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Foxhound


General Information - Foxhound


Group:
Hound

Size:
large

Lifespan:
10-13 years

Exercise:
high

Grooming:
low

Trainability:
very low

Watchdog ability:
high

Protection ability:
medium

Area of Origin:
England

Date of Origin:
1700s

Other Names:
English Foxhound

Original Function:
Trailing fox in packs



History

The Foxhound traces its ancestry back to the St Hubert Hound, and goes back to the 1600's. It was developed specifically to hunt foxes, and so requires great stamina, strength, speed, and scenting powers, not to mention a good "voice". These dogs are pack animals and thrive best with the company of other dogs.

Temperament

The Foxhound is a very active, bold and passionate hunter. Responsive and obedient to his master... but training takes patience. They are friendly with people and excellent with children, but prefer to be in the company of other dogs and do quite well with other animals. The Foxhound likes to play. They are untiring, able to run for hours at a consistent speed, trotting along through brambles, marshes, and sunny countryside for five or six hours without stopping. The Foxhound us typically found only in hunt packs in the UK, USA and Australia but more are finding there way into homes at show dogs and companions. A Foxhound can in the right environment make a good pet however the owner must be prepared to spend time with their hound, it is not a dog to be left on it’s own.

Upkeep

The Foxhound is an easygoing dog that nonetheless needs plenty of exercise. It is bred to run for miles, and it can make a good jogging companion on leash or a hiking companion in a safe area. It can live outdoors in temperate climates as long as it has warm shelter and bedding and, preferably, another Foxhound. The coat needs only occasional brushing to remove dead hair.