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ENGLISH FOXHOUND

Life span: 10-12 Years

Height: 22 – 26 inches (male), 20-24 inches (female)

Weight: 60 – 75 lbs. (male), 55 – 70 lbs. (female)

The English Foxhound is a breed of dog that belongs to the Hound family. To this day, the aptly named English Foxhound is bred for fox tracking, for which it is perfectly suited thanks to its strong sense of smell and its ability to alert hunters by barking when game is located. Many consider the English Foxhound to be a nearly flawless breed, due to its combination of strength, poise, and intelligence. The Foxhound has short hair that typically contains shades of brown, black, and white.

Physical Characteristics

This large dog has a muscular body, with medium sized ears that flop down, and a long and feathered tail with a slight curve. Their eyes can be hazel or brown with a black nose. Their short coat is weather resistant, dense, and wiry to the touch. Coat colors include black, brown, light brown, and white, and they can be completely white or tri colored.

History

In the 1700s, a variety of hounds such as the Bloodhound, the Deerhound, Greyhound and Staghound were crossed with the Fox Terrier, Whippet and Bulldog to create a dog that was able to track a fox for long periods of time. Soon, the Foxhound was used by wealthy men and royalty, running alongside them instead of hunting foxes. They began creating them in certain color combinations to make them packs of 50 for the wealthy to buy. In the late 1700s they were brought into the United States by British colonists and in 1909 it was accepted into the American Kennel Club.

Personality

This breed is gentle and loving with children and gets along well with other household pets. However, they are wary of strangers, but once introduced properly will return to their loving selves. They may attempt to chase small animals due to their hunting instincts. English Foxhounds usually bay or howl at the moon or for no apparent reason, so be ready for noisy nights, and be sure to have tolerant neighbors, as they tend to do this mostly when left alone. Training may be a bit difficult, but can be achieved.

Health

Hip dysplasia, a hereditary disease in which there is an abnormal formation in the hip socket, that may eventually cause painful arthritis. It may also be affected by the environment they reside in.

Epilepsy, a neurological disorder that can produce seizures.

Renal Disease, in which the kidney is unable to eliminate the toxins from the blood.

Care

This breed needs only weekly brushing and an occasional bath to keep its coat healthy. Their nails should be trimmed regularly, as well as their teeth brushed and ears checked for any dirt to prevent infections. They are highly energetic and need plenty of daily exercise done outside, running or walking, with its owners. Training can be difficult, as they tend to be stubborn, but with patience and positive reinforcement, it can be achieved.

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