One of America's oldest dog breeds, it is thought that the Foxhound, or one of its early hound forebears, was originally introduced to the States by Robert Brooke in 1650, being officially recognised by the American Kennel Club in 1886. Believed to be the result of crossing between the French and English hounds, the Foxhound was traditionally utilised in hunting foxes, deer and coyote due to its agility, acute sense of smell and stamina. The importation of hounds from England, Ireland and France saw a resurgence in the 19th century, supported by the newly established Gloucester Foxhunting Club and the Baltimore Hunt Club. Admired by George Washington, the American Foxhound has enjoyed great popularity throughout its existence, both as a hunter and show dog.
This athletically built breed possesses a proportionate body structure, with straight, muscular legs, broad ears framing the face, a high-set tail and a short, hard coat in colour variations of white, brown and tan. The largely non-shedding coat makes it a low maintenance dog with minimal care requirements. In line with its heritage, the Foxhound is a breed requiring regular exercise, accustomed as it is to enduring the chase over difficult terrain. Characteristically leaner and faster than its cousin, the English Foxhound. Possessing a melodious bark, typically exercised when on the hunt.
Uncommon as a house pet, the Foxhound is a tireless and sociable breed, usually kept in kennels along with the hunt pack. Such is not a reflection on its nature, however, as Foxhounds are amongst the most loyal, obedient and affectionate of breeds. Compatible with children and other domestic pets when introduced gradually, the Foxhound makes a great addition to any home setting. The average, healthy Foxhound will weigh between 29-34 kg with slight discrepancies across gender, with a life expectancy of 10-12 years when shown appropriate care.
Generally healthy and resilient throughout their lives, the American Foxhound is not susceptible to any known genetic diseases or afflictions. That said, the breed is prone to easy weight gain so feeding human foods is not encouraged for this reason.
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