Close, hard hound coat; medium length.
Although sweet and gentle at home, when out with the pack the American Foxhound is all business. The field-bred American Foxhound thrives on pack life. Those bred for the show ring are more amenable to life in the home, where they can still be aloof with strangers and will be happy to "cry" - a foxhunting term for baying loudly and long.
American Foxhounds need space and plenty of room to run. This means that an apartment may not be ideal for them. However, if you are dedicated to getting your Foxhound out for plenty of exercise, he can adjust to urban living. Keep in mind that they enjoy using their voice, which may not please your neighbors. They are pack animals and don't do well if left alone for long periods - they need your attention. A fenced-in yard is ideal, but if you don't have one, you can get by with long walks on leash.
It's no surprise that the American Foxhound excels at hunting trials - it's what he was born and bred to do.
The American Foxhound needs plenty of exercise - he was bred to be out for six to eight hours on a single hunt, often hunting several times a week. If not exercised enough, he can become destructive.
The American Foxhound needs a balanced, high-quality diet to stay healthy. He has a tendency to gain weight easily, so feeding a nutritious diet is even more important.
The Foxhound is extremely scent driven and could be considered "focus challenged" when it comes to doing what his owner wants him to do. Patience is required when teaching this hound basic manners. He can be difficult to housetrain as well.
The American Foxhound is mild mannered and gets along well with children. Used to living in packs, they can usually live harmoniously with other dogs. They can't always be trusted with smaller animals, especially the field-bred Foxhounds.
The average life span of the American Foxhound is 10 to 13 years. Breed health concerns may include deafness; eye problems; hip dysplasia; and thrombocytopathy.
The American Foxhound's short coat requires only occasional brushing with a stiff brush or hound glove and bathing only if absolutely necessary.
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