The American Foxhound resembles their cousin the English Foxhound, but is taller, leaner, and built for speed. Their medium, hard coat is often comprised of black, brown, and white. Usually has a white "flag" on the tail. Other colors are permissible as well. They have long straight legs, and their chests are fairly narrow. The tail often features an arch.
The American Foxhound is a descendant of English Foxhounds and French hounds. They were prized in the New World as trackers and hunters. They were developed by the land gentry, including George Washington, to be fox hunters in Maryland and Virginia, even becoming the state dog of Virginia. The American Foxhound has been developed into other strains including Walker, Goodman, Trigg, July and Penn-Marydel.
The American Foxhound is an active, athletic hunting dog with a loud, melodious howl, therefore they are best suited to life with acreage. They do behave indoors if exercised well and like to be with their people, but their good behavior is dependent on having the ability to run off some of that energy. The show version may be better suited to home life than the hunting lines. Their great senses make them excellent hunters. This breed is an extremely fast, hot-trailing competitive breed that are not to be trusted with other non-canine pets because of their hunting instinct. They will not listen to commands when trailing. Does get along well with other dogs and children. Very devoted to its family, it makes a good companion dog and home guardian.
Breed Club Links: American Foxhound Club
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