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American Foxhound

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Dog Breed Group
Hound Dogs 
Origin of Breed
United States, hunting dog 
Life Expectancy
12-13 years 
Color
All colors. 
Coat
The close, hard Hound coat is of medium length. The tail has a very slight brush. 
Exercise Needs
Has a high energy level and will require daily exercise. 
Good with Children
The Foxhound is excellent with children, and will, in fact, bond with the entire family. Gets along with other pets. 
Grooming Needs
Needs minimal grooming of his short coat. 
Average Size - Male (in)
22 - 25 
Average Size - Female (in)
21 - 24 
Average Weight - Male (lbs)
60 - 70 
Average Weight - Female (lbs)
60 - 70 
Health Issues
A natural breed, he has minimal health problems. Possible deafness and hip dysplasia.v
Living Conditions
Large house, but bred for outdoor activity. 

Breed Description

Distinguished from his English cousins by his finer bones, more leg length and more angulated hindquarters. The American Foxhound was not bred to be a family pet, but if he is well socialized as a young pup he will adapt to family life. He has a tendency to want to roam, but will adapt to his environment if properly cared for. Favored as a hunting dog he has a keen nose and a remarkable talent to instinctively bark on the fox's trail. He is exceptionally athletic and is very willing to work. The American Foxhound is descended from the English Foxhound. He was brought into the United States by Robert Brooke in the 1650's. He was later crossed with other British and French hounds and used to chase fox, coyote and deer.

Breed Infobits

The American Foxhound was developed in colonial America, using the English Foxhound as a base. Irish, French and other hounds are thought to have been used in the breed's refinement.

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