American Foxhound

This breed descended from English hounds imported to America in the 17th and 18th centuries. Over the years, an American type of hound evolved, with varying characteristics depending on whether it was used in competitive field trials, fox hunting, on trails or in packs. A pet foxhound should be trained and socialized at an early age. The medium-size foxhound is best suited to a rural or suburban home with plenty of room. Hounds have high activity levels, and the American Foxhound is no exception. Expect to give this breed a couple of hours of exercise every day. Its bell-like voice will welcome you home and alert you to approaching visitors, so it makes a good watchdog. Weekly brushing will make its short, hard coat shine. The coat sheds, but not excessively. Like all scenthounds, the foxhound is born to follow its nose, so a securely fenced yard and walks on leash are musts.

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Breed Details

Country of Origin:
Large Dog Breed
White, black and tan.

Medium-length, close-lying, hard coat. Average shedding.


Brush weekly.

Life Expectancy:
12 to 13 years
AKC Group:
Hound Group
UKC Group:
21 to 25 inches at the shoulder
60 to 75 pounds.
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