American Foxhound

American Foxhound


Group: Hound Group

Origin: United States

Height: 22 to 25 inches

American Foxhound
Francis, an American Foxhound with
Stella the English Beagle

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Breed Profile

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.

Health Issues

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.)

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Grooming Information

  • 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 Resources

  • 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.


Additional Information

  • 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.


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