The American Foxhound

This hound is very similar to the English foxhound, but there are some differences.
The American Foxhound

Last update: 02 May, 2020

Today we want to talk to you about a fairly unknown breed: the American foxhound.

Getting to know the American foxhound

Origin and history

This breed of dog dates back to 1650 when Robert Brooke first brought them to North America. It was then a British breed that was with the Brooke family for over 300 years.

What’s more, George Washington allowed French foxhounds to crossbreed with Brooke’s. This is when the American foxhound that we know today was created.

Characteristics of the American foxhound

The American foxhound measures between 20 and 25 inches in height and weighs between 66 and 75 pounds. They have short, soft hair that is always white with black and brown patches.

Their triangular faces are home to a long and narrow nose. They have long, droopy ears and tender, dark eyes. They also have long but stocky limbs. Their tails measure approximately half the length of their body and they live to about the age of 12.


The American foxhound has always been a fox hunter. They like to work alone, but nowadays make great family pets. They’re very loving, patient and affectionate, especially with children. They are quite happy to live with other dogs and other pets and aren’t very expressive. Their voices are melodious and gentle, and a pleasure to listen to.

A dog will teach you unconditional love. If you can have that in your life, things won’t be so bad

-Robert Wagner-

Be careful when letting them off the leash as they can be easily distracted and could lose track of time or get lost.

Special care

The American Foxhound is generally a healthy dog, although there are a few things you should be aware of:

  • Brushing. They don’t need much grooming as they have short fur. However, it’s necessary to brush them a couple of times a week to remove dead hair, and keep it shiny and silky.
  • Visiting the vet. Just like all other dogs, regular visits to the vets are important, regardless of their health conditions.
  • Keep an eye on them. Like we said earlier, while they’re very loyal dogs, they’re also very adventurous and can easily be distracted by particular scents, leading them to unfamiliar places and getting lost. So make sure that they can’t escape, although they do need enough space to burn off some energy.
  • Exercise. They’re very active dogs and need a lot of exercise. You need to take them on three walks a day. They need this exercise to keep their joints in good shape as well as to keep them healthy, fit, and happy.
  • American foxhounds need socializing from a very young age. While they aren’t aggressive, they do get lonely, which isn’t good for a pet.

As you can see, they’re a great breed to have as a pet because they’re loving, helpful, protective, and active. They’re great for families with children and don’t need special care. They’re easy to take care of, easy to keep, and above all, easy to love. If you’re looking for a new pet, don’t hesitate, adopt an American Foxhound. You won’t regret it!

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