Breed Type: Hound
Country of Origin: Britain
Also known as: Foxhounds
Males: Height: 61-66 cm Weight: 29-34 kg
Females: Height: 56-61 cm Weight: 27-31 kg
Exercise Requirements: Vigorous
Care Requirements: Moderate
Lifespan: 9-11 Years
Best Suited as: Active, Multi-Dog Family Companion, Hunter
As indicated by their name, English Foxhounds originated in Britain and are a type of terrier but with a thicker build than American terriers. They are very active dogs who not only prefer, but also require plenty of exercise in order for them to maintain their social and loving nature. They much prefer living in a “pack” of both humans and other dogs so it is not well suited for an only-pet, no children household. Foxhounds have an instinctive drive for hunting small game so family pets in the home should only be dogs around the same size or larger than the Foxhound. Small cats, and other common pets are not reliably safe from their hunting instinct in the home so should be avoided. Foxhounds are a medium-sized breed that are easily groomed although the natural characteristics of their ears make ear care more important than with many other dogs.
Foxhounds are pretty dogs with a short, multi-colored coat of hair. The colors can be the main three of white, brown, and black but it is common to also have other colors mixed in. They have the stereotypical hound appearance although smaller than its larger hound counterparts. They are well-muscled and clearly athletic as evidenced by their exercise requirements. Their tails are usually up and waving indicating an alert mental status. Their large eyes show high intelligence as well as gentleness in nature.
Foxhounds are happy and friendly by nature – as long as they are getting plenty of exercise. Their exercise levels directly relate to their temperament and moods. If they do not get enough exercise and physical activity, they tend to withdraw and become neurotic and anxious. But a Foxhound that gets plenty of exercise is usually even-tempered, happy, content, and quite willing to obey. Friendly and agreeable with similar sized or larger dogs as well as humans, small animals trigger their hunting instincts easily – especially if they try to run from a Foxhound.
While only documented since the 1800’s, English Foxhounds can be traced back to at least the 1500’s if not further. They were bred for hunting foxes which were considered vermin during those days and hunted ferociously. Foxhounds have a keen sense of smell that allows them to easily find a trail while hunting and eagerly follow it, leading the way for the hunters on horseback behind. The Foxhounds are thought to be a result of crossbreeding between Southern Hounds and Greyhounds and careful breeding continued in order to develop the English Foxhounds we have today that are fast and extremely skilled in tracking. They were capable of tracking and hunting other game but their primary interest was focused on hunting foxes. They were specifically bred for endurance and stamina and easily kept up and usually ahead of hunters on horseback.
Care and Grooming:
The need for exercise in the care of Foxhounds cannot be over-emphasized. Their enjoyable personalities are only at their best if they get plenty of daily exercise. Because their ears naturally fold over, they are prone to ear infections and should be checked frequently. Regular grooming needs are low although they lightly shed throughout the year which is best managed by weekly brushing. They only need bathing occasionally when they either appear to be dirty or have an unpleasant odor. Their nails should be trimmed about once a month if there isn’t enough outdoor exercise to wear down the nails sufficiently. Dental care is helpful in avoiding bad breath and tarter buildup so once a week brushing is recommended if not more often.
English Foxhounds are extremely healthy dogs to have with little intervention-type healthcare necessary. They have a slight tendency for kidney problems, epilepsy, and hip issues so just keep an eye out for those developments but they do not show up very often.
Suitability as a Pet:
Foxhounds make great family pets as long as the household is considerably active and there are not smaller pets in the home. They are great with kids and adults both and enjoy having other dogs as home companions as well. In fact, having companion dogs for your Foxhound is preferable if he is to spend any amount of time home alone. Having dogs to play with while the family is gone can help keep them busy until their owners get back home, but only to a point. If not given extensive daily exercise they get bored and sullen – especially when left alone so if you want to keep your furniture safe, make sure your Foxhound gets plenty of exercise and has canine companions if left home alone.
English Foxhounds are pretty easy to train for the most part as are their other hound counterparts. However they have significantly shorter attention spans so focused training sessions should be in just short bursts of time. They do have a tendency to exhibit avoidant behavior or outright disobedience and stubbornness if treated harshly so calm, patient, and gentle but assertive authority is a must while training Foxhounds. If training begins with an established authority through patience and calm methods, they are fairly simply to train and become obedient dogs, eager to learn more – especially if it involves any kind of exercise or physical activity. One drawback for Foxhounds is reasonable to expect since it is part of the hound dog breed – they have a tendency for howling and baying at the moon at night but also howls during the day. This is further developed when left alone and it is a difficult trait to train out of a Foxhound and might just be impossible to do so with many of them. That gives another reason why these dogs best belong in the country because city neighbors do not appreciate the noise that can come from a Foxhound.
English Foxhound Organisations in Australia
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English Foxhound Organisations in the USA
American Kennel Club – English Foxhound
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