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American Foxhound

Description

The American Foxhound is a popular breed of large, handsome dog that originated in the United States. It belongs to the Hound breed family which is known for their incomparable hunting skills. American Foxhounds have been bred to trail foxes. Their short, hard coat usually comes in any color; typically of white, black, and bi or tricolor patterns.

Height and Weight

Both the male and female members of the American Foxhound breed normally stand a height of about 21 to 25 in at the withers, and weigh approximately 65 to 75 lbs.

Temperament

American Foxhounds, in general, are gentle yet brave, and intense hunters. They are sweet, loving, and affectionate. They make excellent companions for children, and tend to relate well with other dogs. Nonetheless, the breed is rarely trusted around non-canine animals. Their friendly disposition towards strangers varies widely. American Foxhound dogs love to bay, and possess a melodious bark that is often used in famous songs. Because of their history as outdoor pack kennel breeds, they rarely make good household pets. To keep them from developing behavior issues, a firm but calm, and self-assured handler needs to lead them.

Grooming

Foxhound’s coat is hard and usually medium in length. It is easy to maintain, and may only require occasional brushing to get rid of dead hair. Shampoo the breed only when needed. Foxhounds are average shedders.

Health Concerns

Members of the American Foxhound breed are commonly free from most genetic complications. Nevertheless, they are still prone to suffer from deafness, bleeding disorders, and spinal problems. With proper care, nutrition, and exercise, the breed can live for as long as 10 to 13 years.

Best Environment

American Foxhounds are basically best suited to live outdoors under temperate climates with warm shelter. Because the breed is very sociable, constant human or animal companionship is highly necessary. Their excessive energy levels require owners to expose them to constant activities. This also makes them unsuitable for apartment-living. More often than not, Foxhounds are happiest when living in rural landscapes that let them freely roam and explore. In terms of exercise, they are quite demanding. Long walks and a few rambles will be great for them. Off-leash activities are also recommended in a safe and fenced yard.

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