American Foxhound

Breed Group: Hound
Overview
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.

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Character
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.

Does your American Foxhound bark, howl, and cry whenever you leave the house? Separation anxiety is extreme anxiety experienced by your dog when you are away from him.
Temperament
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.
Care
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.

If your dog is displaying behavior uncharacteristic of his normal actions, call the Vet.
Coat
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.
Training
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. Teaching your dog to sit, lie down, and stay is vital to the training of your new puppy. There are several accepted methods of house training your new American Foxhound puppy. Consider crate training if you need to adapt your dog to a safe and confined environment for various safety and comfort reasons.
Activity
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. Socialization is one of the single most important things you can do for your puppy.
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

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American Foxhound Questions

Can they be kept outside? My mom has a fear of dogs, but the rest of the family wants a puppy.

Answer:
In short, yes, the dog can be kept outside as long as the dog has suitable shelter, water and a large fenced in space. However, if your mother is so afraid of dogs that she should not come in contact with the dog. I would not suggest getting a puppy at all. Puppies are boisterous, playful and unpredictable. They can set off fears in people with a fear of dogs already and that energy is read by the puppy and they can become fearful, or even aggressive towards people like your mother/women. Search for a calm, adult dog that is already socialized. This will allow your mother to read the movements/behaviors of the dog from afar and get to know the dog so she can say hi when she is ready. But do not bring a puppy into that environment, it is not healthy or suitable for both your mother and the pup.

Are American Foxhounds friendly to kids and small dogs?

Answer:
The American Foxhounds are good with children, they are loving and loyal family companions. The American Foxhound has a high prey drive, but if socialized correctly and trained then the dog should do fine around small dogs.

How fast does the American Foxhound run?

Answer:
Foxes are able to run between 30 and 40 miles per hour at their fastest depending on the breed, and the American Foxhound was bred to be able to run just as fast, if not faster then the fox.

Answer:
And its not so much how fast but 'for how long'. My Foxhound can maintain around 12 to 15mph for 2 to 4 hours when on trail. Once he has the scent, 'Stand back and let him do his STUFF!"

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