The archetypal hunting hound. A heavier boned version of the American Foxhound which it predates by a considerable period.
The History Of The English Foxhound
The English Foxhound originated in England during the 1700's.
It was developed by a mixing of various hounds, including subsequently, the Greyhound, the Bulldog, and Fox Terrier. From the cross breeding was developed its acceleration during the chase and its undoubted passion for the hunt.
The British Masters Of Foxhounds has kept meticulous studbooks of the breed since 1800. Used in packs to hunt fox with the hunters on horseback. The Foxhound has prodigious stamina and can run at a steady pace for hours at a time.
Description Of The English Foxhound
The tail (called a rudder) is carried low and not altered. Ears hang and the tip rounded to prevent tearing when traveling through hedges and coarse undergrowth.
The English Foxhound is an elegant, clean-cut, athletic hound, with a long muzzle and wide skull. The neck is long and the hindquarters very strong. Its large eyes have a sweet expression. The ears lay flat to the head.
Legs are straight with round feet. The large brown eyes a gentle expression.
Dogs average around 22 - 25 inches tall and bitches 21 - 24 inches. They weigh around 65 - 70 pounds.
Coat & Grooming
The thick coat is short and hard. Colors usually black, white and tan. The coat is easy to care for. Brush with a firm bristle brush and shampoo only when necessary. They are average shedders.
A fearless, tireless and passionate fox hunter. Always responsive and obedient to their master. Training requires patience. Friendly with people, excellent with children. Bred primarily as a pack dog, they prefer the company of other dogs. They are usually quite tolerant of other animals.
The English Foxhound bays rather than barks. They run for hours at a consistent speed through all terrain’s.
Life Expectancy and Health
The average life of these dogs is up to 10 years.
Reported health problems: generally a very healthy breed with no serious genetic faults reported. Should not be allowed to get overweight and checked for hip dysplasia.
Preferred Environment and Exercise Requirements
Not recommended for apartment life as they are very active indoors and needs a lot of daily running to be happy. Can become destructive if confined. They may well run after after any interesting scent and should not be off its leash unless in a safe area.
For More Information on the English Foxhound
To get more information, check out the English Foxhound contact:
English Foxhound Club of America
Corresponding Secretary : John Wickline
9901 Howes Rd.
Dunkirk, MD , 20754.
There may also be rescue dogs available. Check for details on:
Not a typical house dog and needs a serious and knowledgeable keeper.
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