English Foxhound

Dog Breed Profile
English 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 English Foxhound makes a great house pet provided he has a good companionship either from his family or another dog. He was originally a pack dog breed and socialization is very important to this breed.

He’s independent and can sometimes be stubborn, a trait most hounds share, important for staying on the trail of his prey. This hound is great with horses and other pets, and is a good pet with children in the home as well.

Because the English Foxhound has a loud voice and likes to bay, he’s not the best choice for city living, and he requires daily exercise in an area that is safe and enclosed so that he doesn’t get the scent of something and disappear.

  • Best suited to being a part of the family unless he has another foxhound companion outdoors
  • No health conditions that need to be tested for
  • Grooming needs include occasional brushing.
  • The English Foxhound is a friendly, loving animal that can be easily trained
  • 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 55 to 75lbs and 23 to 27 inches tall
  • The average size of a female is 55 to 70lbs and 23 to 27 inches tall

Care & Health:

Give your English Foxhound lots of exercise and companionship and he’ll be very happy and content. He doesn’t mind living outdoors in temperate climates but does require comfortable bedding. If he doesn’t have another outdoor companion, such as another foxhound, he’ll likely prefer to come inside with the family to socialize and sleep.

He only needs an occasional brushing to remove and dead hair from his coat.

Major Health Concerns:


Minor Health Concerns:

– occasionally CHD(Canine Hip Displasiaand renal disease

Test for:


Life Span:

– 10 to 13 years

Breed History:

The English Foxhounds have had their pedigree since the 1700s, at a time when the greyhound was still favored for coursing stag. Around 1750 the foxhound was considered for the option of being able to chase fox while hunters followed on horseback. This quickly became a large ceremonial past time with the wealthy, and the killing of the fox took a backseat to the hunt itself.

Careful breeding ensured the esthetic appeal of the dogs who would hunt in packs and on their own. This led to packs that all had the same coats and color scheme.

The Foxhounds came to America in the 1700s and were bred to eventually become the American foxhounds of today, which have become more popular than the English breed. They are still not a popular choice for pets or for show dogs, but still remain valuable to hunters who wish to ere on the side of tradition and go out on horseback.

  • Family history is scenthound
  • Originally from Great Britain
  • First bred in the 1700’s
  • Original purpose was trailing fox
  • Today they are used for trailing fox
  • Also known as foxhound