At one time, the settlers of the East Coast utilized dogs to seek out various types of prey that were then harvested for food in the virtual wilderness of young America. Typically hounds, these dogs' strong sense of smell made them immensely talented at flushing out prey. However, there were still some who hunted for sport, such as those who hunted foxes, and the Black and Tan Virginia Foxhounds were utilized for this purpose. The breed was later crossed with Bloodhounds to develop a new type of hound, the Black and Tan Coonhound. The Black and Tan Virginia Foxhound is still a hunter at heart and requires a great amount of activity to avoid mischief and lead a happy, healthy life.
The Black and Tan Virginia Foxhound has a rich history as a hunting companion. They are happiest out in the field chasing down a scent. However, this does not mean the breed can't be just as happy indoors with you. Simply plan for many activities which will keep them from becoming bored. Get outdoors when weather permits, but always have fun interactive toys to fall back on, and you'll never see that boredom turn into mischievous behavior.