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American Foxhound

American-Foxhound

A Gentle & Vocal Scenthound

Devoted, friendly, active

American Foxhounds are well-mannered, amiable, and athletic, large dogs. These hunting dogs are friendly toward children and strangers, and enjoy both human and canine companionship. Like other hounds, they tend to bay, and should not be left alone for long periods of time. Foxhounds make great pets for active individuals, families, experienced dog handlers, people living alone, and those who enjoy the outdoors. Living in an apartment is not recommended for this breed because they need vigorous daily exercise and a safe spacious area to run around.

Understanding their unique needs will help keep them healthy and create a strong bond between the two of you. Explore this page to learn more about the breed’s history, health concerns, characteristics, and care needs.

Breed Details

Height:21-25 in. Weight:40-65 lb Lifespan:11-14 years

Size
4

1=small 5=large

Grooming requirements
1

1 = little grooming - 5 = much grooming

Energy level
4

1 = low energy - 5 = high energy

Ease of training
2

1 = difficult - 5 = easy

Affection toward owners
3

1 = independent - 5 = very affectionate

Friendliness toward strangers
4

1 = shy - 5 = very friendly

Routine Care: These are smart dogs with lots of energy, so keep their mind and body active, or they'll get bored. That's when the naughty stuff starts. Always walk your American Foxhound on a leash, they have a tendency to run off after interesting smells.

Grooming: They have low grooming needs. Brush their coat as needed, at least weekly.

Dental: American Foxhounds generally have good teeth, and you can keep them perfect by brushing them at least twice a week!

Ear Care: Clean their ears weekly, even as a puppy. Don’t worry—your veterinarian can show you how!

The American Foxhound is a friendly, devoted, and very vocal companion.

Positive Traits:

  • Excellent hunting dog

  • Has a short, easy-to-care-for coat

  • Large, strong, and athletic

  • Mild-mannered and easy to get along with

  • Great with kids and other dogs: a true family pet

  • Even temper and gentle disposition

Negative Traits:

  • Requires vigorous, frequent exercise and space to run

  • Has a tendency to escape, wander, and roam

  • Can be strong-willed and difficult to train

  • Easily bored or distracted if not given something to do

  • Standoffish toward strangers


Whether you are considering adding a new American Foxhound to your family or you already have one as a companion, it is important for you to know about the genetically linked diseases known to occur more often in this breed. Of course not every American Foxhound will have these problems, but research shows your pal is more at risk than other breeds.

By exploring the health concerns specific to the American Foxhound you will become a knowledgeable and confident pet parent. Be sure to speak with your veterinarian about breed risks every time you visit and educate yourself on the most important signs to watch for at home. They are counting on you to be their health expert.

Some health issues an American Foxhound could encounter:

The American Foxhound originated during the 1700's in Virginia and Maryland and were bred as scenthounds for hunting fox. George Washington was considered not only the father of his country, but also the "Father of American Foxhounds" as he was an early breeder and fox hunting enthusiast.

American Foxhounds are highly active and generally healthy with an average lifespan of 11-14 years. They can develop some common diseases such as hip or elbow dysplasia and hypothyroidism. Early diagnosis is the key to a long and happy life, so be sure to schedule routine checkups.

Consult with a veterinarian if your American Foxhound shows signs of the following:

  • General reluctance to run or play

  • Stiffness or reluctance to rise/sit/use stairs

  • Pain or straining to urinate, bloody urine

  • Dull coat, hair loss, sluggish, weight gain

  • Swallowing difficulty or gagging

  • Swollen lymph nodes or glands, unexplained weight loss

  • Easily startled, no reaction to unseen sounds

  • Care

    Routine Care: These are smart dogs with lots of energy, so keep their mind and body active, or they'll get bored. That's when the naughty stuff starts. Always walk your American Foxhound on a leash, they have a tendency to run off after interesting smells.

    Grooming: They have low grooming needs. Brush their coat as needed, at least weekly.

    Dental: American Foxhounds generally have good teeth, and you can keep them perfect by brushing them at least twice a week!

    Ear Care: Clean their ears weekly, even as a puppy. Don’t worry—your veterinarian can show you how!

  • Characteristics

    The American Foxhound is a friendly, devoted, and very vocal companion.

    Positive Traits:

    • Excellent hunting dog

    • Has a short, easy-to-care-for coat

    • Large, strong, and athletic

    • Mild-mannered and easy to get along with

    • Great with kids and other dogs: a true family pet

    • Even temper and gentle disposition

    Negative Traits:

    • Requires vigorous, frequent exercise and space to run

    • Has a tendency to escape, wander, and roam

    • Can be strong-willed and difficult to train

    • Easily bored or distracted if not given something to do

    • Standoffish toward strangers


  • Health Concerns

    Whether you are considering adding a new American Foxhound to your family or you already have one as a companion, it is important for you to know about the genetically linked diseases known to occur more often in this breed. Of course not every American Foxhound will have these problems, but research shows your pal is more at risk than other breeds.

    By exploring the health concerns specific to the American Foxhound you will become a knowledgeable and confident pet parent. Be sure to speak with your veterinarian about breed risks every time you visit and educate yourself on the most important signs to watch for at home. They are counting on you to be their health expert.

    Some health issues an American Foxhound could encounter:

  • History

    The American Foxhound originated during the 1700's in Virginia and Maryland and were bred as scenthounds for hunting fox. George Washington was considered not only the father of his country, but also the "Father of American Foxhounds" as he was an early breeder and fox hunting enthusiast.

    American Foxhounds are highly active and generally healthy with an average lifespan of 11-14 years. They can develop some common diseases such as hip or elbow dysplasia and hypothyroidism. Early diagnosis is the key to a long and happy life, so be sure to schedule routine checkups.

  • Watch Out For

    Consult with a veterinarian if your American Foxhound shows signs of the following:

    • General reluctance to run or play

    • Stiffness or reluctance to rise/sit/use stairs

    • Pain or straining to urinate, bloody urine

    • Dull coat, hair loss, sluggish, weight gain

    • Swallowing difficulty or gagging

    • Swollen lymph nodes or glands, unexplained weight loss

    • Easily startled, no reaction to unseen sounds

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