In 1650, Robert Brooke traveled from England to America with his hunting dogs – the ancestors of the American Hounds. These dogs were later crossed with the French hounds to create the first American Foxhound puppies. In the beginning there were rumors that the new breed was used for hunting Indians, but this was not the case. These dogs were bred to pursue foxes, deer and coyotes but over time they became good friends and guardians. With the appearance of the red fox, Irish Foxhounds were crossed with the American Foxhound to increase the speed of the dog.
There are a lot of different strains of American Foxhound, like Walker, Calhoun, Goodman, Trigg, July and Penn-Marydel. Most of the show dogs are Walkers and the hunting hounds are Penn-Marydel.
The American Foxhounds have a rich past and were first registered in the AKC in 1886.
Its height reaches between 53 and 63 cm and its weight varies between 29 and 34 kg. The head is large with brown or hazel eyes. The ears are large and slack, the coat is short and dense. The patterns can be in different colors, but mostly black, white and tan.
Character and behavior
American foxhound dog has a good temperament and in most cases is a great companion and pet. He is energetic by nature and loyal friend.
American foxhound is very playful pupy, curious, loyal and independent dog. Strongly attached to its owner, likes to get a lot of attention and is a very nice companion.
Training and education
Although the American Foxhound loves people, he can be very immature and playful, even when he grows up, which makes his training difficult. His independence and disobedience can also hinder the process. If you don't pay enough attention to the puppy, he could be bored and become unruly. The American foxhound is an excellent choice for those who want a dog that enjoys exercise, walking and jogging with his master. The breed is perfect for people with experience in growing dogs.
The average life expectancy of the American Foxhound is around 10-12 years.
This dog is prone to obesity, but his overall health is good. There are some issues related to blood circulation, deafness, spinal problems and hip problems. In USA the parents of the American Foxhound puppies for sale should have OFA certificates.
Grooming and care
The coat of the American Foxhound is very short and smooth and can be black, tan and white, red and white or lemon and white. Its height is about 53 to 63.5 cm and weighs about 27-41 kg.
The hair of the American Foxhound doesn't fall a lot and its maintenance requirements are not high.
This breed needs a lot of movement and exercises, so it is not a good idea to raise the American Foxhound in an apartment.
Children and other pets
The American Foxhound puppies love children. Their owners should know that they are very curious dogs who enjoy the companionship of both people and other dogs.
When it comes to smaller animals though, the American Foxhound can be a little aggressive and chase them down.
George Washington received French Foxhounds from the line Grand Bleu de Gascogne, (which look much like an American Bluetick Coonhound) as a gift from the Marquis de Lafayette.
They became one of the favorite dogs of George Washington and later the American Foxhound was declared officially dog of Virginia.
This dog is very popular for its loud musical howl, which is the reason this breed is not suitable for towns and densely populated areas.