Meet the Breed: The English Foxhound



  • Height: 21"- 25”
  • Weight: 65-70 pounds
  • Historical function: Hunting foxes in packs
  • Modern function: Hunting, companion
  • AKC classification: Hound

Physical Characteristics:

The English Foxhound, also known as simply the Foxhound, is a an athletic hunting scent hound that resembles a large Beagle. The ears and muzzle are long and the eyes are expressive. The body is sleek and muscular with straight legs. The paws are rounded and almost cat-like. The English Foxhound is the predecessor to the American Foxhound which tends to be larger, leggier, and faster than its English cousin.

History of the Breed:

The Foxhound was developed in England to hunt foxes in England in the late 16th Century by combining the Greyhound for speed, the Fox Terrier for hunting instinct, and the Bulldog for tenacity. The dogs were tended by a pack master who kept detailed records of their breeding and accomplishments. The fox hunts were full of pomp and ceremony as an activity of the wealthy landowners. The dogs were bred for uniform appearance and tenacity in working as a group. They can run for hours.


The Foxhound was bred for hunting and used in packs, therefore, they get along with other dogs and need a companion. They are tenacious and can run for hours. This determination can manifest as willfulness if not given a proper exercise outlet. They are easy to get along with and great with children. Makes a great jogging companion but should be kept on a leash to keep them from running off after a scent.

  • Best suited for: Active families, hunters, joggers. Not suitable for apartment living.
  • Preferred living conditions: The Foxhound needs plenty of exercise in a safe fenced area or leashed for jogging. Makes a good family companion as long as they have lots of human interaction or another canine buddy.

Care and Health:

  • Grooming requirements: Easy-care short, glossy coat needs weekly brushing to remove dead hair. Shedding is average. Bathe only when necessary.
  • Exercise needs: Daily walk, preferably a jog.
  • Life expectancy: 10-12 years.
  • Health concerns: Generally healthy.

Breed Club Links: The English Foxhound Club of America doesn't maintain a website, but they can be contacted through the American Kennel Club. Perfect Pairings: Shop our fox toys.

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Photo courtesy of Wikipedia Commons.

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