Breed Organization English Foxhound Club of America Website:
English Foxhound Club of America Native Country Great Britain Other Names Foxhound Life Expectancy Approximately 10-12 Years Litter Size Average 5-7 Puppies Breed Group AKC - Hound
Breed Appearance The English Foxhound is a solid, well-built
animal with lots of stamina, an essential ingredient in its
development. They are stouter and slower than their cousin, the
American Foxhound. English Foxhounds are almost entirely used for
hunting as they can work for several hours without a break on a
variety of terrains. They were bred for speed, enthusiasm, and a
good voice for calling to their masters. Thusly, their bark is
recognizable from far away. English Foxhounds have excellent
endurance, and are able to run for an incredibly long amount of
time. They are friendly and kind towards humans, and are especially
good around kids. They are not easily trainable, however, and should
begin at an early age. They are very enthusiastic about hunting, and
will not be called off if they follow a "hot" scent. They have a
strong prey drive, and will attempt to hunt anything the size and
likeness of a fox. They get along well with other dogs, as they are
raised in packs that work together to find prey. They have a solid
voice and good attention span. English Foxhounds are lively, strong
and noisy. Their pack skills allow them to adapt easily to following
a "pack leader", or owner. They enjoy the company of humans, and
with training and exercise, can become an excellent family pet.
Breed Description Head: Well-developed, with a broad
skull. Slight stop. Muzzle relatively long. Ears: Set-on high. Medium, wide, hanging flat. Eyes: Round, brown. Body: Built for speed and endurance. Neck long but not thick.
Shoulders not heavy. Deep chest and rounded ribs. Well-muscled
hindquarters. Tail: Long, curving slightly inward. Hair: Short, dense, hard, glossy. Coat: Tricolor: white and fawn with a black mantle. - Bicolor:
white and orangish-fawn. Size: Dog: 56 to 63 cm (23-25 in).Bitch: 53 to 61 cm (21-24
in). Weight: 30 to 35 kg.
History The English Foxhound was created in the late
16th century, as a result of the perception of the depletion of deer
in England. Nobles and Royalty had hunted deer for both food and
sport, using the Deerhound or Staghound for this purpose. During the
reign of Henry VIII, it was perceived that a new prey was needed,
and the fox was selected. The English Foxhound was then created by a
careful mixing of the Greyhound, for speed, the Fox Terrier, for
hunting instinct, and the Bulldog, for tenacity in the hunt.
During the British Raj, English Foxhounds were imported to India for
the purpose of jackal coursing, though due to the comparatively
hotter weather, they were rarely long lived. Foxhounds were
preferred for this purpose over greyhounds, as the former was not as
fast, and could thus provide a longer, more sporting chase.
Studbooks for the English foxhound have been kept since the 18th
century. Breeding lines and the work of people involved in breeding
hounds is extremely important in the continual development of this
working breed. Puppy shows are important events in the hunting
calendar and allow the local hunt followers and visiting hound
breeders to examine the latest generation from the hound pack.
The hounds were meant to trail foxes and live around horses. They
are still used for those purposes.
Behavior This robust, courageous, tireless, speedy dog
with a fighting spirit can cover 6.5 km in 8 minutes and maintain a
swift gallop for hours on end. With a relatively weak nose and
voice, the English Foxhound always stays in sight of his quarry. His
unique specialty in England is fox, but in France he hunts wild boar
and deer. He is very skilled in the water. He is not really a
companion dog. He needs a firm owner he can accept as the leader of
Health No serious genetic faults. The English Foxhound
is a rather healthy breed.
Advice For a pack of dogs in the country, kennel life
is best. Apartment life is not ideal. The English Foxhound does not
like to be alone or idle. He requires regular brushing.