The English Foxhound is a very active dog that was used to hunt in packs. they also do well with other dogs due to her heritage and temperament. She is not considered a family pet because she really needs other dogs and she also must be exercised extensively.
They are actually part of a family of 4 different types of foxhounds, and is the cousin of the American Foxhound.
As stated by the title 'foxhound', they have highly developed sense of smell, strong innate hunting sense and well, were used historically to hunt foxes.
All in all, they are a very healthy breed and easy going as far as grooming is concerned. While the English Foxhound is generally good with children, it's always safer to err on the side of caution, and never leave a child unsupervised with a puppy or dog.
Approximate Adult Size
The approximate adult size (two years old or older) of the male English Foxhound is 22 to 25 inches to the withers (highest point of the shoulder), and the female ranges from 21 to 24 inches to the withers.
They're basically about the same size as a standard golden retriever you see in the park, albeit with less fur. They DO share certain resemblances with beagles, except they're far larger.
Either sex averages from 65 to 70 pounds.
As stated, they're a pack hound, so we humans will definitely enjoy this dog's companionship. However, they aren't lap dogs or merely a companion animal - since they were historically bred to hunt, they're highly energetic and fully capable of running full tilt for decently long periods without any breaks whatsoever.
They are however not family pets - these dogs are very active, unlike most companion dogs and lapdogs that can laze around the house the whole day. They can blend well as companions, but they should NEVER be mistaken as family pets.
Thus, the foxhounds, both English and American Foxhounds require a more experienced owner to handle their high energy lifestyle - requiring constant runs and activities that drain them.
You'll also have to choose your dog sitter more carefully, or your foxhound might run circles around them...
On the companion side however, they're gentle and tolerant of everything in general. This makes them excellent around other animals (big or small), as well as children and even babies. ( of course the same rules apply - do not let any children near them if its the first time they're meeting. )
Special Health Considerations
Most dog breeds have certain inherited health problems associated with that specific breed but the English Foxhound has no serious inherited diseases, barring the standard hip dysplasia seen in most larger dogs.
The English Foxhound should visit the veterinarian several times in the first year for shots, boosters and a general check up. Once they reach adulthood, they should visit the veterinarian yearly for shots and check up.
As they get into their more senior years (six years and beyond), their visits to the vet should increase to about twice a year for check ups and shots.
Of course all the above visitations are a guideline - you should know your dog best and the number of times they should see the vet. They would rather be in the companionship of other animals and humans that love them anyway.
The English Foxhound has a short, dense and hard coat that is easy to care for. They just need an occasional rubbing down and brushing to keep the fur looking good and well-maintained.
Brushing will help maintain a clean and healthy coat and help you keep a closer eye on their health and strengthen your emotional bond with them.
Plus, I've never seen a dog that doesn't enjoy getting groomed with the slicker brush!
Teeth should be brushed twice a week with toothpaste and toothbrush designed for dogs. Brushing removes the accumulation of plaque and tartar which can cause cavities and periodontal disease.
Dog periodontal disease can lead to pain, loss of teeth, bad breath and other serious disease. In severe cases, the complications can even lead to death. Remember to take your dog's dental hygiene seriously!
Toenails may need to be examined for growth and clipped regularly. The toenails of the rear feet grow slower than the toenails of the front feet, and generally a guillotine type trimmer is the best for this chore and competent instructions to accomplish this can be found on the net.
The English Foxhound (and even the American Foxhound) can live between 10 and 14 years with proper nutrition, medical care and excellent living conditions.
The English Foxhound breed was developed in Great Britain. They were used as a pack hunter. Their genetic roots come from the Greyhound, Bulldog, Fox Terrier and other assorted hounds. They were first registered by the American Kennel Association in 1909.
- English Foxhound Club of America
- UKC United Kennel Club
- NKC National Kennel Club
- CKC Continental Kennel Club
- APRI Americas Pet Registry Inc.
- AKC American Kennel Club
- FCI Federation Cynologique Internationale
- NZKC New Zealand Kennel Club
- KCGB Kennel Club of Great Britain
- ANKC Australian National Kennel Club
- ACR American Canine Registry
Typically the females give birth to about 5 to 7 English Foxhound puppies per litter.
Foxhounds can be pretty loud, so you might not want to keep them if you live near a densely populated area.