Breed Organization American Foxhound Club Website: http://www.americanfoxhoundclub.org Native Country United States Of America Other Names N/A Life Expectancy Approximately 10-12 Years Litter Size Average 5-7 Puppies Breed Group AKC Hound
Breed Appearance While similar to its English cousin, the American Foxhound has been developed by its breeders to be lighter and taller, to
have a keener sense of smell, and to be even faster in the chase. A large, handsome hound, its front legs are long and very straight-boned. The head
is long with a slightly domed, large skull. The ears are broad and pendant, framing the face. The eyes are large and wide-set, either brown or hazel,
with a sweet, imploring expression. The ears are wide and flat to the head. The tail is set moderately high with a slight upward curve, but is not turned
forward over the back. The short, hard coat may be any color.
Breed Description Head: Fairly long. Broad, slightly domed skull. Moderate
stop. Straight, square muzzle. Ears: Long, thin, fairly wide, hanging close to the head. Eyes: Large, well-spaced. Brown or hazel. Body: Long. Neck open, back without dewlap. Chest deep and
narrower than in the English Foxhound. Well-sprung ribs. Tail: Carried gaily, slightly curved but not hanging over the
back. Slight brush. Hair: Medium in length, dense, harsh. Coat: All colors are tolerated. Size: Dog: 56 to 64 cm (22-25 in).Bitch: 53.3 to 61 cm (21-24
in). Weight: Approx. 30 kg (66 lb).
History English Foxhounds were imported to the United States around 1650 by
the British breeder R. Brooke. The breed was crossed with English,
French, and Irish hounds. American Foxhounds, probably the oldest
American hounds, come in many varieties and hunt foxes and large
game. Recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1894, the breed is
not very common.
Behavior The American Foxhound is a very sweet, loving, affectionate, and kind breed. However, when it comes to the
hunt they are brave and daring. They get along very well with children and love their human families dearly. However, they do tend
not to like any other animals besides dogs, the pact instinct. The American Foxhound will be perfectly content with all kinds of other dogs but
may be a bit aggressive with other pets you may have.
The American Foxhound is normally very friendly even with strangers however;
some may also be very protective over family members.
Health American Foxhounds do have a tendency to overeat if the food is accessible, be sure not to overeat, as they will become overweight.
Advice The American Foxhound is not recommended to live indoors especially in apartments. He is an outdoor breed that loves hunting anything when
he gets a whiff of their scent. Even outdoors, he can be quite hard to handle if he smells a deer, a squirrel, or in some cases a cat. He will do everything in
his power to find the prey. They are not dumb, a matter of fact they are very intelligent and can jump over high fences and even unlock gates when on a hunt. Leaving
an American Foxhound indoors can be a huge mistake as they become bored quickly and then will become very mischievous. He will need a large area to romp and play.
Function The American Foxhound is still primarily a hunting and field trial dog in both packs and alone, though he has also had
success as a companion dog for those owners who provide enough exercise and activities. Its talents are hunting, tracking, watchdog and agility. The American
Foxhound is somewhat faster and a little leaner than the English Foxhound.