American Foxhound

History/Evolution:

A native U.S. breed, the American Foxhound traces its origins to the late 1600s and early 1700s, when it was developed from various Hound breeds imported from France, England, and Ireland. George Washington, who ran a breeding program for the breed, is sometimes called the father of the American Foxhound. Although the breed’s great speed and agility have made it a popular choice for hunters, the American Foxhound has experienced limited popularity as a pet for nonhunters.


Size:

Large, 40 to 65 pounds; females 21 to 24 inches; males 22 to 25 inches.

Color:

Any.

Temperament:

Tolerant, gentle, amiable; reserved with strangers, but can be a well-mannered household companion.

A hunter at heart; may be stubborn or independent.

Energy level:

High.

Best owner:

Active owner in suburban or rural area.

Needs:

Daily exercise (long walks or runs), fenced yard, minimal brushing to remove dead hair, tolerance of baying, companionship, a patient trainer.

Life expectancy:

11 to 13 years.