English Foxhound: The World’s Cutest Dog

Other names for this breed:Foxhound

Country of origin:,



Height:23–25 inches (58–64 cm)

Life span:10-13 years


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English Foxhound portrait

If you’re looking for the cutest dog in the world, then your search just ended. The English Foxhound is an ancient breed that has developed into a loving pet and a beautiful working dog. This is because of their adorable face, soft coat, gentle nature and their hunting instincts. English Foxhounds have an exceptional ability to hunt anything from rabbit to hare. This is why they are also known as the hound after foxes.

English Foxhounds are medium-sized dogs that stand between 15-18 inches tall and weigh between 45-60 pounds. They have long legs and ears, short neck and small feathered tail that curls up when they are relaxed. Their elegant appearance comes from their blue eyes, which give them a very dreamy look.

The English Foxhound is a versatile hunting dog with great stamina. They love to run through forests, marshes and fields but they can also handle living inside city apartments or townhomes as long as there are long walks available for them every day. They make excellent watchdogs because of their courageous nature, independent spirit and high intelligence level.

That makes them perfect family pets as well as companions for older people who like to spend time with dogs rather than people who prefer cats or other pets instead of them (which is so rare these days).

Why is the English Foxhound Such a Popular Dog?

The English Foxhound breed is old and the origin of it is not exactly known; however, it is believed that it is a cross between Greyhound and English Pointer from the sixteenth century. The breed was used as hunting dogs for the nobility and their primary role was to hunt wild game such as hare, fox, deer and wild boar.

English Foxhound is a very calm and obedient dog. They are friendly and social with people as well as other pets. They get along well with children because of their childlike nature, but they are not good for small pets because they can hurt them unintentionally.

The English Foxhound is an excellent family pet because of their loyalty to the family, affectionate nature and loving and gentle attitude toward everyone in the house.

Appearance of the English Foxhound

The English Foxhound is an elegant dog with a delicate appearance. This breed has a long, silky, straight coat that is blue-grey in color. It has a short, dipped tail that curls up when it is relaxed. Its nose is black and its eyes are blue.

Foxhound has a low-set, triangular-shaped head with a big, open muzzle and a small, erect, triangular-shaped nose. This dog breed is a medium-sized dog with a muscular build. Its legs are long and its ears are small.

English Foxhounds have a soft, thick coat that comes in various colors (such as black, grey and blue). This dog has a gentle personality and enjoys being beside people. It’s friendly and outgoing, but it also makes a good watchdog.

Working Abilities of the English Foxhound

The English Foxhound is a strong and courageous dog that can handle any hunting task. The most common task that this dog is used for is hunting wild boar and hare. It is strong enough to hunt large animals and can hold its own in the wilderness.

This breed can also be used as a guide dog for the blind or as a detection dog for finds such as drugs and explosives in the field. The English Foxhound is also used as a gun dog and can be taught to work successfully for hunting and bird shoots. It can be trained to track people and can be used for water rescue as well.

Personality Traits of the English Foxhound

English Foxhound is a gentle, patient and forgiving breed. They are kind and loving to people and other dogs. They are very sociable and love to be around people. However, they are also very independent and can be aloof toward strangers.

This dog enjoys being indoors, but it can handle being outside in the yard as long as it is kept safe from predators. It is a good watchdog as it is courageous and will bark to protect its property. This breed also makes a great pet for the whole family.

The English Foxhound is an excellent choice for first-time dog owners as they are easy to train and get used to living inside a house. They are also patient and forgiving and make a great choice for those who have kids.

Health Concerns of the English Foxhound

This is a healthy breed that has no notable health concerns. They are a moderate shedder, but this is also true for most dogs. The only thing you need to keep an eye out for is their ears which are prone to infection and need regular cleaning.

Fun Facts About the English Foxhound

  • English Foxhounds are the only dog breed that can be used for the Pari-Mutuel (betting) industry in the United States.
  • The English Foxhound is the only dog that can be used for hunting wild boar.
  • They are the third most popular breed in Great Britain and United States, after the Labrador Retriever and the Golden Retriever.

Final Words

The English Foxhound is a gentle, patient and forgiving breed that makes a great family pet as well as companion for older people.

Don’t miss our article about the American Foxhounds 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.