A very similar breed to its cousin the English Foxhound and resembles closely that other well known scent hound the Beagle. American Foxhounds are generally a very friendly and sociable dog, this comes in part from being bred to hunt in a pack, they seek company and have a very affectionate temperament, this is a breed that does very well with children and benefits enormously from living with another dog companion.
They are an active breed that loves to hunt and when they pick up an interesting scent it can be difficult to get your Foxhound’s attention again. They also love to run and roam unfettered so this is a breed that is really only suitable for people with lots of space in a rural setting.
These guys will move all day long so the average backyard is just not going to satisfy them.
Another aspect of the American Foxhound’s temperament that you will need to consider is just how vocal this breed is. They love to howl and bay! Especially if left alone and this is not so good if you have neighbours close by and you are likely to leave him unattended for long periods.
Being a pack dog the Foxhound can suffer from separation anxiety so is not suited to being left alone for any great length of time.
Other Animals:Gets on very well with other dogs, makes a great companion dog, may chase or kill smaller pets however.
Grooming: Nice and easy , light shedding year round so a good brush once a week should do the trick.
Exercise: Foxhounds need lots of exercise, they were bred for hunting so have loads of stamina, this is an ideal dog for a hunter or a very out doors orientated family, needing at least an hour of vigorous exercise every day.
Seriously if you live in an apartment or condo and think going to the fridge to get a burger is exercise enough then this is not the dog for you. All sorts of dog behavioral problems such as howling and destructiveness stem from dogs living in the wrong environments.
Training: American Foxhounds are pretty attentive if they are doing something they enjoy, and can be stubborn if they are not, Relatively easy to train if you can keep their interest. Keep sessions short and not overly or tediously repetitive. The trick is to convince them that they want the same thing as you do.
The American Foxhound is one of Americas’ only native breeds. Developed in Virginia and Maryland from imported European Foxhound type dogs during the 1700-1800’s, at a time when hunting on horseback with dog packs had started to become extremely popular amongst the upper classes of New England. As the sport spread to the southern states, hunters there preferred a dog that could hunt, chase and kill a fox alone as well as give chase to deer.
The breed gradually became more streamlined, able to to hunt foxes both singly and in packs, the American Foxhound is now just as likely to be seen participating in field sports and drag hunts. Though recognised by the AKC since 1886 most foxhounds are registered primarily with specialist organisations such as the International Foxhunter’s Studbook.
The American Foxhound Temperament Is Well Mannered, Amiable, Gentle,Sociable And tolerant.
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Health: Generally healthy but can suffer from problems of congenital deafness, hip dysplasia and blood problems. Finding a reputable breeder and ensuring adequate pet insurance will of course always bring extra peace of mind regards the well being of your furry friend.
Possible problems: Separation anxiety if left alone resulting in problem barking , hard to recall when on the scent
The Ideal Owner Is…active with a capital “A” either a hunter or with a very active family lifestyle, affectionate and with the time and patience to keep his training and activities interesting.
As always if you like this breed, please do the research and ensure that you are choosing the right dog for your own lifestyle. For more information, why not visit this breeds national club
How many registrations per year that are made for this breed. Generally breeds are popular for a reason and high popularity breeds are often a great place to start your search.
How willing and able this breed is to protect you, your family and your home , how territorial they are and how dominant they can be. This is not necessarily a sign of how aggressive the breed is.
Not to be confused with protection/guarding this is how alert , how vocal and how trusting your dog is. Even tiny dogs can make great watchdogs.
Being able to physically manage your dog is a vital consideration, dogs are much stronger than humans pound for pound.
Breed Stats At A Glance: 1-5 Scale 5 is most or best 1 is least or worst
Nearly all dogs are trainable, some breeds however are inherently more stubborn, wilful, lazy or less intelligent than others. Stubborn and stupid is a bad combo, Clever and eager is a good combo!
A variable combination of trainability, inherent temperament, dominance or natural aggression make some breeds less suitable for the novice owner than others.
Older children are much more able to understand how to treat their dog appropriately. Parents must guage the maturity of their own children before choosing a dog.
Very young children are liable to annoy or provoke a dog and can injure smaller ones through rough play. They can themselves be knocked down or accidentally hurt by a larger or over enthusiastic dog.
A combination of how naturally active this breed is and how much daily exercise they will need. Under stimulated dogs can develop unwanted problem behaviours such as excessive barking, chewing and digging.
Some breeds happily live in apartments as long as they get enough daily exercise. Some however need big yards and lots of space. Some breeds bark a lot so think of your neighbours!
Some breeds love nothing more than snuggling up on the couch with you whilst others are much more aloof.
Playfulness represents how eager, willing and exuberant your furry pal will be when it comes to getting down and joining in the fun.
Representing yearly averages as some breeds only shed seasonally, some shed throughout the year, and some hardly shed or dont shed at all.
How much upkeep you will need to do to keep your dog looking their best and being healthy, grooming, brushing, cleaning and bathing etc.
All dogs can suffer health problems. Some breeds however, either through over breeding or inbreeding are more prone to serious congenital disorders than others.
How well does this breed naturally get on with other dogs? Proper socialization will mitigate most intolerance. Intact males generally are more problematic with other intact males
Some breeds have naturally higher prey drives than others, however nearly all dogs can live with small animals providing they are introduced young enough and are well socialized.