American Canine Association

Breeds

Breed Name: English Foxhound


History

Many may be surprised to know that the English Foxhound was developed in the 1950's by crossing different hound bloodlines with the Bulldog, Greyhound and Fox Terrier bloodlines. This breed was used to hunt foxes and was used to hunting in packs with other English Foxhounds alongside of their owners, typically on horseback. Today, there are still fox hunts that take place reenacting these from history, as well as the English Foxhounds being companions, watchdogs and dogs of tracking and obedience competitions.

Appearance

The English Foxhound is a large breed dog that is built long, tall and lean. Males and females generally measure 21-25 inches in height and weigh 65-70 pounds in weight. This breed has a wedge shaped head that is rounded off on top, forming into a rectangular muzzle and scissor bite. Their two, extra large ears are pendant shaped and fall gently alongside of their face. The English Foxhound has two, large round eyes available in a light hazel to black in color. Their tail is long, thin and carried very tall. Their four legs are tall and thin. They have a single layer, short hair coat that is tight to their skin and available in tricolor of black, tan and white or bi color combination of any of these three colors.

Temperament

The English Foxhound truly requires an active, knowledgeable, consistent owner who is confident and firm with rules and boundaries within the home; providing proper mental and physical daily exercise and only using positive reinforcement training methods. This breed is very loving, loyal, affectionate and friendly with humans. However, the English Foxhound still has many natural instincts and we do not recommend a home with small animals or cats. This breed generally enjoys the company of other dogs, and is wonderful with children of all ages that he or she is exposed to while growing up. This breed is wonderful with training, and really does want to listen to his or her owner. This breed will not be happy and well behaved indoors if he or she is not receiving the proper amount of physical and mental exercise daily; this amount can vary per individual dog as well. This breed is a wonderful breed to add to your family if you are a hunter, active outdoors person, or someone who is able to meet this breeds needs.

Grooming

This breed requires a daily brush or wipe down and bathing when needed. This breed does shed.

Special Notes

Please note that this breed is not meant for everyone and really requires a great deal of physical and mental exercise daily to be happy. A properly fenced in yard is required for the English Foxhound to prevent them from following scent, chasing small animals or wandering and running away. Please fully educate yourself about the English Foxhound prior to adding one to your family to ensure you are able to make a life long commitment both physically and financially to your new family member. All dogs originate from wolves (Canis Lupus). Each breed of dog was originally created by mixing different breeds together in an effort to bring forth certain characteristics. Once a breeder has created acceptable “breed characteristics” within their bloodline and these “breed characteristics” have shown to be reliably reproduced in the offspring for three (3) generations, the bloodline may be upgraded from the category of “foundation stock” to “pure-bred”. The same “pure-bred” breed standards vary from different continents, countries, territories, regions, breed clubs, and canine pure-breed registries depending on the goals of their breeders. Dog DNA testing companies can have accurate results for a specific bloodline of a small colony of dogs. However, there are tens of thousands of different bloodlines in the world which have not yet been tested for marker baseline results by Dog DNA testing companies as of 2017. For this reason Dog DNA testing companies do not guarantee the 100% accuracy of their breed lineage results and will also show different marker results for the same pure-bred breed in different continents, countries, territories, regions, breed clubs, and canine pure-breed registries depending on the goals of their breeders.

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