American Foxhound

Dog Breed Profile
American Foxhound

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• High energy level
• High exercise needs
• Moderately playful
• Moderately Affectionate
• Very friendly towards other dogs
• Friendly around other pets
• Very friendly around strangers
• Easy to train
• Great watchdogs
• Not very protective
• Low grooming requirements
• Medium tolerance to heat
• Medium tolerance to cold



The American Foxhound is an agile dog breed, with great speed over rough terrain and always eager to go on the hunt. This foxhound loves and thrives in the outdoors, and once he finds a scent you’ll have a tough time getting him to listen to your commands.

Because the Foxhound likes to bay, he won’t be very popular in the city, but he does make a good pet with his amiable manners indoors. He’s gentle and thrives on human and other canine socialization, but needs to be exercised daily in a safe environment.

This dog breed is gentle but not overly affectionate or playful. He’s a bit stubborn and might be a bit of a challenge training but he’s smart and learns fast.

  • Best suited to being a part of the family as opposed to living outdoors, and prefer a soft bedding to call their own
  • Health conditions that need to be tested for include the blood
  • Grooming needs include a weekly brushing.
  • The American Foxhound can be a bit stubborn but will train and they learn quickly
  • Has a great relationship with family members, young and old, not very protective but do make great watchdogs
  • The average size of a male is 40 to 65lbs and 22 to 25 inches tall
  • The average size of a female is 40 to 65lbs and 21 to 24 inches tall

Care & Health:

Because the American Foxhound is a scenthound, he should be exercised daily in a safe and enclosed area, or taken for a long walk or even a run. Even though these dogs originally lived outside, they do make great indoor pets and like to have the ability to socialize with the family. They aren’t suited for living alone.

Give him a weekly brush to remove dead hair and you’ll have a well-groomed hound.

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Life Span:

– 10 to 13 years

Breed History:

It’s thought that the first hounds brought to America occurred in about 1650, which became the base breed for many American hound dogs. The breeding of the first foxhounds in America happened in Virginia in the late 1700s. At this time the upper class had become fans of this type of hunting, and the breeds’ popularity continued to rise as a result.

Since the 1850s, this pedigree began to be recorded in the US, when the sport itself spread to the south, where fast dogs who could kill the fox and chase deer were highly desired.

Different strains developed and the American foxhound was one of the earliest to be registered with the AKC. Despite the low numbers of registrations (due to many hunters not registering the dogs at all), they were not perceived as one of the more popular strains, and have been given the reputation as one of the least popular foxhounds in America.

  • Family history is scenthound
  • Originally from United States
  • First bred in the 1600’s
  • Original purpose was trailing fox
  • Today they are used for trailing fox