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English Foxhound
The fact that the English Foxhound is so similar to several other Scenthound breeds is no doubt a significant part of its limited popularity.  Where else would you find a moderately sized dog with minimal grooming requirements and genial nature not being heralded as a great family pet?  While the English Foxhound is primarily a dog still used for its original purpose (most Foxhounds are still kept in hunting packs) that doesn't deny that these dogs are great companions when offered that role.  For those individuals that fail to meet the expectations of their Hunt Masters, it is unfortunate that there are not more rescues and interested persons to assist these dogs in finding worthy families.

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General Information
Group(s): HoundsScent Hound Height: usually 19-23 inches
Weight: 45-60 pounds Longevity: teens
Colors: tri-colored as well as white with another color (yellow, orange, etc.) No real preference given to color. Coat type: Short and hard.
Recognized Registries: FCI, NCA, UKC, AKC and others
Overall Appearance: A moderate and balanced hound with and impressive head and presence. Lacking the heaviness of the Harrier or the "raciness" of the American Foxhound. This is the original Foxhound and meant to serve as an incredible athlete in a variety of terrains.
Personaility - Behavior - Training
Energy Level: moderate
General Nature: very good
  with Children: very good (given proper care, socialization and supervision of mannerly children)
  with other pets: generally good but can be a problem with smaller animals (it is a hound after all)
  with dogs: generally exceptional (as all dogs that hunt in packs would have to be)
Socialization requirements: moderate; the general temperament of the Foxhound is very forgiving, even so, good socialization would result in a more confident and happy dog
Ideal home characteristics: One that recognizes challenges such as the voice, and disinclination for a strong recall in most Scenthounds but loves the gentle demeanor and gracious attitude.
Temperament Notes: Very agreeable, low-key (except when working), all around pleasant companion
Training requirement: moderate: socialization and basic manners
Trainer notes: The English Foxhound is an athlete.  Don't let the lowkey attitude and moderate energy level fool you.  With that said, the dog needs and deserves an outlet for exercise.  As a training partner, his attitude will vary as much as the attitude of trainers may as he is clearly a reflection of the training he receives and brings little "attitude" to bear on it.  This is not a dog that will necessarily rise to the occasion to be an independent entertainer (like a Terrier might), nor is he a focused and intense worker that will likely overcome trainer errors (like a Golden Retriever might).  Instead, the English Foxhound will enjoy training if you make it fun and will loathe it if you don't.  He is generally inclined to have a strong desire to please but an even stronger desire to follow a trail, which can create alot of challenging distractions in almost all training venues.  Nevertheless, for the person that recognizes these challenges, the English Foxhound can be a training partner of uncommon color, joie de vivre and spunk!
Background Information
Year range of first recognition: Before 1800
Country of Origin: England
Original Function: Foxhunting
History: Developed by Masters of the Hunt in England who kept meticulous records. Most dogs used today in packs in the US would not qualify for entry (registration with a notable registry like AKC or UKC) into the studbook.
Adoption Information
Deviations from Standard: oversized, poor dentition, excessively refined, excessively heavy
Health Notes: hip dysplasia, eye problems
Health Testing: CERF, OFA
Questions to ask Breeder:  - The Breeder Questions as listed here provided with explanations and answers you will want to be looking for!

  • How long have you had English Foxhounds?
  • Why do you have English Foxhounds (show, performance, hunting, etc.)?
  • What do you consider to be the most important single characteristic of an English Foxhound?
  • What health issues have you seen in the breed?
  • What criteria do you set for your breeding stock?
  • Do you plan to keep a puppy from this litter?
  • How often do you have puppies?
  • Do you have a written contract and puppy guarantee?
  • At what age do you sent your pups to their homes?
  • How would you describe the ideal English Foxhound?
  • How would you describe the ideal English Foxhound home?
  • Are your puppies whelped in your home?
  • What advice would you offer someone in raising and training an English Foxhound?
  • How do you assist or help English Foxhounds in need of rescue? 
Web Sites: - Highly regarded and recommended Foxhound Rescue is not associated with the English Foxhound Parent Club, they seem to see no reason to help the dogs of their breed in need of assistance

Other Resources
Breed standard: Standard of the English Foxhound Club of America

Breeder Ethics: The Foxhound Clubs based in the US and North America do not offer any reference to a Code of Ethics or Rescue in their online content.  This oversight indicates a certain disdain for those dogs (even those of their own breeding or breed) that fail to maintain the interest of their "owners".  While the English Foxhound is a very pleasant dog, this is not the same as saying that there is NEVER an English Foxhound that is abandoned by a careless or heartless owner.  As such, rescues and codes of ethics are critical in assisting and protecting those dogs.
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