Facts about English Foxhound Puppies

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

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

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



History of English Foxhounds

The breed, also known simply as Foxhound, was developed in Great Britain more than 200 years ago. The modern English Foxhound was created from crosses of various local hounds and later a Bulldog (for tenacity), Greyhound (for speed) and Fox Terrier (for hunting instinct).

The breeding of Foxhounds has always been in the hands of the master of the hounds, who kept careful records of their breeding operations. The English stud books, with breeding history dating back to early 1800s, were published by the Masters of Foxhounds Association.

With hunters following on horseback, these dogs were used in packs to hunt fox. Because of its selective breeding, the Foxhound has great stamina, speed and a good nose. It can also be easily trained to hunt almost any ground game.

Some of the English Foxhound's additional talents include tracking and agility. It also makes a good watchdog.

The first entries in the English Foxhound Stud Book of America date back to 1890 but the first Foxhounds appeared in the United States at least 20 years earlier.

Physical Characteristics of Foxhound Puppies

This is a medium to large dog with an athletic body. It's similar in appearance to an American Foxhound but the English version is shorter and much stouter in appearance.

The English Foxhound has a large head with a pronounced brow, a long and wide muzzle, large brown eyes, and low-set ears that are often "rounded" by removing about a 1 1/2 inches at the end.

The neck should be long and taper nicely from shoulders to head. The back must be muscular. The legs are straight and the feet are round and catlike.

The coat is short, dense, hard, and shiny. It comes in a variety of colors common to hounds, such as white, black, and tan, or any combination of these three. Various "pies" compounded of white and the color of the hare and badger, or yellow and tan are also common.

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


The Foxhound is an energetic and enthusiastic breed. It's gentle, gets along well with other animals, especially dogs, enjoys human companionship and gets along well with children.

This is a dog that loves to explore and learn new things. Even when facing someone they don't know, instead of barking or being aggressive, it will want to investigate what that individual is all about.

Like many hounds, the Foxhound is an independent breed and can be stubborn. Because of these traits, it may be harder to train and require a more patient owner than some other breeds.

Being a very active and tireless breed, it enjoys to run and will run all day until completely exhausted.

I mentioned earlier that the English Foxhound gets along well with humans and animals. Well, while it gets along well with humans, it's a lot more comfortable with other dogs. This is probably due to their breeding to hunt in packs.

There are two types of Foxhounds -- field lines and show lines. Field lines are extremely active. Show lines, while still very active, are not as active as field lines and make better pets.

Best Owner / Living Conditions

The Foxhound requires a patient and very active owner.

Because it's a very active breed and loves to run, it will do best in a suburban or rural setting. A fenced yard is preferred.

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

Activity and Exercise

The English Foxhound is a very energetic breed and needs plenty of exercise to be happy. As a matter of fact, without enough exercise it can become restless and destructive.

At a minimum, it requires several long walks every day.

If you are into jogging or bicycle riding, take your pet along (always on leash). This breed is tireless and can run for hours.

Your pet can also get plenty of exercise by running in a fenced yard.

Grooming your English Foxhound

These dogs are average shedders. Brush once or twice a week with a firm bristle brush to remove dead hair.

Bathe or use dry shampoo when necessary.

Health Concerns

Like all dog breeds, the English Foxhound is susceptible to complications caused by parasites such as ticks, fleas, and worms. Other than that, this is a generally healthy breed.

Buy only from reputable English Foxhound breeders to reduce the risk of health problems (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. 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 English Foxhound puppy is between 10 and 12 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 English 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 dog behavior and obedience training guide.

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