The English Foxhound is a large hound breed that was bred to work with horses. A good companion that requires room to run.
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Finding an English Foxhound
- Large build
- Elegant, clean cut and athletic
- Coloring is any hound color (black, tan and white) or any combination of the three with white, yellow and tan
- Brown eyes have a soft, gentle expression
- Coat: Short, dense hair
- Height: 23-27 inches
- Weight: 75-95 pounds
- Average lifespan: 12 years
- Friendly, amiable, gentle, active, bold
- Interaction with people: Excellent with children
- Interaction with animals: Prefers company of other dogs; good with other animals
- Level of attention needed: Traditionally a pack animal, so needs lots of human or canine companionship
- Training: Responsive and obedient to owner, but training takes patience
While the listed ailments may be common in this breed, not all members of the breed suffer from these conditions. Responsible breeders screen for orthopedic and genetic diseases.
- Not recommended for apartments
- Needs large yard, preferably acreage
- Average shedder
- Comb and brush with a firm bristle brush
- Shampoo only when necessary
- Developed in response to the deer depletion of the late 1500s when sportsmen began hunting fox
- Passionate hunter
- Designed to live near horses
- Registered with the American Kennel Club as the rarest dog in the U.S.
- Able to run for five to six hours at a consistent speed without stopping
- Developed by mixing of various hounds
- Subsequently bred with the greyhound, bulldog, and fox terrier
- From these latter breeds the foxhound inherited sudden spurts of speed during the chase, force and authority, and a passion for the hunt
- Studbooks have been carefully kept by the British Masters of Foxhounds Association since the 1800s