What do you get when you cross hounds imported from England to Maryland in 1650 and other dogs from England, France and Ireland? You get me – the all American Foxhound! Once the red fox was introduced into the U.S. from Ireland, we needed faster hounds – and that’s where we, the modern day Foxhound, came in. We’re fast and agile. We come in several varieties including Walker, Goodman, Trigg, July and Penn-Marydel. As of today, we are also the state dog of Virginia. However, we’re also the rarest breed in the American Kennel Club, so catch us before we become a cliché!
What do I look like?
We look a lot like our English cousins but are typically taller and rangier. You’ll find our skull to be fairly long and domed. Our eyes must be brown and wear a gentle expression. Our ears are quite long and low-set. We’ve got strongly boned legs that terminate in short feet. We come in a range of colours although tri-colour (black, white and tan) is perhaps most common.
What do I need from you?
We’re an active breed with loads of energy, so exercise and a good sized garden are kind of essential. If we have to live in a city then I may need a few walks daily. I was bred to follow a scent and you’ll never totally take that out of me. Obedience training will help but it’ll require patience and skill because we’re also independent and stubborn! My advice is not to trust us off a lead – one good scent and we’re off, no matter how loud you call us.
What I will give in return
We’ll give a lot but one thing you might not be expecting to get is one of the most unusual barks you’ll ever hear – it’s kind of musical and is a joy to behold. Not everyone in the urban sprawl thinks so, however, so you’ll mainly find us out in the sticks. In the main, we’re gentle, easygoing, and adore children and other animals. We can be a little bit reserved around strangers though. Oh and we don’t make the best guard dogs – we’re in the business of sniffing not watching.
How big will I get?
We range quite a bit – the standard size is around 22in-25in (57cm-64cm) and weighing anywhere between 60lb-75lb (28kg-34kg). However it’s not unusual to find an American Foxhound as tall as 29in (74cm).
How long should I be around for?
Lifespan of an American Foxhound is typically 10-12 years.
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