American Foxhound

American Foxhound
Vital Statistics:
Place of Origin: United States
Group: Scenthound
Height: Males-22-25 in., Females 21-24 in.
Weight: 65-70 lbs
Life span: 10-13 yrs.
Trainability: high
Good with children: yes
Good with other pets: yes, but has high prey drive

August’s Dog of the Month!

George Washington was one of the first owners of this lively, friendly breed.

What are the origins of the American Foxhound?

George Washington was one of the first owners of a pack of American Foxhounds. Washington continued to develop the breed as it looks today. English, French and Irish foxhounds were imported to American in the mid 1600s, settling in different areas. Legend has it that one hound was stolen in the 1850s and brought to Kentucky where it was sold and used as a stud. From this dog came the 3 main strains of Foxhound – Walker, Trigg and Goodman. Virginia declared it state mascot in 1966.

What does the American Foxhound look like?

The American Foxhound looks somewhat like a large Beagle. Height can be anywhere from 21-29 inches tall and weight is 65-75 lbs. The muzzle is long with a black nose. Ears are long and hang down. The large eyes are hazel or brown and set wide apart. The coat is hard, medium length and lies close to the body. Coat colors are red, tri-color, black and tan and blue.

What is the temperament of the American Foxhound?

The American Foxhound, unlike its English cousins, is more people-oriented. It is very lively and likes lots of activity. It is a sweet, friendly dog that loves to play. The Foxhound is good with children and other pets, although it may chase small animals. The Foxhound can easily live in a kennel with other dogs, but is just as happy living at home with the family. As long as it has company, the Foxhound is happy and won’t be destructive. This dog needs to be leashed when walking or in a fenced-in area because if it picks up an interesting scent, nothing will prevent it following that scent, although eventually will return to the family. The Foxhound can be stubborn and since it is so energetic, needs at least 30 minutes daily of vigorous exercise.

What are the uses of the American Foxhound?

The American Foxhound is a scent hound and as the name implies it is used in fox hunting. It also does well in tracking and agility trials. The Foxhound is valued as a companion dog.

Possible Health Issues

A healthy breed with occasional ear infections, hip dysplasia, blood platelet abnormality.


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