English Foxhound Information & Dog Breed Facts

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

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OriginEngland flagEngland
Breed Type
What type of dog breed is it?
Purebred

English Foxhound Price and Availability

Price
How much does the English 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?
$800-$1200
If you choose to purchase the English 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 English Foxhound for sale, please advertise it on a reliable website to make sure the English Foxhound gets to a happy place.
Availability
How easy is it to get a English Foxhound?
Frequent: The English Foxhound is easier than average to get. Maybe there is some risk of overbreeding, as it is a popular breed.

Due to its popularity, inbreeding may occur. A new study shows that inbreeding contributes to the incidence of disease and health problems.

So be careful and seek the help of an experienced person or a professional, in making your decision.

English Foxhound Size

Size
What size is this breed? How big is this dog?
Large
Weight
How much does the English Foxhound weigh? English Foxhound weight:
65-70 pounds (29-32 kg)
Average Weight
What is the average weight of the English Foxhound? English Foxhound average weight:
67.5 pounds (30.5 kg)
Height
How tall is the English Foxhound? English Foxhound height:
Male: 22-25 inches (56-63 cm), Female: 21-24 inches (53-61 cm)
Average Height
What is the average height of this fido? English Foxhound average height:
Male: 23.5 inches (59.5 cm), Female: 22.5 inches (57 cm)

English Foxhound Grooming, Hair and Care

Coat / Hair Types
What type of coat does the English Foxhound have? What does this canine coat/fur look like?
Dense
Colors
What color is the breed's coat? What color is a proper English Foxhound's coat?
WhiteTanLemon Black
Grooming
How to groom the English Foxhound and how often?
Effortless: The English 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. English 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 English Foxhound dogs shed? How to control, reduce and prevent the shedding of the English Foxhound?
English Foxhounds shed moderately. It's a natural process of the hair growth cycle. Regular brushing reduces the amount of hair that sheds. It mostly depends on their health status and breed type.
Bath Time / Bathing Frequency
How often does the English Foxhound need a bath? How often should bathe this dog? Can I bathe my English Foxhound every day?
4-6 weeks
Average. Experts recommended at least every 4-6 weeks for this family pup. According to a study, 56% of pet parents don’t bathe their dogs as frequently as they should, and 60% use the sniff test when deciding when it’s bath time. Bathing your dog is beneficial to them in more ways than just one. It’s also a good time to look for unusual scratches, bumps, fleas, and other irregularities. When their hair is wet and flat against their body, these details are more visible.

English Foxhound Personality / Temperament

Temperament
What kind of personality does the English Foxhound have? What characteristics or traits does the breed have?
ActiveFriendlySociableCompanionableGentleTolerant
Intelligent Rank
How smart is the English Foxhound? Are they intelligent?
Average: It takes patience to teach this breed any tricks or commands, but the effort is worth it. They understand and remember new commands after an average of 25-40 repetitions.
Trainability
Are English Foxhound dogs easy to train? Do they go well on dog training?
English Foxhounds are easy to train. They find out the association between commands and actions quite quickly.
Playfulness
How playful is this breed?
Average: English Foxhounds, like any other dog breed, like playing. Sometimes they bark in excitement for playing, but they are not the most playful dog breed.
Sensitivity Level
How sensitive are they? English Foxhound sensitivity:
English Foxhounds have an average emotional level and are not the most sensitive dog breed. Sometimes it's okay to change the daily routine, have guests and listen to loud music. Some dogs handle moderate punishment very well, while others crumble apart at a dirty look. This breed is not affected emotionally by moderate punishment.
Affection Level
How affectionate are they? Are they affectionate?
High: English 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 are considered 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 English Foxhound need? English Foxhound social needs:
English Foxhounds are a social breed. They enjoy being around people or other animals. This breed doesn't tolerate being left alone.
Barking
Do English Foxhound dogs bark a lot? Are they barkers/noisy? Why does my English Foxhound bark?
A lot: English Foxhound is a particularly loud breed. They often enjoy barking and howling loudly. If you want a quiet dog, not the best choice. The main triggers for barking are fear, attention, alarm, boredom, greeting, separation anxiety, compulsive barking, and defense.
Watchdog Ability
Is English Foxhound good as a watchdog? Are they alert at night?
English 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.
Guarding Behavior / Territorial
Do English Foxhound dogs have an aggressive behavior to protect their home/house/territory? Do they have guarding instincts?
English Foxhounds can't provide protection for their territory. It's better to leave them out of the duty of protecting your valuables and property.
Biting Potential
Do English Foxhound bite humans? How likely are you to get bitten from the English Foxhound? What are the odds of getting bitten by a English Foxhound? Why do dog bites happen?

Low 🔽

The English 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.)
Bite Force
Does the English Foxhound has a hard bite?

Between 200 and 400 PSI

English Foxhound bite force: Ordinary. Average dogs have a bite force between 200 and 400 PSI. The English Foxhound, and many others, have a fearsome presence because they have significant jaw strength, so it is important not to anger the dog and have it around strangers until it is fully trained. However, they are usually quite calm and good companions, they work well in families and are easy to care for.
Mouthiness
How much mouthing/nipping/play biting does the English Foxhound do?
English Foxhounds have a higher than 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 English Foxhounds need to be taught for a good attitude.
Impulse to Wander or Roam
How likely is the English Foxhound to run away? Does this breed explore or wander a lot? Does English Foxhound roam?
English 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 English Foxhound have high prey drive?
English Foxhounds have a high impulse to chase and catch something. Cats or any other small animals are in danger. It's a natural instinct, doesn't necessarily mean that English Foxhound dogs are aggressive. Better to keep this breed on a leash.
Apartment Friendly
Is English Foxhound good as an apartment dog? Can they live in a flat?
Not an apartment-friendly dog the English Foxhound breed. If you don't have a garden, think carefully about your decision, keeping English Foxhound indoors can cause a lot of problems.
Adaptability
Are they adaptable and easy-going?
English Foxhounds adapt well to lifestyle changes and different 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?
English 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.

English Foxhound Good With

Stranger Friendly
Are they aggressive or friendly towards/with strangers? English Foxhound temperament with other people:
English Foxhounds are average friendly towards strangers.
Pet Friendly
Are they pet-friendly dogs? How well do English Foxhound dogs get along with other pets? Are English Foxhound dogs good with pets? What is this canine temperament with other pets?
English Foxhounds usually don’t get on well with other pets.
Child Friendly
Are English Foxhound dogs kid-friendly? Are they good with young children? English Foxhound temperament with children:
English Foxhounds are very kid-friendly dogs. This breed enjoys being surrounded by children.
Cat Friendly
How well do English Foxhound dogs get along with cats? Are they good with kittens? What is this fido's temperament with cats? Can they be good with cats?
English Foxhounds are not the most cat-friendly dogs.
Dog Friendly
Is English Foxhound good with other dogs? Are they dog-friendly dogs? How well do English Foxhound dogs get along with other dogs? What is this canine temperament with other dogs?
English Foxhounds are very dog-friendly dogs. If you want more dogs in your family or you'd like to join dog meetups, the English Foxhound can be a great choice.
Good For First Time Owners
Is English Foxhound breed good for first-time owners? Do they make a good dog for novice owners?
Yes
English Foxhounds are good for novice owners, due to their easy-going personality.
Office Friendly
Are English Foxhounds good office dogs? Do English Foxhounds make good office friendly dogs? Can English Foxhounds be office dogs?
Yes
English Foxhound is one of the best dog breeds for office environment
Senior Citizens Friendly
Are they senior citizens friendly dogs? How well do English Foxhound dogs get along with the elderly people? What is the English Foxhound temperament with senior people? Are English Foxhound dogs good for elderly owners?
English Foxhounds are one of the best breeds for elderly people.

English Foxhound Health

Health Issues
Is it a healthy or unhealthy breed? Do English Foxhound dogs have health problems or genetic diseases?
English Foxhounds tend to have a lot and frequent health issues. Regular vet check-ups are essential with this breed.
Health Problems
What genetic/health problems does the English Foxhound breed have? What are the health issues and concerns of the English Foxhound breed? Most common health risks of English Foxhound:
BloatEpilepsyHip DysplasiaRenal Disease
Veterinarian Visits
How often does the English Foxhound breed need to go to the vet? How often should you take your dog to the vet? How often should the English Foxhound see the vet?
Frequent
The English Foxhound should have a complete physical check-up at least once (but preferably twice) per year. If your dog shows any symptoms, call your veterinarian.
Life Expectancy
How long do English Foxhound dogs live? What is the average lifespan of this breed? How old can a English Foxhound be? What is the age limit of the English Foxhound? How many years can the oldest English Foxhound live?
9-13 years
The average lifespan of English Foxhound: 11 years
Hypoallergenic
Is the English Foxhound breed hypoallergenic?
No
English 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 English Foxhound have? What is the activity level of the English Foxhound?
English Foxhounds are high-energy dogs. An active lifestyle makes them happy.
Activity Requirement / Exercise Need
How much activity does this dog need? How much exercise do English Foxhound dogs require per day?
English 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?
English 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.
Average daily food consumption
How much food does the English Foxhound need? How often should I feed my canine? What dog products should I buy?
4 to 7 cups of high-quality dry food a day, divided into two meals.
Weight Gain Potential / Prone to Obesity
How easy to gain weight for this dog? English Foxhound risk for obesity:
Low to Average: The English Foxhound has a low to the average risk for obesity. To make your dog happy and fit, feed him with quality dry dog food and live an active life together. Try to find the happy medium between exercise and feeding. If you notice any weight change, consult your veterinarian to make a meal plan, and measure the English Foxhound's weight regularly.
Weather and Climate
Which weather condition is preferred by this dog? Can they tolerate hot or cold weather and climate?
Tolerates warm and cold weather
Dogs that tolerate hot and cold weather are typically those that have a double coat of fur. Dogs with a double coat of fur have a layer of fur that insulates their skin and helps protect them from the cold and the heat.
Stinkiness
How stinky is this dog? Why does it smell bad and how to get rid of the smell?

Medium

The English 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 English Foxhound drool?
The English Foxhound is a perfect example of a very low drooling tendency. If you're disgusted by slobber spots on your clothes, the English 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 minimum compared to others, just like the English Foxhound. If you notice any change in your dog's drooling habit, you should contact a vet as soon as possible.

English Foxhound As a Working Dog

Service Dog
Are they good as service dogs? Can English Foxhound be a guide dog? Are they used as seeing-eye dogs?

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). English Foxhound is not the best breed for service purposes.
Therapy Dog
Are they good as therapy dogs? Can English Foxhound be a therapy dog? Are they good anxiety dogs? Can a English Foxhound be an emotional support animal?

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. English Foxhound is not the best breed for therapeutic purposes.
Detection Dog or Sniffer Dog
Are they good as detection dogs? Can English Foxhound be a sniffer dog?

Not really

They are not typically employed for this type of work, but there may be exceptional cases. 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. English Foxhound is not the best breed for detection purposes.
Search and Rescue Dog (SAR)
Are they good as SAR dogs? Can English Foxhound be a search and rescue dog?

Not really

This dog breed is not typically used as a search and rescue dog. The use of dogs in search and rescue (SAR) is a valuable component in wilderness tracking, natural disasters, mass casualty events, and locating missing people. The English Foxhound is not the best breed for SAR purposes.
Boat and Sailor Dog
Are they good as boat dogs? Can English Foxhound be a boat dog?

Not really

English Foxhound breed usually doesn't like being on a boat.

Boat dogs were typically bred for their strength, stamina, and water resistance, as they were often required to perform tasks such as pulling in fishing nets, and jumping into the water to retrieve ropes or lines, or helping to move cargo.

Sailor dog is a type of dog that was bred to accompany sailors on their voyages. They were typically used for three purposes: as a working dog, a watchdog, and as a companion. A boat dog is a term used to describe a type of dog that was traditionally bred and used as a working dog on boats.

Cart Pulling or Drafting Dog
Are they good as cart pulling dogs? Can English 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. English Foxhound is not the best breed for drafting purposes.
Fighting Dog / Military Dog
Where English Foxhound dogs used as fighting / military dogs in history?

Not really

In history, this breed was not really used for combat dog.

English 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 English 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 female 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 female’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.
Litter Frequency

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 English Foxhound have? What is the average litter size of this fido?
5-7 puppies

English Foxhound Recognition

AKC Group
Is English Foxhound recognized by the American Kennel Club?
Recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1909 as a Hound breed.
FCI Group
Is English Foxhound recognized by the Fédération Cynologique Internationale (FCI)?
Recognized by FCI in the Scent hounds and related breeds group, in the Scent hounds section.
Breed Recognition
What kennel clubs and organizations recognize or register the English Foxhound breed?
American Canine RegistryAmerican Kennel ClubAmerica's Pet RegistryCanadian Kennel ClubContinental Kennel ClubDog Registry of America Inc.Federation Cynologique InternationaleNational Kennel ClubNew Zealand Kennel ClubNorth American Purebred Registry, Inc.American Canine Association, Inc.

English Foxhound Pros and Cons

Pros
  • Trainability: English Foxhounds are easy to train.
  • Grooming: Effortless: The English Foxhound requires minimal grooming.
  • Drooling Tendency: The English Foxhound is a perfect example of a very low drooling tendency.
  • Weight Gain Potential / Prone to Obesity: Low to Average: The English Foxhound has a low to the average risk for obesity.
  • Adaptability: English Foxhounds adapt well to lifestyle changes and different living environments.
  • Child Friendly: English Foxhounds are very kid-friendly dogs.
  • Dog Friendly: English Foxhounds are very dog-friendly dogs.
  • Office Friendly: English Foxhound is one of the best dog breeds for office environment
  • Senior Citizens Friendly: English Foxhounds are one of the best breeds for elderly people.
  • Good For First Time Owners: English Foxhounds are good for novice owners, due to their easy-going personality.
Cons
  • Health Issues: English Foxhounds tend to have a lot and frequent health issues.
  • Hypoallergenic: English Foxhounds don't do well with allergy sufferers by causing allergic reaction.
  • Apartment Friendly: Not an apartment-friendly dog the English Foxhound breed.
  • Watchdog Ability: English Foxhounds are not the best watchdogs.
  • Mouthiness: English Foxhounds have a higher than average tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people.
  • Impulse to Wander or Roam: English Foxhounds have high wanderlust potential, which means that this breed has a strong desire for exploring the world.
  • Tolerates Being Left Alone: English 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: English Foxhounds are not the most cat-friendly dogs.

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