The American Foxhound is a wonderful dog with a distinctive quality: their howl!
An American breed, this Foxhound was developed in Virginia and Maryland from foxhounds imported from Europe to the United States during the 18th century. Today, the Walker, Goodman, and Trigg lines constitute the different types of the American Foxhound. Each line has a different look, but they're all recognized as the same breed.
The American Foxhound was bred to hunt fox by scent and then alert their hunting partners with their famous howl, which can be heard from miles away. The Foxhound is perfectly content howling all day long - making them a breed that won't be tolerated in urban living environments or apartments/condos.
Lean, Long, and Large
American Foxhounds are most commonly associated with their long, straight-boned legs, and the rest of their body is also a bit on the boney side. Their heads are large and their muzzles are long, with ears that are wide and low set. With their nose to the ground, their ears drag, helping them to pick up the scent of a fox. Their eyes are large and can be hazel or brown in color. Their coats are smooth and coarse. Many of them tend to be heavy shedders, but daily brushings will help this.
The American Foxhound’s height ranges from 21 to 25" inches, and they usually weigh between 45 and 60 lbs. They can occasionally have larger frames, which obviously also causes their weight to fluctuate. (Many people think they look like Beagles, but they are taller and larger overall.)
American Foxhounds are easygoing, gentle, and friendly. They usually get along with everyone, but they especially love children and other dogs! However, because of their strong sense of smell, they can be stubborn, independent thinkers - like all scenthounds. Early socialization, training, and patience will be all be required if you're seriously considering bringing an American Foxhound into your home.
They have a high activity level and an extremely active, energetic personality that goes nonstop! Therefore, exercise is important for this breed. Once they're full grown, they require a daily walk, up to three times a day at no less than 30 to 45 minutes per walk. Since they're scenthounds, if they catch a whiff of something interesting, they're bound to go exploring to seek out the source. Therefore, a fenced-in yard giving them plenty of room to run is highly recommended.
American Foxhound usually live between 10 and 12 years. They're typically quite healthy, but they can experience problems with their ears, hip dysplasia, and Platelet Disease. Also, if their food isn't managed properly, they can easily become overweight, so dietary maintenance is essential.
Consider looking for an American Foxhound through rescue organizations first. Every year, there are millions of dogs being euthanized - not because they are bad dogs, but because there is no home for them and insufficient resources to care for them at rescue agencies. By adopting a dog, you are truly saving a life!
At the very least, NEVER purchase any dog from a pet store. Unfortunately, those puppies almost always come from puppy mills. Instead, look for a reputable breeder to work with.
On a final note, it is important to spay and neuter your puppy by 6 months old to have a healthy and happy pet for many years to come!
If you're looking for an energetic dog who loves children, the American Foxhound is the dog for you!
Original Dog Bible, 2nd Edition by Kristin Mehus-Roe