English Foxhound

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Breed Attributes


Breed group: Hounding    Type: Pure Breed    Talent: , , ,


Size: Large     Weight: 65-70 lbs     Fur length: Short    Ears: Flappy    Fur type: Straight    Fur Color: 3 Colors, Black & White, Brown & White


Life Expectancy: About 10-13 years    Rarity: Common    Availability: Easily available    Climate: Good for every climate.

Breed Details


The English Foxhound originated in England around the 1500's and were primarily used for hunting. They are a type of scent hound most commonly used to hunt fox. This dog is a mixture of many breeds, some of which include the Fox Terrier, Bulldog and Greyhound breed. The English Foxhound's variety of bloodlines serve a purpose to aid them in their speed, durability during a hunt, and intensity of the sport.

The English Foxhound is a slender and athletic dog who gets along well with other dogs, children, and other family pets. They are known to be very energetic and friendly making them great for families or for working. This breed loves human attention and thrives on time with the family.

Tall, muscular and agile, the English Foxhound was bred for its love to run. It is said that they can run literally all day long and only take a few short breaks in between. They have a large muzzle and floppy ears rounded at the tips. The English Foxhound's body is lean and their legs are straight.


The English Foxhound's coat is either a mixture of tan, white and black or a mixture of white and tan or white and black. For this breed, the colouring is not an important quality.


The English Foxhound has a shorter straight coat that is stiff yet durable for the different types of climates they work in. They are known to shed an average amount of fur, but more during the spring-summer months.


The English Foxhound is an excellent working dog and an obedient partner. They have an extremely high activity level and joyful attitude towards their work. They are sweet and loving dogs that enjoy being around people and dogs alike. This breed would be perfect for a family as they love children and get along well with other family pets. There are two blood lines of the English Foxhound, the show type and the field (working) type. The show type is a bit bigger and less energetic where as the field type is smaller but more energetic. For families it is said the show type would be better. As this dog matures they become much more obedient and loyal. The English Foxhound will need an owner who is patient when it comes to training as they can be stubborn and have more then obedience on the mind.


Since the English Foxhound has a short coat, they will only need to be brushed about once per week and bathed when the owner feels that is necessary. They are prone to renal disease, hip dysplasia and in some cases, epilepsy. They are a very healthy breed with very few genetically inherited problems.


The English Foxhound will need a very willful and patient owner. They tend to be a rowdy breed so obedience is going to be a bit more difficult in comparison to other breeds. Training must be firm but have positive methods as they are a happy breed that wants to both work for and please their owner. Around 6 or 7 years of age, the English Foxhound will begin to slow down in terms of their activity level.


The English Foxhound is a restless breed that will need constant exercise and mental stimulation. This breed will not do well in an apartment as they will need as much space as possible. They are not a breed to be left at home often as they need to have at least 2 to 3 hours of exercise per day. This should include either running or jogging alongside their owner or time spent in an off-leash dog park playing with other dogs or chasing a ball. If they are left alone on a constant basis they will become damaging to surrounding objects i.e. furniture.

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