"American Foxhounds were bred to chase foxes, but not kill them. They are very difficult to call back once they get on a scent."
Country of origin:United States
Weight:Male 65-70 pounds, female 60-65 pounds
Height:Male 22-25 inches, female 21-24 inches
Coat:Smooth and short
Color:Black brown and white, Black white and tan, blue, brown white and tan, red, tan, white, white and cream, white and red
Life span:11-13 years
UKC - United Kennel Club: Scenthound
FCI - International: 6 - Scenthounds, 6.1 - Scenthounds
If you love everything about hounds and dogs, then adopting an American Foxhound (or any other dog for that matter) isn’t a bad idea. However, there are many who love the fact that this breed is the most difficult to adopt.
They are also known as ‘The Troublesome Hound’ because of so many issues that have been associated with them in the past. Apart from being stubborn, they can also be slow to get used to new people or situations. Nonetheless, if you have decided to go ahead and adopt one, here are top things you should know before doing so.
American Foxhounds are considered a cousin breed of the English Foxhound and have many similarities.
Foxhounds are not “hounds”
Although a lot of people associate the hound as a type of large game hunting dog, the truth is that they aren’t. The American foxhound is also known as ‘The Master of the Hunt’ and is primarily used for hunting small animals. This is what makes it the ‘master’ in the hunt, hence the name. American Foxhounds are known as ‘The Master of the Hunt’, but are primarily used for hunting small game.
Apart from the fact that they are not hounds, these dogs are also very different from hounds in many other aspects. They also aren’t the type of dog that belongs to the molosser group, as some people think. They are a type of dog that belongs to the herding group.
They are very smart, but can be stubborn
This is a great thing about these dogs and one of the most common misconceptions about them. Many people think these dogs are very stubborn and not particularly intelligent. However, the truth is that they are very smart and have the potential to be very obedient.
their stubborn nature can make it hard for them to learn new things, but with patience, they can be taught. If you want one of these dogs, then you will have to be patient with them.
Another thing you need to know about them is that they can be very aggressive to other animals, such as cats, so you will have to keep them away from them.
They aren’t very friendly to new people
American Foxhounds are very social and friendly with people they know. However, they can be very standoffish with strangers because they don’t know them very well. This isn’t because they are rude or don’t like you, but because they need time to get used to you.
The first few weeks of your relationship will be the most crucial in their development. So, if you get a foxhound that isn’t very friendly to new people, simply wait until they get used to you.
These dogs are also known for their loyalty and are very protective of their owners, which can make them very protective of you, too.
They don’t do well in hot weather
While these dogs are great hunters, they aren’t too fond of the heat. This is one of the biggest reasons why so many people want to get them, but then don’t end up adopting them once they learn how hard they deal with hot weather.
Another thing you should know about them is that they aren’t that active and prefer to stay inside during the day. This is why they are one of the best breeds for families with children, as they aren’t too active and can easily be let outside while you are at home with the kids.
Common health issues
The American Foxhound is a healthy breed, but like all breeds, they can be prone to certain health problems. Here are some of the most common health issues in American Foxhounds:
- Hip dysplasia: This is a genetic condition that can cause the hip joint to develop abnormally, leading to arthritis and lameness.
- Bloat: This is a condition in which the stomach twists on itself, cutting off the blood supply and leading to a potentially fatal build-up of gas.
- Eye problems: American Foxhounds are prone to various eye problems, including cataracts, glaucoma, and progressive retinal atrophy.
- Thyroid problems: This breed is prone to autoimmune thyroiditis, a condition in which the immune system attacks the thyroid gland.
- Ear infections: American Foxhounds are prone to ear infections due to their floppy ears, which can trap moisture and bacteria.
- Cardiac issues: Some American Foxhounds can be prone to heart problems, such as dilated cardiomyopathy.
It’s important to take good care of your American Foxhound and to have them regularly checked by a veterinarian to help detect and treat any health problems that may arise. Regular exercise, a healthy diet, and preventive care, such as vaccinations and regular check-ups, can also help keep your dog healthy and happy.
Good hunting skills but can be aggressive
Along with the hunting skills that come with the herding group classification, these dogs are also known for their hunting skills. This means that they are great at finding their prey and can be very aggressive when they catch it.
They can be aggressive when they don’t get the things they want. So, all these make them a great candidate for a dangerous dog. This means that you need to be extra careful when adopting one.
They shed a lot
Another thing that you should know before adopting an American Foxhound dog is that they shed a lot. It may take a long time to get rid of all the hair.
Foxhounds are also known for their short hair, which is why they are often referred to as the ‘troublesome hound’. This also makes grooming a lot more difficult for you, which isn’t good for your time or your dog’s health. If you have chosen one of these dogs as your pet, you will have to groom it a lot.
American Foxhounds are also known for their oily coat, which is why they are also called the ‘oily hound’. This means that they might smell really bad and might need to be bathed or shampooed often.
Whether you want a hunting dog, a family companion, or just a loyal friend, the American Foxhound is a great breed. If you’re thinking about adopting one, it’s important to know what you’re getting into.
Don’t miss our article about the English Foxhound too for more information on this very similar breed. Also, take a glance at Beagles for a breed that is smaller in size but very similar in appearance.
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