Foxhound

Foxhound

Dog Facts

Type:
Hound
Energy:
High
Exercise Requirement:
High
Affection Level:
Moderate
Protection:
Not very protective
Size:
Medium - large
Grooming Maintenance:
Low
Temperature Preference:
Warm
Typical Lifespan:
10-13 years

About the Foxhound Breed

There are two main types of Foxhound, the English and the American. The American Foxhound is slighter and has a higher leg, with a higher arch to its body. This gives it better speed and agility when running over rough terrain after game. On the other hand, the English Foxhound has a better stamina, and has a deeper voice which is often prized during fox hunts.

The Foxhound is generally coloured black, tan and white, and have folded, round ears and a friendly face. It's fur is short to medium in length, and can be quite stiff.

Not a city dog, the hunting instinct in these dogs is never far from the surface, and if it gets a scent it will want to follow it, heedless of commands. Furthermore, it needs regular exercise.

The breed dates back as far as 1650, when hunting was a great sport of the upper classes in England. It has one of the longest pedigree lines of all the breeds, due to its importance to bourgeois entertainment. Seeing as fox breeding is outlawed in the UK and becoming rarer across the globe, this dog is no longer used for its original purpose as much as it was. However, it can make a surprisingly well-mannered house dog, if kept exercised, and it can form a strong bond with its owner.

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