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English Foxhound

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English Foxhound

The English Foxhound is very similar to the American Foxhound and the two are often mistaken for one another. The English Foxhound's coat is generally short, dense and coarse with black, tan and white coloring and a glossy sheen. The wide skull should have a pronounced brow and a long muzzle. The long nose should be wide and have open nostrils. The large eyes are brown and the low set, pendant ears lie close to the cheeks. The teeth should meet squarely. The long neck should be slightly convex as well as taper from the shoulders to the neck. The neck flows into muscular, well sloped shoulders. The deep chest should be well-sprung and the topline level. The legs should be straight and the feet round. The tail is held above the back and is slightly curved.

Temperament English Foxhounds are friendly, active, bold, and passionate dogs. They enjoy being around people; however, they prefer the company of other dogs. They are generally reserved with strangers but excellent with children and other household or farm animals. They are generally stockier and slower than their American counterparts, but have similar personalities. They love being active and will run at a consistent speed for up to 5 or 6 hours without stopping.
Height, Weight Male Height: 22-25" ; Weight: 65-70 lbs.
Female Height: 21-24" ; Weight: 65-70 lbs.
Health Problems This breed is very hardy and not prone to many health problems.
Living Conditions It is not recommended to keep an English Foxhound in an apartment. They do best with an average size yard.
Exercise This breed needs daily vigorous exercise. They can become bored and restless. They can run for hours and hours. Keep them on a leash as they may take off after an interesting scent.
Life Expectancy Less than 10 years
Grooming This breed is easy to groom with brushing and occasional shampooing. They are average shedders.
Origin English Foxhounds were created in the 1500s during the reign of Henry VIII. Deer hunting had been a popular sport among English nobleman and royals. Breeds such as the Deerhound and the Staghound had been used for this purpose. However, when a perceived depletion of deer was identified, a new prey was chosen to hunt, the fox. The English Foxhound was developed from a cross of Greyhound, Fox Terrier and English Bulldog. They are usually used in packs with hunters on horseback to pursue foxes. The British Masters of Foxhounds Association has kept the stud books for this breed since the early 1800s. This breed has a keen sense of smell, an ardent tenacity for the hunt and immense stamina. They are recognized by both the AKC and the UKC.
Group AKC Hound, UKC Scenthound