The American Foxeagle is new to the hybrid dog arena and still being refined, but with both parent breeds being similar in nature and talents, it is realistic to assume the new breed carries similar traits. Both parent breeds (American Foxhound and Beagle) have excellent noses for either hunting or detection work which will have been carried on in the American Foxeagle. The body shape looks mostly like the American Foxhound, but the color and face look more like the Beagle. Some have said it looks like a Beagle with long legs! The coat is short and smooth haired being easy to groom. The nature of the American Foxeagle is affectionate, gentle, and intensely loyal and he makes a great family companion dog. Although always willing to please, he may take off after a great scent if not leashed and not heed the master’s call, so be sure to use caution when walking in busy areas.
The American Foxeagle is a designer breed that is very rare, and little is known about the specific history and traits of this dog. Both parent breeds (the Beagle and the American Foxhound) came from England and were used as hunting dogs because of their excellent noses that could track prey tirelessly. It was around the 1750s that both parent breeds were introduced into America, and soon after became very popular breeds of dogs. The documentation states that the American Foxhound was used to track Indians and later became an excellent hunter of game animals. There is little information about the parentage of each breed used to create this new hybrid, but as they come from working dogs that love to track, it is easy to say the American Foxeagle will continue along these lines. Both parent breeds are energetic dogs and love to serve their owners. They learn quickly and take well to training, with plenty of praise and rewards they are motivated to please their owners. Both dogs are great in family settings and get on well with young children. The American Foxeagle typically takes the best of the traits from the parent lineage to produce a keen, affectionate, active dog that is perhaps less inclined to chase off after a scent and more inclined to listen and obey their humans. With their nature, they will want to be with their family and involved in outings and fun around the home. This hybrid is attractive to look at, taller in stature than the Beagle, but more refined in appearance.
The American Foxeagle is a new hybrid breed still undergoing refinement, but it is safe to say that that the new breed will exhibit the main characteristics from its parent breeds. The refined Hound look of the Beagle will soften the American Foxhound’s characteristics while the taller stature of the Foxhound will add longer legs to produce a dog that is slightly taller than the average Beagle. Large brown eyes set well apart are common features of both parent breeds, with a broad black nose with full nostrils still maintaining a superior sense of smell for detection work. The body of the American Foxeagle will be strong and muscular although sleek. With rounded feet and a tail held at a moderate height, this new breed is an attractive combination of both parent breeds in a medium sized dog package.
It is safe to say that the American Foxeagle will be an active and inquisitive dog that loves to be involved in all family activities. The instinct to hunt is still fresh in this dog’s history, so it should not be trusted with non-canine pets unless socialised with them at a very young age. The parent dog, the American Foxhound, is more of a pack kennel hound and doesn’t make the greatest indoor pet due to this history, but the new hybrid will be mellowed by the addition of the Beagle inclusion, be more people inclined, and better suited as a house dog. With both parent breeds instinctively prone to react to an enticing scent, the new hybrid may need a few more generations of careful breeding to notice any difference in following a scent. The American Foxeagle will be a reliable, affectionate, loving dog, excellent with children, and protective in tricky situations. This dog needs plenty of daily exercise to keep him fit and healthy and to avoid any behavioral issues (boredom or separation anxiety).
Both parent dogs of the American Foxeagle have a high energy level; the new hybrid will continue in this manner. This hybrid loves to play ball, solve problems (seeking games are fun) and run. Keep your dog on the leash when out walking, just in case he finds an intriguing scent; otherwise, he may take off and disappear leaving you behind and ignoring all your frantic commands. If you like bike riding, this is an excellent time to introduce your dog to the sport, you can cycle while your dog runs along at your side and that way you both get fit. The American Foxeagle has an amazing sense of smell, and loves to explore, but they also enjoy to being with the family so be certain to ensure that the dog is part of family life. They respond well to firm but fair training and thrive on reassurance and praise.