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English Foxhound

Origin: England

AKC Group: Hound

Height: 23 inches (Male)

Weight: 65 pounds (Male)

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Male height: 
23 inches
Male weight: 
65 pounds
Short, hard, glossy, dense.
Black, tan, white, any combination of these colors, "pies" comprising white and various colors of the hare and badger, or yellow, or tan.

When foxhunting became the rage in England in the 13th century, a hound was needed specifically for trailing the fast and wily red fox. The trailing hounds of the St. Hubert/Bloodhound type were just too slow for this sport, although their blood formed the basis for the English Foxhound. Crosses were made to faster, lighter hounds and perhaps even to Greyhounds in order to increase speed. In England, the Foxhound is followed by mounted horsemen, and the dog must be fast, with tremendous endurance. These hounds also need good voice, drive, and enthusiasm. For many years, each hunt developed its own style of hound, and type was inconsistent. But by 1800, many large standardized packs existed, and the meticulous records kept by each individual estate's Master of Hounds were incorporated in the Masters of Foxhounds Association (MFHA), to which most English Foxhounds can trace their pedigrees back more than 150 years.

The English Foxhound is a noble fellow who is the epitome of a hunting dog. Pack hounds are so active, athletic and scent-driven that they can have a tough time transitioning to home and hearth. There are show lines of English Foxhounds whose temperaments are better suited to indoor living, and it's essential that a prospective owner explore these first. As the quintessential pack animal, the English Foxhound generally gets along well with others, and he is a gentle and affectionate dog.
At home: 
Even the show lines of the English Foxhound, which tend to be less driven than the field type, are not well suited to apartment life. They can adapt to the suburbs, provided they are given enough exercise and mental stimulation. This is a tireless breed, and it will become destructive if its needs are not satisfied. They are all-weather dogs and don't mind the wet or cold.
English Foxhounds who are born into hunting packs demand the exercise that the hunt provides. Those bred for show and companionship still need to have their strong desire for hunting in the great outdoors satisfied, and this is accomplished through plenty of exercise.
A high-quality diet is essential for the English Foxhound. This is not a breed used to human-style treats and snacks, which can cause digestive upset.
Socialization and patient training should start at puppyhood for this dog, not because he is difficult to get along with or unintelligent but because he is pack oriented and scent driven, which can make listening to his owner secondary to his own instincts.
Although friendly with most people, including children, the English Foxhound seems to prefer the company of other dogs. He can get along with other pets if socialized to them.
The average life span of the English Foxhound is 9 to 11 years. Breed health concerns may include epilepsy; hip dysplasia; and kidney disease.
Fun fact: 

Many foxhunters in the United States used English Foxhounds to craft foxhounds suited to their particular terrains. These include the American Foxhound, as well as other types of foxhounds, coonhounds and scenthounds.

Grooming blurb: 
The always dapper-looking English Foxhound is easy to keep clean with occasional brushing with a hound glove.
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