The American Foxhound is the ideal pet of rural areas for their ability to stay outdoors while running and chasing vigorously. They are much suited in large farmhouses, however can do well in smaller areas. The dog tends to be soft, mild tempered, playful and easy going when in family. They get along well with children and most of the pets but would be more sociable if grown together from their puppyhood. This breed needs regular exercises to stay satisfied while its coat is easy to groom, however they offer challenges to owner in training and demand peak patience and consistency. Reserved with strangers, they are stubborn but intelligent and independent with a little noisy trait.
The American Foxhound is high standing dog with slighter of bones and slim body. The build is more angular at rear and arch over the loin. This structure contributes towards its greater speed and agility while hunting over rough terrain. They sound a melodious voice when trailing. The dog is protected by its hard and close to the body coat of many solid colors from the severity of environment. The characteristics of this breed are ideal for countryside areas, the dog excels in field trials competitions while warm companion of farmers and hunters. The gait is slightly quick but powerful with good reach and drive. The dog holds gentle and noble expression while keen and friendly.
The breed of 1700s, the American Foxhound was originated in Virginia and Maryland, possibly descended from English Hounds brought to USA in 1650. George Washington played an important role in development of this breed and had referenced the hounds in his journals. The dog was gifted to George Washington by Lafayette a French soldier. This breed was enhanced by contribution from the Walker, Trigg and Goodman melodies of foxhounds. The dog has French and English influence and had proven as efficient, untiring and fearless hunter of wild animals. The breed is exceptional in sensing the scents while extraordinarily fast chaser. They hold great stamina and strength. Some of its talents are hunting, tacking, trailing and agility. This dog is amongst the early registered breeds; they were recognized by AKC in 1886 and were placed in hounds group. The breed is found very rare even in its areas of origin. This breed is faster in running but slow in learning as compared to English Foxhounds.
The sweet and affectionate, American Foxhounds are extremely good with kids and excellent partner of dogs, however they are aggressive to cats. It is better option to keep cats separately otherwise well socialized with them. Alike this, the dog is not trustworthy with rest of the non-canine pets. They stay aloof of strangers, slightly timidity is observed when among the unknown peoples. They do not make effective watchdogs. The do not try to dominate but do not accept the dominance form other dogs as well. The owner should exercise overall control of pack and should teach the dog about its ranking in pack order, that is always below the human.
The dog does not refuse the offer of chasing the scent of its interest. They enjoy trailing with melodious bay. The dog is not developed for family life for being active and outdoor dog. The breed excels in fields rather in shows.
Regular exercises are mandatory to stay calm, tranquil and satisfied. Usually the dog desires to be accompanied on long walks, jogging and playing games in yard are also the elements of stimulation and physical contentment. Let the dog to run freely but in fenced yard otherwise leash and hold during physical activities. Although they can live outside and can afford variety of climates yet need company of human or any other pet. The dog is minimal shedder while less demanding for its grooming. Occasional brushing would be satisfying for sleek appearance.
Owner Should Know
The American foxhounds are not suitable for apartment or city life. They are well suited to countryside and wide farmhouses.
Strong scent detection and hunting instinct would tempt them to chase and trail with extreme of vigor, they would ignore owner’s commands for stop chasing.
They tend to wander around freely if chance is provided.
The energetic dog needs healthy exercises for its physical and mental stimulation.
The breed is fan of eating, they tend to get weight, so monitor their food intake while burn excessive energies.
They need strong handlers.
They are extremely good with children and other dogs but aggressive to cats, non-canine pets should be avoided or to be kept in separate accommodation.
The breed is amongst the rarest breed, one may have to wait for a long time to get right puppy for him.
Seek for reputed and trustworthy breeders or suppliers to get healthy puppies, ensure puppies are clinically checked and are disease free.