English Foxhound

History/Evolution:

Breeding records for the English Foxhound date back to the late 1700s in Great Britain, where the breed was developed to have great stamina and trailing skills. By the late 1800s, foxhunting had become extremely popular with the wealthy, who built up great fanfare around the hunts. The English Foxhound was brought to the U.S. and bred with other dogs to create the American Foxhound. Many people still regard the English Foxhound as the first choice when pursuing a traditional hunt.


Size:

Large, 24 to 26 inches; females 60 to 80 pounds; males 75 to 90 pounds.

Color:

Hound colors: black, tan, and white.

Temperament:

A pack Hound at heart; can be strong, stubborn, and independent. Amiable, gentle, tolerant. Reserved with strangers.

Energy level:

High.

Best owner:

Active, patient owner in a rural or suburban house.

Needs:

Daily exercise (long leashed hikes) and activity to prevent boredom and destructive behaviors, fenced yard, consistent obedience training, companionship, occasional brushing.

Life expectancy:

10 to 13 years.