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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.
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.
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.