The English Foxhound is one of the 4 types of foxhound dog breeds. Traditionally, they are trained as scent hounds, built for hunting foxes just by their scent. They commonly hunt in packs, flushing out their prey and then chasing it throughout the fields. They bark with low baying howls which are effective in alerting owners to where their preys are. Today, however, many English Foxhounds enjoy life as family companions, competing in various conformation rings. Whether you want yours a hunter or an active house dog though, a Foxhound is undeniably a jolly companion to be with.
English Foxhounds are very fast hunting dogs, bred specifically to run in packs and hunt foxes. They have extended endurance which allows them to cross challenging terrains. They also have loud bays, making it easier for their hunter owners to hear them in case they run out of sight. As with all other Foxhound dog breeds, the English Foxhound follows preys using just their strong sense of scent. They very rarely pay attention to their environment. And once they target their prey, they will run after them to the ends. This is why many English fox hunters choose to accompany their hunting dogs on horses.
Because they are scent hounds, English Foxhounds do not do well with the following directions. They just really follow their noses! Because of this stubborn temperament of theirs, training them will require patience and a lot of persistence. Nevertheless, they are a smart hunting dogs and can be trained with basic obedience.
English Foxhounds have short, dense coat which is fairly easy to care for. They may come in the colors black, white, tan or a combination of the three. Their ears, which flop downwards, lay flat against their heads and their long tails hold up straight above their body. These hunting dogs also have straight legs and strong hindquarters. These are what enable them to run long distances at unbelievable speeds. Males can stand 23 to 27 inches at the shoulder and weigh 55 to 75 pounds. Females can stand 21 to 24 inches at the shoulder and weigh 45 to 65 pounds.
English Foxhounds are known to be friendly to people. They may be good with little children but it’s still evident that they prefer the company of fellow canine much better. Because they have hunter instincts, English Foxhounds tend to be very active and athletic. They are happiest when left in the fields or in an open area where they can run freely. These hunting dogs have such remarkable endurance that they can be left to trot the countryside for hours without ever stopping. Their strong passion for hunting fuels their urge to find sources of interesting scents, prompting them to wander endlessly. Foxhounds that have been bred for fieldwork are not ideal as apartment pets. Show dog breeds, however, may be considerable, given that they receive sufficient mental and physical exercise.
Generally, English Foxhounds are very healthy dog breeds. However, just like all other hunting dogs, they can be prone to a few health conditions namely: hip dysplasia, renal disease and epilepsy. Note that not all English Foxhounds will exhibit these health issues, but it still pays to exercise awareness especially if you are considering owning one. The average life expectancy of these scent hounds will ranges from 10 to 13 years. If you have already made up your mind and are sure to get yourself a foxhound, just remember to give him lots of exercise and expose him to as many people and situations as possible. Doing so will give him the mental stimulation he craves.