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English Foxhound

English-Foxhound

A Tireless & Curious Scenthound

Independent, gentle, tolerant

English Foxhounds are active, busy, and companionate, large dogs. This hunting breed is typically reserved around strangers, but friendly with children and other pets.  Foxhounds make great companions for active individuals, hunters, families with older children, and people who enjoy the outdoors. These dogs need extensive daily exercise to stay happy and prevent development of destructive behavior.

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:23-27 in. Weight:55-75 lb Lifespan:10-13 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: English Foxhounds are not well suited for apartment living; they require daily exercise and room to run. They are high energy hunting dogs, so a fenced yard and leashed walks are a must.

Grooming: Brush their coat at least weekly.

Dental: English 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!


English Foxhounds were not bred to be a family pet, but rather an avid hunter. They thrive as part of a pack.

Positive Traits:

• Highly active and eager to have a purpose

• Excellent hunting dog

• Good with children and other pets

• Has a short, easy-to-care-for coat

• Requires minimal grooming

• Even temper and gentle disposition

Negative Traits:

• Needs a lot of exercise

• Has a tendency to escape, wander, and roam

• Standoffish toward strangers

• Willful and stubborn  if not socialized properly




Whether you are considering adding a new English 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 English 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 English 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're counting on you to be their health expert. 

Some health issues an English Foxhound could encounter:

The English Foxhound was first imported to America in 1738. They were bred as pack dogs to follow the scent of fox. This breed was originally meant to run long distances in a pack, so they need daily exercise. Due to the Foxhounds high energy and exercise needs, they are not well-suited for apartment living. 

Early training is important due to their pack instincts. They get along well with other dogs and children, but may be reserved with strangers. English Foxhounds have an average lifespan of 10-13 years.

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

• General reluctance to run or play

• Dull coat, hair loss, sluggish, weight gain

• Easily startled, no reaction to unseen sounds

  • Care

    Routine Care: English Foxhounds are not well suited for apartment living; they require daily exercise and room to run. They are high energy hunting dogs, so a fenced yard and leashed walks are a must.

    Grooming: Brush their coat at least weekly.

    Dental: English 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

    English Foxhounds were not bred to be a family pet, but rather an avid hunter. They thrive as part of a pack.

    Positive Traits:

    • Highly active and eager to have a purpose

    • Excellent hunting dog

    • Good with children and other pets

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

    • Requires minimal grooming

    • Even temper and gentle disposition

    Negative Traits:

    • Needs a lot of exercise

    • Has a tendency to escape, wander, and roam

    • Standoffish toward strangers

    • Willful and stubborn  if not socialized properly




  • Health Concerns

    Whether you are considering adding a new English 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 English 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 English 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're counting on you to be their health expert. 

    Some health issues an English Foxhound could encounter:

  • History

    The English Foxhound was first imported to America in 1738. They were bred as pack dogs to follow the scent of fox. This breed was originally meant to run long distances in a pack, so they need daily exercise. Due to the Foxhounds high energy and exercise needs, they are not well-suited for apartment living. 

    Early training is important due to their pack instincts. They get along well with other dogs and children, but may be reserved with strangers. English Foxhounds have an average lifespan of 10-13 years.

  • Watch Out For

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

    • General reluctance to run or play

    • Dull coat, hair loss, sluggish, weight gain

    • Easily startled, no reaction to unseen sounds

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