.
American Foxhound's are not recommended for apartment living due to their high energy and melodious barking. The American Foxhound requires a great deal of exercise to keep them from becoming restless and destructive. They do best in a rural setting with acreage or a large securely fenced yard. This breed excels at agility, tracking, and hunting.
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