English Foxhound

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55-75 lbs
23-27"
Great Britain
Foxhound

The English Foxhound is a healthy breed with very few congenital or hereditary illnesses. The breed was developed back in 1750 by mixing several kinds of hounds with other breeds to get a dog that could track a fox. They are a medium sized dog about 25 inches tall and 55 to 75 pounds. They come in many color combinations and they are built for endurance rather than speed. With their large brown eyes and gentle expression, the English Foxhound looks sweet and friendly. Although they were bred for hunting fox, they are also excellent companion pets and watchdogs. However, they can be noisy because they like to bay.

Purpose
hunting fox
Date of Origin
1700s
Ancestry
hound, fox terrier, bulldog, greyhound

English Foxhound Health

Average Size
Height: 23-27 inches Weight: 55-75 lbs
Height: 23-27 inches Weight: 55-75 lbs
Major Concerns
  • Epilepsy
  • Spinal Disorder
Minor Concerns
  • Deafness
  • Hip Dysplasia
Occasional Tests
  • Hearing
  • Blood Test
  • X-Rays
  • Physical Examination

English Foxhound Breed History

In the middle of the 1700s, fox hunters wanted a dog that could track and chase a fox for long periods of time. To do this, they crossed a variety of hounds such as the Bloodhound, Deerhound, Greyhound, and Staghound with the Fox Terrier, Whippet, and Bulldog to create the English Foxhound. At that time, this was a sport for the wealthy men who became more interested in running with their English Foxhounds than hunting foxes. They started breeding them in certain color combinations and markings to create attractive packs that contained 50 hounds or more. This became a popular pastime and then a business as more and more people of royalty began to buy these dogs for packs. They were brought to the United States by colonists from Britain in the 17th century. After the English Foxhound came to the United States in the late 1700s, American breeders crossed them with other dogs to create an American Foxhound. The English Foxhound was officially listed by the American Kennel Club in 1909 but is still not popular as a pet or show dog. They are one of four Foxhound breeds, which include the American Foxhound, Dumfriesshire Foxhound, and the Black and Tan Virginia Foxhound. They do make good house pets but are still happier being a part of a working or hunting pack and they get along well with other dogs. They are rare in the United States because the American Foxhound is much more popular. Some of the more famous owners of English Foxhounds include George Washington and Thomas Lord Fairfax from Virginia.

English Foxhound Breed Appearance

The English Foxhound is a careful balance of good looks, talent, and stamina. With straight, muscular legs, a strong, level back, and deep chest, they are ready for hunting or running any time you want. They have a long neck, full sized, flat head, large nose with big nostrils, pronounced brow, low lying rounded ears, complete scissor bite, and medium sized brown or hazel eyes. The coat is short, shiny, weatherproof, and dense in any color combination of hound colors. These colors include white, tan, and black. However, there is also a color combination of white and yellow and just plain white as well. Their feet are rounded and cat-like with a strong horn and knuckles while their legs should be strong and straight. The English Foxhound has a long tail that is carried upright but usually not curled over the back. In addition, they are shorter than the other Foxhounds at only about 25 inches tall.

Eye Color Possibilities
Hazel
Brown
Nose Color Possibilities
Black
Coat Color Possibilities
Pied
Brown
White
Black
Coat Length
Short Medium Long
Coat Density
Sparse Normal Dense
Coat Texture
Straight Wiry Wavy Curly Corded

English Foxhound Breed Maintenance

The English Foxhound only needs to be brushed once a week with a rubber curry brush or hound mitt. This helps remove any dead hair to control shedding. It also helps distribute the oils from the skin, which conditions the coat naturally. You can bathe your English Foxhound as needed. Use a mild dog shampoo and conditioner approved by your veterinary care provider. During grooming, you should check their eyes for discharge or other issues and look at your dog’s ears to check for wax, dirt, and other debris. Because their ears are pendulous, they can have a tendency to hold moisture and cause infections such as otitis media. Yeast infections and mites are also common in dogs with pendulous ears. You may need to trim your dog’s nails once a month or so, depending on your dog. This can be done at home with a veterinary approved nail grinder or clipper or you can have it done by your veterinarian. Brush your dog’s teeth daily to prevent tooth decay and bad breath.

Brushes for English Foxhound
Slicker Brush
Nail Clipper
Brushing Frequency
Daily Weekly Monthly

English Foxhound Temperament

Although the English Foxhound was bred to be a hunter, they are excellent with children and other pets. They are gentle and affectionate with just about anyone but they can be a bit wary of newcomers. It may take some time to acclimate your English Foxhound with new friends but, once they know you they are your friend for life. Training your new dog can be time consuming and may take a lot of patience. This breed is a bit hard headed and likes to do things her own way but she will eventually come around and do what she is supposed to be doing. If you live in an apartment, your neighbors may complain about your dog baying at the moon or just baying for no reason when you are not home. Therefore, you may want to try alternative ways of controlling this habit. Talk to your veterinary care provider about this issue if needed. The English Foxhound is a pack animal and enjoys being with other dogs or other pets. However, since they are bred to hunt, they may see other animals as prey such as stray cats, squirrels, and of course, foxes.
Activity Level
Low Medium High
Rec. Walk Mileage Per Week
10 miles
Minutes of Activity Per Day
60 minutes

English Foxhound Food Consumption

Cups Per Day
3 cups
Daily Cost
$1.2 - $1.4
Monthly Cost
$34 - $45

English Foxhound Height & Weight

6 Months
Height: 18 inches Weight: 35 lbs
Height: 18 inches Weight: 35 lbs
12 Months
Height: 25 inches Weight: 55 lbs
Height: 25 inches Weight: 55 lbs
18 Months
Height: 25 inches Weight: 65 lbs
Height: 25 inches Weight: 65 lbs

English Foxhound Owner Experiences