English Foxhound Description
They have a very athletic build, and appear to very elegant, especially when they run. They have wide heads with generally large brown or black eyes. Their ears lay flat and are often shortened in dogs that will be used for hunting when the pup is still very young. Their legs are straight and they have rounded feet which helps them to run and keep their balance. Their coats are short and harsh. A true English Foxhound’s coat is usually tri-colored with black, white, and tan.
The English Foxhound was developed by mixing various hounds and were subsequently carefully bred with the Greyhound, the Bulldog, and the Fox Terrier to help with agility, speed, and temperament. This breed is used to hunt and chase foxes and other smaller prey animals. Today they are still used for fox hunting, tracking, as watchdogs, and are a favorite in agility competitions.
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The English Foxhound has a very pleasant temperament. They are far less needy than other hound breeds tend to be and they are very active and playful. They are obedient and always aim to please their owners. They can be a bit slow to learn at times, so training these dogs usually takes patience. They are friendly with all the people and especially with children. An English Foxhound loves to play with other dogs and is never aggressive. The breed has even been known to play with cats and other small animals. It is this laid back and playful temperament that makes them a great choice for families that have younger children.
The English Foxhound is known to be the healthiest of all of the hound breeds but still requires check-ups with the vet every year to keep them healthy.
English Foxhounds are a very active breed and thus require a great deal of exercise. They are never recommended for apartment living. They need large areas to run free and play with other dogs. Often backyards prove to not be large enough to suit them. They do best on large farm areas. They need extensive running to be happy.
Special Grooming Needs
The short, hard coat is easy to care for. Comb and brush with a firm bristled brush, and shampoo only when necessary. This breed is an average shedder.