American Foxhound Breed Maintenance
Maintaining your American Foxhound is relatively easy if you lead an active lifestyle. The Foxhound’s coat is hard, and he sheds moderately so you don’t have to groom and brush him as often as other breeds. However, brushing your Foxhound can help you bond and reduce the frequency of required baths. Brushing your dog will also help reduce the dog odor smell so often characteristic of hounds. A dog’s skin is far more sensitive than people’s, and the Foxhound should only be bathed when necessary; like after running through the mud. The American Foxhound is made for speed, so he needs a lot of space to run. Without proper exercise, your Foxhound may develop depression and is susceptible to weight gain. Foxhounds, like all other hounds, like to eat so you should measure his food properly and feed him twice daily rather than leave food out for him to prevent overeating. Apartment living is not ideal for the American Foxhound because he needs to run. Exercise will keep your Foxhound mentally and physically healthy. Though the Foxhound is utilized mostly as a pack hunter, he can be very content as a running or cycling companion, but city living is not for this canine. The Foxhound can tolerate any climate, though he does better in cooler climates. Due to his fleet abilities and love of running, your Foxhound can become overheated in warmer climates. Make sure you always have fresh water and shade available to prevent dehydration and overheating.