Facts about American Foxhound Puppies

Are you unsure how to care for American Foxhound puppies, or just want to learn more about this breed?

Maybe you are thinking about buying a dog and want to know if this is the right breed for you?

No matter what your situation may be, you will find the answers to your questions right here!



American Foxhound Information and History

The breed was developed in the late 1700s in the United States, mainly in Maryland, Virginia, and Tennessee.

In the mid 1600s, Robert Brooke sailed to Crown Colony in America with a pack of hound dogs. These dogs later became the foundation of several strains of the American Foxhound.

In the 1700s, hounds from France were brought in to further develop the breed. Some of these dogs were a gift from the Marquis de Lafayette to George Washington, who is considered the father of the American Foxhound. Some of his dogs were named "Drunkard", "Tipler", and "Tipsy".

This is an excellent hunting dog and was, and still is, prized for its stamina. It was developed to hunt fox, singly or in pack.

There is a longstanding rumor that the breed was developed to hunt American Indians, but there is no evidence to substantiate this.

The breed's talents include hunting, tracking, and agility.

Physical Characteristics of American Foxhound Puppies

This is a medium to large-size dog with a muscular body, deep but narrow chest, and long, straight legs. The head is long and has a straight and square muzzle, medium length drop ears, and brown or hazel eyes. The tail is set high and is curved.

The coat is short, harsh, and may be any color.

    Height Weight
  Male 22 - 25 inches 65 - 75 pounds
  Female 21 - 24 inches 65 - 75 pounds


This is an energetic but easygoing dog.

It's friendly, affectionate, loyal, and gets along well with other dogs and children. Friendliness to strangers varies and depends on an individual dog. Like most hounds, it can't be trusted with cats and other small animals.

Some Foxhounds may be overly protective of their households. The breed is also known to be difficult to housebreak.

Like most hounds, the American Fox hound needs plenty of puppy socialization training while he is still young.

While they are not nuisance barkers, Foxhounds have loud, deep voices that carry a great distance.

Best Owner / Living Conditions

Because of its high activity level, this breed is not well suited for an apartment lifestyle. It will do best with an active family living in the suburbs.

Some American Foxhound breeders will interview prospective owners to make sure this is the right breed for them.

Activity and Exercise

This is a very active breed and needs a lot of exercise not only to stay in shape but also to prevent restlessness and destructive behavior.

If you live in a country or have a large fenced yard, your pet can get plenty of exercise by running off leash.

At a minimum, take your pet for several long walks every day.


The American Foxhound is an average shedder.

Brush with a firm bristle brush several times each week. Bathe only when necessary.

Health Concerns

Like all dog breeds, the American Foxhound is susceptible to complications caused by parasites such as dog ticks, fleas, and puppy worms, including tapeworms, roundworms, and heartworms.

Other than that, this is a fairly healthy breed that carries few genetic diseases.

Don't overfeed your pet as the breed has a tendency to gain weight quite easily.

To reduce the risk of health problems, buy only from reputable American Foxhound breeders (visit dog breeders to learn how to identify responsible dog breeders).

No matter how small the risk of health problems is, any puppy may get sick or injured. Many health problems will require an immediate attention from your Vet, but there are many others that will not, and you may handle them on your own.

To save time and money, learn how to diagnose and treat dog health problems that don't require your Vet's attention.

Life Expectancy

The average life expectancy for a healthy American Foxhound puppy is between 10 and 13 years.

Did you ever consider adopting your next pet?

If this is the breed you are interested in, and adoption appeals to you, consider contacting your local American Foxhound rescue. There are thousands of pets waiting for a loving home and, yes, it's possible to adopt a purebred dog.

Puppy Training

Not happy with your pet's behavior? Need help with training your dog for obedience? Then check this American Foxhound Behavior and Obedience Training Guide.

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