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American Foxhound

 

American Foxhounds were a fixture in the southern colonies: these dogs lived in Maryland and Virginia as far back as the early 18th century. The breed is native to America; in fact, it's one of the nation's rarest native breeds. Born to hunt, these high-energy dogs run 'til they drop, become rowdy when bored, and sing with a voice only a mother could love.

This large breed can grow to between 60 and 70 pounds and live 11-13 years. The breed is recognized by the American Kennel Club and classified as a member of the Hound group.

 

AKC RecognizedY
Breed's original pastimeHunting
OriginUSA
Breed groupHound
Average lifespan11-13 years
SizeLarge
Bark factorModerate
AKC Ranking148
FamilyScenthound
Date of origin 1600s
Original function Trailing fox
Today's functionTrailing fox
Average size of maleHeight: 22-25 Weight: 40-65
Average size of femaleHeight: 21-24 Weight: 40-65

 

Other name None
Energy level High energy
Exercise needs High
Playfullness Moderately playful
Affection level Moderately affectionate
Friendliness toward other dogs Friendly
Friendliness toward other pets Friendly
Friendliness toward strangersFriendly
Ease of training Easy to train
Watchdog ability High
Protection ability Not very protective
Grooming needs High maintenance
Cold tolerance Low tolerance
Heat tolerance Medium tolerance

BEHAVIOR & TRAINING

WHAT IS AN AMERICAN FOXHOUND'S PERSONALITY LIKE?

A well-exercised American Foxhound has a lovely temperament and is relatively laid-back, though some can have a stubborn streak. This breed is almost everyone's best buddy: they get along swimmingly with other dogs, other pets (even some cats!), and children, though some are wary of strangers. American Foxhounds are not usually very affectionate, but they're easygoing housemates when their exercise needs are met.

WHAT IS AMERICAN FOXHOUND BEHAVIOR LIKE?

American Foxhounds are fairly playful dogs and very vigilant though not particularly protective. They're somewhat prone to barking, or, to be more accurate, baying.

HOW EASY IS IT TO TRAIN AN AMERICAN FOXHOUND?

The American Foxhound is a somewhat biddable dog, reasonably smart, and easily trained. Start early and be consistent—you'll need to manage this dog's tunnel vision when it sights prey.

 

CARE & HEALTH

HOW MUCH DO AMERICAN FOXHOUNDS SHED AND WHAT ARE THEIR GROOMING NEEDS?

Dog coats don't get much more low maintenance than this—American Foxhound's short hair doesn't shed much at all, so they can get by with only occasional trips to the groomers. Keep those adorable floppy ears clean — it's dark and moist under there, which can cultivate bacteria that can cause ear infections.

WHAT HEALTH PROBLEMS DO AMERICAN FOXHOUNDS HAVE?

By and large, this is a hardy and healthy breed. As noted above, those low-dragging ears can be prone to bacterial infection. Some suffer from thrombocytopathy, which can cause minor scrapes to bleed excessively. American Foxhounds can sometimes develop hip dysplasia.

Feeding your baby American Foxhound a growth food for large-breed puppies may slow their rate of growth but not diminish their adult stature which may help prevent or reduce the impact of adult-onset hip dysplasia

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