American Foxhounds are lighter and taller than their English relatives. They have a large build and handsome facial features. Their limbs are lanky, long, and straight-boned, and they are extremely agile and fast. The breed’s large head is slightly domed and features a large pair of wide-set eyes that are brown or hazel in color. They have wide ears that hang flat to the head (pendant ears) and frame their face. The breed’s tail is carried high and has an upward curve. American Foxhounds have a short, thick, hard coat that varies in color.
This breed is Virginia's official state dog.
Although American Foxhounds are tenacious hunting dogs and extremely hard-workers, they are very sweet, kind, and loving with their families. They are very social and get along well with children and other dogs. Some American Foxhounds have an inclination to be protective, but they are usually good with strangers. Show lines of this breed make better pets than the field types. They are a hardy working breed, and they require a rigorous exercise routine and lots of space to run around in. They have an infamous bark that is very musical and they like to bay.
American Foxhounds are a large breed, but they are healthy in comparison to other dogs of the same stature. They do not have genetic concerns like hip or bone problems. American Foxhounds shouldn’t be overfed, as they have a tendency to put on weight. They typically live for 10 to 12 years, and they average 5 to 7 puppies per litter.
Descendant from the English hounds that were brought to America in the 1650’s, the American Foxhound was bred over a hundred years later as a gift to George Washington. The American Foxhound is a mix of the French and English hound. The American Foxhound was later utilized as a hunting dog. Although the breed is becoming more and more popular as a companion dog, American Foxhounds are typically used as hunting and field trial dogs. They have a number of natural talents that include hunting, tracking, and agility. They also make excellent watchdogs.
American Foxhounds have a smooth, glossy, short-haired coat that is comparatively easy to groom and maintain. Brushing with a firm bristle brush and shampooing only as necessary are sufficient. They are average shedders. American Foxhounds are extremely active and they need rigorous exercise on a daily basis. They are best suited for ranch or farm life.
Because American Foxhounds need so much exercise, they do best in living situations with plenty of acreage. Their stamina, endurance, and high energy are not suitable for small households or apartments
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