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The American Foxhound - Handsome, Sweet and Gentle
Written by: Tippy
The American Foxhound is taller and lighter than its English
cousin. It also is faster in the chase and has a keener
sense of smell. These hounds are handsome dogs that are very
straight boned with long front legs. The tail has a slight
upward curve like a sickle and is carried cheerfully behind.
The head of the American Foxhound is large and slightly
domed. The ears are pendant and broad, and frame the face.
The eyes are wide-set and large and can be either hazel or
brown with sweet imploring expressions. The coat of an
American Foxhound is hard and short and can be any color.
The American Foxhound is a gentle, loving and sweet dog in
the home, but when on the hunt they turn fierce, intense and
brave, a true warrior on the hunt. They get along well with
other dogs and children. But be warned they do not do well
around other types of animals unless they were raised with
them and it has been made clear that they are to be friend
and not prey.
The American Foxhound may be friendly to strangers and this
reaction varies per dog in this breed. If they believe
themselves to be the Alpha pack member they may become
protective. Housebreaking this dog may be difficult, and
like many scent hounds they have a tendency to run off after
a scent with little thought to their owner.
American Foxhounds have a melodious bark and they like to
bay. If you prefer or need for your dog to be quiet then
this isn't the breed for you. These dogs don't always make
great housemates and you should be aware that they are very
noisy so apartment living is out of the question.
This is the dog that you take hunting to run down game. They
love to hunt and are bred to hunt. Foxhounds require plenty
of exercise and firm, consistent, calm pack leadership and
American Foxhounds may have genetic disorders with their
bones and hips. They do have a tendency to put on weight if
overfed. Other than that they can live to around twelve
years and are in general healthy dogs if purchased from a
respectable, licensed breeder.
Picture of American Foxhound
The Nutrition your American Foxhound Requires
Featuring: Jane R. Bicks, D.V.M.
A muscular, deep chested dog with floppy ears, the nutritional
requirements of the American Foxhound are a combination of
all the other hounds: bloat prevention, brewers yeast, and garlic,
and vegetable, or L-carnitine, and taurine rich treat supplements.
Since a thin, short coat is an obvious fault, a
high quality food (see recommendation below) or a
supermarket food plus a vegetable enzyme is advisable.
Height: 21 - 25 inches
Weight: 65 - 75 lbs.
Colors: All colors.
Coat: Hard and close.
American Foxhounds are active, friendly
Life Span: 12-13 years
Litter Size: 5 - 7
Country of Origin: USA
History: The American Foxhound is descended from
the English Foxhound. They were brought into the United States
by Robert Brooke in the 1650's. They were later crossed with
other British and French hounds and used to chase fox, coyote
and deer. George Washington was a great fancier and kept a
famous pack at Mount Vernon.
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