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The English Foxhound is a medium-sized dog
with a powerful build. The skull is wide,
muzzle and neck both long. The ears hang low
next to the cheeks. The brow is well-defined
and the brown eyes have a sweet, gentle expression.
English Foxhounds are friendly and active
with a reputation of being bold and passionate
The Masters of Foxhounds Association's well
documented records make these dogs the longest
pedigreed breed. Their published stud books
indicate the English Foxhound's roots date
back before 1800 in Great Britain.
The English Foxhound has always been in used
in packs for fox hunting on horseback - the
English fashion of riding to hounds. It is
believed this breed was developed by crossing
with other hounds and then with the Greyhound,
the Bulldog, and the Fox Terrier. English
Foxhounds have a very keen sense of smell
and stamina to run along with horses for hours.
The exact date of when English Foxhounds were
imported to America is not known. And while
entries in the English Foxhound Stud Book
of America date back to 1890, there are also
records which indicate this breed was imported
much earlier - perhaps twenty years before
that time. The first English Foxhound registered
by the AKC in 1909 was named 'Auditor'.
The height of a English Foxhound is 21 to
25 in. (53.3–63.5 cm)
Weight: The weigh to a English
Foxhound is 60 to 70 lb (27.2–31.8 kg)
Coat Type: The
English Foxhound's coat is short, dense, hard,
and glossy. Grooming is easily done by an
occasional brushing, combing and shampoo only
when necessary. The English Foxhound is an
Color: The color of English
Foxhound's coat is generally unimportant -
that is as long as it is considered to be
an appropriate “hound color.”
Common hound colors are black, tan and white
or any combination of these three. Also yellow
Temperament: The English Foxhound
is a gentle, friendly and active dog which
does best in a country living environment
where it is free to roam. Because of its history
of working in packs, these dogs get along
with other pets, especially horses. They are
also good with children. Training the English
Foxhound takes patience. English Foxhounds
likes to bay.
Health Problems: The English
Foxhound is generally a healthy breed. On
occasion, these health issues are seen: renal
disease, chronic hip dysplasia and epilepsy.
The average life span of a English Foxhound
is 10 -13 years.
• The English Foxhound
the longest pedigreed breed.
The English Foxhound was recognized by the
American Kennel Club in 1909.
AKC: Hound Group
ANKC: Group 4 - Hounds
FCI: Group 6 Section 1- Scenthounds
KC: Hound Group