English Foxhound

55-75 lbs
Great Britain

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 Purpose
hunting fox
history Date of Origin
ancestry Ancestry
hound, fox terrier, bulldog, greyhound

English Foxhound Health

Sketch of English Foxhound
Average Size
Male English Foxhound size stats
Height: 23-27 inches Weight: 55-75 lbs
Female English Foxhound size stats
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.

Appearance of English Foxhound
Eye Color Possibilities
hazel English Foxhound eyes
brown English Foxhound eyes
Nose Color Possibilities
black English Foxhound nose
Coat Color Possibilities
black English Foxhound coat
white English Foxhound coat
brown English Foxhound coat
pied English Foxhound coat
Coat Length
Short Medium Long
Coat Density
coat density
Sparse Normal Dense
Coat Texture
coat texture
English Foxhound wiry 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
Slicker Brush
Nail Clipper
Nail Clipper
Brushing Frequency
fur daily fur weekly fur monthly
English Foxhound requires weekly brushing
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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 activity medium activity high activity
Low Medium High
Rec. Walk Mileage Per Week
10 miles
walk mileage
Minutes of Activity Per Day
60 minutes
activity minutes

English Foxhound Food Consumption

Cups Per Day
3 cups
cup per day cost cup per day cost cup per day cost
Daily Cost
$1.20 - $1.40
food bowls daily cost
Monthly Cost
$34.00 - $45.00
food bag monthly cost

English Foxhound Height & Weight

6 Months
Sketch of English Foxhound at six months
Male English Foxhound size stats at six months
Height: 18.0 inches Weight: 35.0 lbs
Female English Foxhound size stats at six months
Height: 18.0 inches Weight: 35.0 lbs
12 Months
Sketch of English Foxhound at 12 months
Male English Foxhound size stats at 12 months
Height: 25.0 inches Weight: 55.0 lbs
Female English Foxhound size stats at 12 months
Height: 25.0 inches Weight: 55.0 lbs
18 Months
Sketch of English Foxhound at 18 months
Male English Foxhound size stats at 18 months
Height: 25.0 inches Weight: 65.0 lbs
Female English Foxhound size stats at 18 months
Height: 25.0 inches Weight: 65.0 lbs

English Foxhound Owner Experiences

2 Years
2 People
Go to Park
Wary of new adults, ADORES children Loves to chase Everything (i.e. cats, squirrels, leaves) 150% stubborn
6 years, 3 months ago
5 Months
5 People
we actually got him as a puppy and were told he was a beagle. he is very stobborn and is more difficult than a beagle but we love him
5 years, 4 months ago
9 Years
2 People
House & Yard
Laying in the sun
Kendra was a working hound in the kennels for the first 6 years of her life which is where I first met her. She retired to my couch in Dec 2017 and has never looked back. She was easy to crate train, got the hang of house breaking pretty quickly - she is highly food motivated but has never attempted to counter surf. She has a cat brother but does not bother him other than whining at him to try to play (he never does). I can walk her reliably off leash thanks to all her hunting commands though she does need repeating as sometimes she doesn’t think I mean it 😑. She spends 98% of her time sleeping on the couch. Loves everyone she meets, surprisingly doesn’t bark and took to busy city life like it was where she has been all her life.
4 years, 10 months ago
9 Months
5 People
House & Yard
Gracie was a stray and had lived in the wild more than half of her life. Her old owners had abandoned her. She is very active. She likes to play, run around outside, and play with her brother Cooper. (Red heeler/Beagle mix) She is very naughty and jumps a LOT. Her coloring is black and brown with a little bit of white. Yes she was breed to hunt foxes but she does not like hunting.
3 years, 7 months ago
8 Years
2 People
House & Yard
Playing and running
We rescued Rex when he was about 7 He has given us lots of love and joy. Since we are retired I really enjoy just chilling with Rex. He is so loving.
3 years, 6 months ago
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I've been given a dog and I am told it's a foxhound. I am famiar with the appearance of a foxhound but this one is different in many ways which leads me to believe that the dog I was given is not a foxhound but a cross bread. For a start its nose is brown, not black. It's colours is white and a liver brown. This leads me to believe it is a cross between a hound of a sort and a liver Springer. It doesn't have any black or tan in its colours. My opinion is that it is a cross breed of a Springer Spaniel and an English pointer. What's your opinion? I can send you photos if you want.... Dave.

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