American Foxhound

American Foxhound At a Glance

Country of Origin:

United States

Breed Group:

AKC (Hound);  CKC (Hounds); FCI (Scenthounds); UKC (Scenthound)


Large. Weight: Male: 70-75; Female: 65-70 lbs; Height: Male: 22-25 Female: 21-24 inches


The coat of this breed is medium in length. The coat is weather-proof, hard in texture and lies close to the body. The breed is an average shedder.


Black, white, tan in either a bi-color or tri-color pattern

Life Span:

12 to 13 years

Breed Profile

Affection Level – 80
Barking Tendencies – 100
Cat Friendly – 70
Cold Weather Tolerance – 70
Exercise Needs – 100
General Health – 100
Grooming Needs – 20
Hot Weather Tolerance – 80
Intelligence – 60
Kid Friendly – 10
Playfulness – 100
Shedding Level – 40
Social Needs – 90
Watchdog Ability – 100

Did You Know?

The American Foxhound is the type of dog that was born to run.


The American Foxhound is one of the kindest and loyal dog breeds in the world. He loves running so much therefore he can be a great jogging partner. His kindness makes him an excellent dog for families. The average height of an American Foxhound is 1 foot 9 inches  to 1  foot, 11 inches weighing about 40 to 65 pounds. They have a lifespan of 10 to 13 years.


The American Foxhound is the type of dog that was born to run. As an owner you need to make sure that your dog will get all the space he requires for his exercises. You need to make sure that he can consume his energy or else he can easily become bored and a bit aggressive. The American Foxhound has an independent spirit so obedience training is very important for this breed. He likes to socialize with your family and friends and you shouldn’t stop him doing this. If you want to keep you dog safe when walking him you must make sure to keep him in a leash. Don’t worry, he will not attack other dogs, but because he is very spontaneous and like to run without any reason he might get hit by a car.

These dogs, like most dogs, are kid friendly so it shouldn’t be a problem if there will be kids surrounding him. They like to feel that they are part of your family and they expect to be treated the same way you treat a child. This dog breed is courageous and formidable during a hunt. This dog breed does well with children and other dogs, but not other non-canine pets. They are not ideally suitable as house pets due to their breeding as pack hounds.

The breed is a relatively healthy breed, but has a tendency to gain weight if overfed and under-exercised.

American Foxhound Activity & Training:

American Foxhounds are not that hard to train like other dog breeds. They can learn new commands easy enough and don’t require special attention when training like, for example, the Afghan Hound requires.

This dog breed has tremendous stamina. He is a keen hunter known for its ability to follow a scent.  As an active hunting dog, they will follow any scent without commands. They are tolerant, social, amiable and active dogs.

This dog breed is not recommended for apartment living. This dog breed is a lively and energetic that barks melodiously. This breed requires a great deal of exercise to prevent restless and destructive behavior . They do best in a rural setting or a large securely-fenced yard.

American Foxhound Grooming:

You should expect your American Foxhound to shed a decent amount of hair. If you want to prevent having too much hair all around the house basic brushing is required every now and then.

This dog breed doesn’t have special grooming requirements. The most important things you need it take care of is brushing his coat every now and then and daily exertion. This dog should only be bathed when absolutely necessary. Their ears need to be checked frequently for debris.

American Foxhound History:

The root of several strains of American Hounds was brought in America in 1650 by Robert Brooke one of the first European settlers. George Washington was one of the early American breeders. He kept a pack of American Foxhounds with him at Mount Vernon and always tried to improve his dogs.

A sleek, athletic and energetic breed. The American Foxhound is a direct descendant of English and French hounds. This dog breed was used during the seventeenth century to seek out Indians. In later years, these dogs were revered for their talent at hunting wild animals. This breed was never intended solely a companion. They were a popular breed among the wealthy who enjoyed fox hunting.

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