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American Foxhound: Characteristics, Grooming, Health, Training (Foxhound)

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About American Foxhound

Country of Origin, History of American Foxhounds

This marvelous Foxhound is directly descended from English hounds brought to America in 1650 and bred over a century later to a French hound sent as a gift by Lafayette to George Washington. The two breeds, French and English, in combination have produced the American Foxhound.

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Description of the Dog

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, flat to the head and its tail is carried cheerfully with a slight upward curve, like a sickle. The coat is short, hard and harsh and comes in black, tan and white tricolors or piebald marking of tan or lemon on a white background.

Height: 21-25 inches (53-64cm)

Weight: 65-75 pounds (29-34kg)

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American Foxhound Personality Traits

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The Spanish Water Dog is an extremely intelligent, fearless, ever-active, strong, attentive, happy and well balanced versatile working dog with strong herding, hunting and guardian instincts. It is a devoted companion. It is reserved, not shy, with strangers. They can be protective and territorial.

Are they suited to families with kids?

Most of them are good with children and other animals if properly socialized.

American Foxhound Activity Level

The American Foxhound needs a great deal of exercise or he can become restless and destructive. They need to be taken on a long daily walk at least once a day, however two or three times is ideal. It can run for miles without getting exhausted. This breed can be difficult to housebreak.


The smooth, short-haired coat of this average shedder is easy to groom. It should be combed and brushed with a firm bristle brush, and shampooed only when necessary.

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Health and Care

A minor health risk in American Foxhounds is thrombocytopathy, or platelet disease. While dysplasia was largely unknown in Foxhounds, it is beginning to crop up occasionally, along with some eye issues. Overfeeding these dogs can easily cause them to gain weight.

National Breed Clubs

Life Expectancy: 11-13 years.

Breed Club: American Fox Hound Club Inc.

Rescue Link: Fox Hound Rescue

Group: Hound Group.

AKC Popularity Ranking: 186

Also Known As: Virginia Hound

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