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American Foxhound Information & Dog Breed Facts

Collection of all the general dog breed info about American Foxhound so you can get to know the breed more.

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American Foxhound
OriginUnited States
Other Names
What other names does the American Foxhound have? The dog breed also known as...
Foxhound
Breed Type
What type of dog breed is it?
Purebred
AKC Group
Is American Foxhound recognized by the American Kennel Club?
Recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1886 as a Hound breed.
FCI Group
Is American Foxhound recognized by the Fédération Cynologique Internationale (FCI)?
Recognized by FCI in the Scent hounds and related breeds group, in the Scent hounds section.
Price
How much does the American Foxhound puppy cost? What is the price range of this puppy? What is the average price of this dog in the United States? Is this puppy expensive? How much should I pay for it? American Foxhound price:
$400-$600
If you choose to purchase the American Foxhound, you should know that the mentioned amount of money is an average of the collected data from breeders’ sites and puppy finder places. If you have a American Foxhound for sale, please advertise it on a reliable website to make sure the American Foxhound gets to a happy place.

American Foxhound History

The American Foxhound is considered to be the oldest of the American hound breeds. The American Foxhound is descended from the English Foxhounds that were imported to America in the 1650s during the first mass immigration of Europeans. It is thought that an English breeder, named Robert Brooke introduced the English variety to the American public first, and started to breed them overseas too.

These English Foxhounds were cross-bred with several other, mostly French hound breeds in the 18th century. Most of the American breeders were aiming to create a Foxhound that is faster, taller, and lighter than the English variety. Most of the breeding initiations were proven to be successful, moreover, the newly designed breed had a keener sense of smell, thus it better suited both to the terrain and the game of their native country. During the 1830s, the Irish Hound was also included into the breeding mixture, with the intention of increasing the speed even more.

According to some experts, the American Foxhound was the first dog breed indigenous to America, however, it is difficult to prove. Interestingly, George Washington was among the first breeders of the American Foxhound. He kept a pack of dogs at Mount Vernon and tried to enhance their abilities by breeding them with other European hounds, mostly with the English Foxhound. Marquis de Lafayette, the wealthy Frenchman, who fought in the American War of Independence was a good friend to Mr. Washington, and he is believed to have given a handful of French Foxhounds to Mr. Washington to include them into his breeding procedure. Another well-loved British practice around Mount Vernon was the traditional English foxhunt, with scores of equestrians and hounds thundering across the countryside in pursuit of foxes. Washington was believed to be a passionate fox-hunter. He bred and kept the British import dogs for the purpose of hunting. Thanks to his meticulous records, we know a lot of information about these times in the American Foxhound’s history. It was not Washington who single-handedly developed an entirely new breed, but he was the most important figure in the breed’s further development. Other famous families of America’s founding generation loved American Foxhounds, including The Jeffersons, or the Lees. Thanks to the early establishment of the breed, and the well-defined breed standard, the AKC (American Kennel Club) recognized them very early, in 1886.

Later the American Foxhound was categorized into four different variations according to their hunting abilities and working behavior; the Field Trial Hounds, the Trail Hounds, the Fox-Hunting Hounds, and the Pack Hounds. The American Foxhound quickly became a well-esteemed hunting companion for the American gentry until the Civil War. The breed got very popular across the whole country; the State of Virginia named the breed their state dog in the 1960s. Nowadays the American Foxhound is considered a relatively rare breed. The dogs today are mostly kept as family companions, but there are many who are still pursuing their original role as energetic, fast, and intelligent hunting companions.

American Foxhound General Appearance

Size
What size is this breed? How big is this dog? American Foxhound size:
Large
Weight
How much does the American Foxhound weigh? American Foxhound weight:
65-75 pounds (29-34 kg)
Avg. Weight
What is the average weight of the American Foxhound? American Foxhound average weight:
70 pounds (31.5 kg)
Height
How tall is the American Foxhound? American Foxhound height:
21-25 inches (53-64 cm)
Avg. Height
What is the average height of this fido? American Foxhound average height:
23 inches (58.5 cm)

American Foxhound Hair & Care

Coat
What type of coat does the American Foxhound have? What does this canine coat look like?
Rough
Colors
What color is the breed's coat? What color is a proper American Foxhound's coat?
WhiteTanBrownRedBlue Black
Grooming
How to groom the American Foxhound and how often?
Effortless: The American Foxhound requires minimal grooming. Seasonal flea treatment is needed, but cutting the dog's hair by a professional groomer isn't necessary. Ears and eyes should be cleaned sometimes to avoid infections. American Foxhound is one of the best choices if you don't have the time, skill or money to take care of a high maintenance dog. Highly recommended for beginners.
Shedding Level
How much do American Foxhound dogs shed? How to control, reduce and prevent the shedding of the Foxhound? American Foxhound shedding level:
American Foxhounds shed none to minimal. Having a puppy from this breed you don't have to be afraid of your couch or car covered by dog hair. American Foxhound dogs could be the best choice if you don't tolerate dog hair.

American Foxhound Characteristics

Temperament
What kind of personality does the American Foxhound have? What characteristics does the breed have?
IndependentKindLoyalIntelligentLovingSweetTempered
Intelligent Rank
How smart is the American Foxhound? Are they intelligent?
Average: American Foxhound's has average obedience intelligence. Patience is needed for teaching this breed to any tricks and commands though, but it's worth the effort. They understand and memorize new commands in 25-40 repetitions. This breed obeys for the first command 50% of the time or better.
Trainability
Are American Foxhound dogs easy to train? Do they go well on dog training?
American Foxhounds are easy to train. They find out the association between commands and actions quite quickly.
Playfulness
How playful is this breed?
The American Foxhound is a highly playful breed. Excited barking and sometimes nipping will alert you to play.
Sensitivity Level
How sensitive are they? American Foxhound sensitivity:
American Foxhounds are less sensitive than other dog breeds. They aren't receptive to their owner's emotions and handle soft punishment quite well. They don't mind an always changing daily routine, a hectic household, young children, noisy or office environment and frequent guest visits.
Affection Level
How affectionate are they?
American Foxhounds are genuinely loyal, soft and gentle, loving and affectionate dogs toward their handlers. They enjoy quality time with their owners despite the activity and considered as a great therapy dog for those in need. This breed responds strongly to their handler's emotions because they bond closely. Their happiness is your happiness.
Social Needs
How much social interaction does the Foxhound need? American Foxhound social needs:
American Foxhounds are a social breed. They enjoy being around people or other animals. This breed doesn't tolerate being left alone.
Barking
Do American Foxhound dogs bark a lot? Why does my Foxhound bark?
High: The American Foxhound is a very vocal breed. Definitely not the best choice if you prefer a quiet breed. They often enjoy barking and howling loudly. They can change their barks depending on their emotional level and what they're trying to say. Different barks could mean the same and same barks could have a different meaning. Top reasons for barking: protection, alarm, fear, boredom, attention seeking, greeting, separation anxiety, compulsive barking.
Watchdog Ability
Is American Foxhound good as a watchdog?
American Foxhounds are not the best watchdogs. They aren't very territorial and protective about their property, so they probably won't alert you if they sense something different.
Territorial
Do American Foxhound dogs have an aggressive behavior to protect their territory?
American Foxhounds can't provide protection for their territory. It's better to leave them out from the duty of protection your valuables and property.
Biting Potential
Do American Foxhound bite humans? How likely are you to get bitten from the Foxhound? What are the odds of getting bitten by a American Foxhound? Why do dog bites happen?
Low
The American Foxhound has a low chance of biting somebody. Top reasons for dog bite: protection, pain, excitement, herding instinct, being provoked. (Data based on the available online bite statistics.)
Mouthiness
How much mouthing/nipping/play biting does the American Foxhound do?
American Foxhounds have an average tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people. It's a common habit during puppyhood, not aggressive behavior. These "bites" don't hurt, but American Foxhounds need to be taught for a good attitude.
Impulse to Wander or Roam
How likely is the American Foxhound to run away? Does this breed explore or wander a lot? Does American Foxhound roam?
American Foxhounds have high wanderlust potential, which means that this breed has a strong desire for exploring the world. Safer to walk them on a leash unless you teach them how to get back to you on command. This breed is also able to cause damage to your fence.
Prey Drive
Do this canine have a strong prey drive? Does American Foxhound have high prey drive?
American Foxhounds have a higher impulse to chase and catch something than other dog breeds. Cats or any other small animals might be in danger. It's a natural instinct, doesn't necessarily mean that American Foxhounds are aggressive. Better to keep this breed on a leash.
Apartment Friendly
Is American Foxhound good as an apartment dog? Can they live in a flat?
American Foxhounds are not apartment-friendly dogs. If you don't have a garden, you may have to reconsider your choice for having a puppy from this breed.
Adaptability
Are they adaptable and easy-going?
American Foxhounds adapt very well to lifestyle changes and basically all living environments. They don't mind moving from one place to another with their owner.
Tolerates Being Left Alone
Can you leave this breed home alone?
American Foxhounds do best when a family member is at home during the day or if their workplace is dog-friendly so they can take the dog at work.
Fighting Dog
Where American Foxhound dogs used as a fighting dog in the history?
Not really
In history, this breed was not really used for combat dog.

American Foxhound Good With

Stranger Friendly
Are they friendly with strangers?
American Foxhounds are average friendly towards strangers.
Child Friendly
Are American Foxhound dogs kid-friendly? Are they good with young children? American Foxhound and children:
American Foxhounds are very kid-friendly dogs. This breed enjoys being surrounded by children.
Cat Friendly
How well do American Foxhound dogs get along with cats? Are they good with kittens? What is this fido's temperament with cats?
American Foxhounds are not the most cat-friendly dogs.
Dog Friendly
Is American Foxhound good with other dogs? Are they dog-friendly dogs? How well do American Foxhound dogs get along with other dogs? What is this canine temperament with other dogs?
American Foxhounds are very dog-friendly dogs. If you want more dogs in your family or you'd like to join dog meetups, the American Foxhound can be a great choice.
Office Friendly
Are American Foxhounds good office dogs? Do American Foxhounds make good office friendly dogs? Can American Foxhounds be office dogs?
Yes
American Foxhound is one of the best dog breeds for office environment
Senior Citizens Friendly
Are they senior citizens friendly dogs? How well do American Foxhound dogs get along with the elderly people? What is the Foxhound temperament with senior people? Are American Foxhound dogs good for elderly owners?
American Foxhounds are one of the best breeds for elderly people.
Pet Friendly
Are they pet-friendly dogs? How well do American Foxhound dogs get along with other pets? Are American Foxhound dogs good with pets? What is this canine temperament with other pets?
American Foxhounds usually don’t get on well with other pets.
Good For First Time Owners
Is American Foxhound breed good for first-time owners? Do they make a good dog for novice owners?
Yes
American Foxhounds are good for novice owners, due to their easy-going personality.
Service Dog
Are they good as service dogs? Can American Foxhound be a service dog?
Not really
This breed generally not used as a service dog. A service dog is a term used in the USA to refer to any type of assistance dog specifically trained to help people who have disabilities, such as visual impairment, hearing impairments, mental disorders, seizures, mobility impairment, and diabetes. Service dogs are protected under the ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act). American Foxhound is not the best breed for service purposes.
Therapy Dog
Are they good as therapy dogs? Can American Foxhound be a therapy dog?
Not really
This breed generally not used as a therapy dog. A therapy dog is a dog that might be trained to provide affection, comfort, and love to people in hospitals, retirement homes, nursing homes, schools, hospices, disaster areas, and to people with anxiety disorders or autism. American Foxhound is not the best breed for therapeutic purposes.
Detection Dog or Sniffer Dog
Are they good as detection dogs? Can American Foxhound be a sniffer dog?
Not really
A detection dog or sniffer dog is a dog that is trained to use its senses (mostly its smell) to detect substances such as explosives, illegal drugs, wildlife scat, currency, blood, and contraband electronics such as illicit mobile phones. American Foxhound is not the best breed for detection purposes.
Search and Rescue Dog (SAR)
Are they good as SAR dogs? Can American Foxhound be a search and rescue dog?
Not really
The use of dogs in search and rescue (SAR) is a valuable component in wilderness tracking, natural disasters, mass casualty events, and in locating missing people. The American Foxhound is not the best breed for SAR purposes.
Boat Dog
Are they good as boat dogs? Can American Foxhound be a boat dog?
Not really
American Foxhound breed usually doesn't like being on a boat.
Cart Pulling or Drafting Dog
Are they good as cart pulling dogs? Can American Foxhound be a drafting dog?
Not really
A drafting dog or draft dog is a dog bred and used for cart pulling. Dogs bred for this work have strong builds and qualities that are needed, strength and determination. American Foxhound is not the best breed for drafting purposes.

American Foxhound Health Factors

Health Issues
Is it a healthy breed? Do American Foxhound dogs have health problems?
American Foxhounds tend to have a lot and frequent health issues. Regular vet check-ups are essential with this breed.
Life Expectancy
How long do American Foxhound dogs live? What is the average lifespan of this breed? How old can a American Foxhound be?
10-12 years
Hypoallergenic
Is the American Foxhound breed hypoallergenic?
No
American Foxhounds don't do well with allergy sufferers by causing allergic reaction. Some of the dog breeds are even considered to higher the possibility of an allergic response. Coat type isn't necessarily relevant, because most people are allergic to dander (flakes on the dog's skin) or saliva, not actually to dog hair.
Energy Level
How much energy does the American Foxhound have?
American Foxhounds are high energy dogs. Active lifestyle makes them happy.
Exercise Need
How much exercise does this dog need? How much exercise do American Foxhound dogs require per day?
American Foxhounds need a lot of exercises. Long walks should be on a daily schedule. If you live an active life, this breed can be a good choice for you.
Sleeping Need
How much sleep does this fido need?
American Foxhounds don't need too much sleep. They are energetic and desire to live an active life. If you think naps are overrated, this breed can be the best choice for you.
Avg. daily food consumption
How much food does the American Foxhound need? How often should I feed my canine? What dog products should I buy?
2 to 3 cups of a high-quality dog food a day.
Weight Gain Potential
How easy to gain weight for this dog? American Foxhound risk for obesity:
High: The American Foxhound breed has a strong tendency to overweight. Try to find the happy medium between exercise and feeding. If you want to keep balance, increase the amount and frequency of your daily dog walk and play with the American Foxhound more often. If you notice any weight gain, consult your veterinarian and make a diet plan. Reduce unhealthy food and snacks, and measure the American Foxhound's weight regularly.
Weather & Climate
Which weather condition is preferred by this dog? Can they tolerate hot and cold weather & climate?
Prefers average to cold weather conditions
The American Foxhound can adapt to well to cold weather conditions, some dogs even can be a good mountain dog.
Stinkiness
How stinky is this dog? Why does it smell bad and how to get rid of the smell?
Medium
The American Foxhound has an average chance of bad smell. Top reasons for dog stinkiness: infection of bad tooth/ear/skin folds, gas attacks.
Drooling tendency
Does the American Foxhound drool?
The American Foxhound is a perfect example for very low drooling tendency. If you're disgusted by slobber spots on your clothes, the American Foxhound could be a perfect choice for you. Drooling is the unintentional saliva flowing outside of the mouth. It can be completely normal or a sign of a health problem. Certain dog breeds drool minimal compared to others, just like the American Foxhound. If you notice any change in your dog's drooling habit, you should contact a vet as soon as possible.

American Foxhound Reproducibility

Gestation Length
How long does this dog's pregnancy last? How long does this dog pregnant? How long does it take to have puppies?
60-64 days
Reproductive cycle of the female American Foxhound: The first period called Proestrus lasts for about 9 days. During this time the females start to attract males. You can notice by swelling vulva and bloody discharge. The second part is the Estrus when the bitch is receptive for the male. It lasts for about 3 to 11 days. The sign of the proestrus part is the soft and enlarged vulva. The discharge decreases and lightens in color. The third part is the Diestrus. Normally, it occurs around day 14. In this period the bitch’s discharge changes for vivid red and coming to its end. The vulva returns to average, and she will no longer permit mating. The fourth part called the Anestrus. The time frame between heat periods normally lasts about six months.
How often can the American Foxhound have a litter? Once a year.
More frequent breeding is not healthy. It is very important not to buy a dog from a puppy mill, where the needs of the pups and their mothers are ignored. It's an inhumane high-volume dog breeding facility, where puppies born several times a year.
Litter Size
How many puppies can the American Foxhound have? What is the average litter size of this fido?
5-7 puppies

American Foxhound Pros & Cons

Pros
  • Trainability: American Foxhounds are easy to train.
  • Grooming: Effortless: The American Foxhound requires minimal grooming.
  • Shedding Level: American Foxhounds shed none to minimal.
  • Drooling tendency: The American Foxhound is a perfect example for very low drooling tendency.
  • Adaptability: American Foxhounds adapt very well to lifestyle changes and basically all living environments.
  • Child Friendly: American Foxhounds are very kid-friendly dogs.
  • Dog Friendly: American Foxhounds are very dog-friendly dogs.
  • Office Friendly: American Foxhound is one of the best dog breeds for office environment
  • Senior Citizens Friendly: American Foxhounds are one of the best breeds for elderly people.
  • Good For First Time Owners: American Foxhounds are good for novice owners, due to their easy-going personality.
Cons
  • Health Issues: American Foxhounds tend to have a lot and frequent health issues.
  • Hypoallergenic: American Foxhounds don't do well with allergy sufferers by causing allergic reaction.
  • Apartment Friendly: American Foxhounds are not apartment-friendly dogs.
  • Weight Gain Potential: High: The American Foxhound breed has a strong tendency to overweight.
  • Watchdog Ability: American Foxhounds are not the best watchdogs.
  • Impulse to Wander or Roam: American Foxhounds have high wanderlust potential, which means that this breed has a strong desire for exploring the world.
  • Tolerates Being Left Alone: American Foxhounds do best when a family member is at home during the day or if their workplace is dog-friendly so they can take the dog at work.
  • Cat Friendly: American Foxhounds are not the most cat-friendly dogs.

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