American Foxhound Training and Temperament
The American Foxhound is affectionate and gentle at home, but a resolute and dedicated hunter in the field. They are great with children. They get along well with other canines because of their pack background. Not to be trusted with other pets.
They can be difficult to housebreak and will take off after an interesting scent if given half a chance. They like to bay and have a bark that is appreciated by their fanciers more than neighbors.
As with all dogs, American Foxhound training should be started as a puppy. To prevent behavioral problems later in life, training should follow a recognized training regime.
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The American Foxhound was built for the chase, evident in it’s athletic and classic build.
The History Of The American Foxhound
The American Foxhound is also known as the Virginia Hound. They originated in USA during the 18th century.
The roots of American Foxhounds can be traced back to the hounds owned by Robert Brooke in the 1650's. He brought English Foxhounds with him from England and selectively bred them to be more suitable for hunting in the terrain of Maryland and Virginia. Later breeders added strains of other English, French and Irish hounds. This resulted in a lighter boned hound with a keener sense of smell than its English counterparts.
The American Foxhound is considered a hound of the south eastern States where fox hunting was considered very much a gentleman's sport.
Description Of The American Foxhound
The hanging ears are not altered and the tail (rudder) is carried erect with a slight curve and not altered.
The breed averages 21- 25 inches (at shoulder) and weighs between 65 - 75 pounds.
Coat & Grooming
The coat is short and harsh to the touch. Any of the hound colors are acceptable Most commonly seen are black, tan and white tricolors or piebald marking of tan or lemon on a white background. The smooth, short haired coat is easy to groom. Comb and brush with a firm bristle brush and shampoo only when necessary. This breed is an average shedder.
The American Foxhound has been developed by its breeders to be lighter and taller than it’s English cousin and to have a keener sense of smell. It is also faster in the chase.
The ears are wide, flat to the head and its tail is carried jauntily with an upward curve.
Life Expectancy and Health
The average life span for a American Foxhound is around 10-12 years.
Reported health problems are hip dysplasia. A blood disease peculiar to this breed which can be fatal. Some genetic deafness. Generally a fairly healthy breed and free of many genetic diseases such as hip and bone problems, which plague other large breeds. Do not overfeed as they have a tendency to put on weight.
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Preferred Environment and Exercise Requirements
American Foxhounds are not recommended for apartment life. They are very active indoors and thrive with fields to roam.
The American Foxhound needs a lot of exercise or become bored and destructive.
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American foxhounds exhibit two unique traits in the field. They do not give tongue on the fox's trail unless they are taking the lead or challenging the lead hound. They also have an uncanny homing ability.
The largest ever recorded litter reported in The Guinness Book of Records is an American Foxhound ... "Lena" produced 23 healthy pups in one litter!
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