Featured Breed : American Foxhound
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American Foxhound

Life Span: 8 to 15 years

Litter Size: 4 to 7

Country of Origin: United States

Size: Males typically stand from 22 to 25 inches at the shoulder, and females stand slightly smaller from 21 to 24 inches. Males weigh in from 65 to 70 pounds, while females generally weigh 60 to 65 pounds.

Coat: American Foxhounds have a hard-textured, medium length coat that lies close to the body. The coat is designed to protect the dog from briars, burrs and brush that are encountered in the hunting field. “No good hound is a bad color,” is an old saying, and it's true. Color is of little importance by breed standard and the coat comes in many colors. All colors and markings are acceptable.

Character: There are many words that can be used to describe the American Foxhound, but the most accurate ones have to do with the fact that this breed is a very tolerant, gentle and friendly dog. This dog should be socialized into family life from the time they are puppies to obtain the best results. Remember that this breed was not originally intended to be family dogs. Due to its hunting genes, this breed is very energetic and remarkably athletic. Lots of time and patience must be invested when training American Foxhounds. Most of these dogs will be reserved with strangers, and they are independent as well. The American Foxhound gets along well with other pets.

Appearance: American Foxhounds are similar to their English forefathers, except that they are taller, lighter-boned and of course faster. Their bodies are large (for a hound), and their heads are long and somewhat domed. Their widely set ears hang close to the cheek, and their eyes are large and expressive. They have medium-length tails that are carried high without curling over the back, and their thin, rough coats can come in almost any color. Overall, American Foxhounds look alert, quick and hardy.

History: The American Foxhound as we know it came from a pack of English hounds brought to America in 1650. A century later, their descendants were bred with a French Hound given to George Washington by General Lafayette. Or, so they say. American Foxhounds were, and still are, considered beloved hunters, competitors and friends.

Health Issues: American Foxhounds are a pretty healthy breed. Hip dysplasia and ear infections are seen occasionally, but not frequently enough to be considered a concern. Other conditions include a platelet disorder called thrombocytopathy, and a white blood cell disorder called Pelger-Huet anomaly.

Temperament: The tolerant, gentle, and friendly American Foxhound can be reserved, especially around strangers. And though not considered a traditional house pet, the American Foxhound is well behaved indoors, getting along with other household dogs or pets. A natural born hunter, it will also dash on the trail of a scent, sometimes even without receiving a command.

Care: The American Foxhound’s coat is very easy to maintain, just the occasional brushing to clear the dead hair. It loves the outdoors and may prefer to live outside, provided there is warm bedding and shelter. Its daily exercise requirements can be met with a jog or long leash-led walk.

Training: The American Foxhound is typically difficult to housebreak. Moderate socialization is needed to keep them from being aloof or timid. The American Foxhound does best with fairness, firmness, routine, and consistency in training.

Activity: American Foxhounds are a very active breed and needs daily walks or runs to keep them from becoming restless and perhaps even vicious. Any running off the leash should only be undertaken in a secure and safe location. They are not suitable for small homes as they tend to be very lively when indoors, and need access to a generous garden or yard since it likes to run a lot and follow scents. And because of their considerable size, they often live outdoors under temperate weather conditions, with beddings and a warm shelter.

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