English Foxhound

Dog breed coverage from the 2012 AKC/Eukanuba 2012 National Championship Dog Show

Fast Facts

Country of Origin:England
AKC Group:Hound Group
UKC Group:Scenthound
Use today:Fox trailing
Life Span:10 to 13 years
Color:Traditional hound colors of black, tan and white
Coat:Short, dense, hard, and glossy.
Grooming:Brush weekly.
Size:Medium Dog Breed
Height:24 inches
Weight:Proportionate to height

The English Foxhound boasts an ancestry that dates to the late 1600s. Stag hunting had been a popular sport of the British landed gentry, but when stag became scarce, the aristocracy took to pursuing the more abundant fox. They demanded a dog with great speed, superb scenting powers, incredible endurance, good vocal cords and sound feet. Breeding selectively for these qualities, they arrived at the English Foxhound, a dog averaging about 24 inches in height. Its short, smooth coat may be anything from white to the traditional hound colors of black, tan and white. Always run in packs, they're happiest in the company of their masters and other dogs. This pack instinct makes the Foxhound quick to bond to its family members. Changing times have meant fewer packs, and most are owned by hunt associations. The English Foxhound is a handsome hound of true sporting blood, that enjoys exercise and activities to challenge its mind.

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