Group: Hound Group
Origin: United States
Height: 22 to 25 inches
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The American Foxhound dates back to the early 1700’s in Virginia and Maryland. He is an ideal choice for those who live in rural areas or on farms. He is very mild tempered and easy going, yet stubborn and independent. He is also tolerant, amiable and a gentle dog. He is first and foremost a hunter, always ready to hit the trail. The Foxhound has a keen nose and a remarkable talent to instinctively bark on the fox’s trail. He is exceptionally athletic and always willing to work.
If the Foxhound is bred and raised in a home, he generally makes a wonderful companion dog. For those who are raised in a pack, outdoors, and/or as hunters, they can adapt to a new home environment, however, it will take some time to adjust.
Since Foxhounds hunt in packs, they generally get along very well with other dogs. However, if you are adopting a retired Foxhound who comes from a background of live hunting (rather than drag hunting), he may have a high prey drive whereby other pets may be at risk around him. Because of their mild manners and easy going attitude, they are known to be very good with children.
Generally a very healthy breed, the Foxhound’s average life span is 11-13 years. However, if you are considering the adoption of an American Foxhound puppy, or any breed, it is very important to be selective in choosing a responsible and reputable breeder. Ensure that the prospective puppy’s parents have all health clearances. Breeding of any dog should not be done until after they have been proven to be free of evidence of significant hereditary diseases. (For more information on selecting a breeder, see the articles on the General Information page.)
Additional Health Resources:
- Health and Nutrition — This section of the Canada’s Guide to Dogs website includes information on several health and nutrition related issues.
- Canine Health Information Center (CHIC) — Providing a source of health information for owners, breeders, and scientists that will assist in breeding healthy dogs. CHIC is a centralized canine health database jointly sponsored by the AKC/Canine Health Foundation (AKC/CHF) and the Orthopedic Foundation for Animals (OFA).
- AKC Canine Health Foundation — Working towards developing scientific advances in canine health.
- Orthopedic Foundation for Animals (OFA)
- Ontario Veterinary College (OVC)
- University of Pennsylvania Hip Improvement Program (PennHip)
- HealthGene — HealthGene Corporation is the leading provider of veterinary DNA diagnostic services in Canada.
- Labgenvet — Laboratory of Veterinary Genetics is a Canadian diagnostic laboratory that offers a comprehensive service of DNA tests for veterinary genetic diseases.
- Grooming — This section of the Canada’s Guide to Dogs website includes tips, articles and information covering all aspects of dog grooming along with a listing of Groomers from across Canada.
- Training — For training information, see this section of the Canada’s Guide to Dogs website for tips, articles, as well as listings of training centres across Canada.
- About Foxhunting — Foxhunting is the sport of horse riders chasing wild quarry with a pack of hounds. From the MFHA.
- Clubs, Sports & Activities — For information on the many sports and activities you can get involved in with your dog.
- Working Dogs — The Working Dogs section of the Canada’s Guide to Dogs website provides information and listings of organizations that are involved in various dog jobs, such as Guide Dogs, Therapy Dogs, Police Dogs, Protection Dogs, and much more.