Foxhound

Other Names :
English Foxhound
Country of Origin :
England
Dog Group :
Hound

Origin

Foxhounds were developed for hunting foxes and for hundreds of years, have been bred for use in packs. In Australia the Foxhound probably accompanied the captive foxes brought out by wealthier British settlers in the 1800s so they could ride to the hunt here, in memory of the lifestyle back "Home". Hunt packs still operate in most Australian states except WA and NT.

Description

The Foxhound is just a taller version of the Beagle, smooth-coated, with drop ears and to have a keen sense of smell, and to be even faster in the chase. A large, handsome hound, its front legs are long and very straight-boned. The head is long with a slightly domed, large skull. The ears are broad and pendant, framing the face. The eyes are large and wide-set - either brown or hazel, with a sweet, imploring expression. The ears are wide, flat to the head. The tail is set moderately high with a slight upward curve, but is not turned forward over the back.

Size
Large
Colour
Coat colors come in black, tan, and white, for example tri-color (black, white & tan), or bi-color with a white background or any combination of these three.
Coat Length
Short
Weight/Height Range
On average dogs stand at 60 - 64cms at the withers and weigh 31 - 34kgs, bitches average at 58 - 62cms from the withers and weigh 29 - 32kgs.

Feeding & Ownership

On the whole these dogs are not big eaters when you consider the amount of exercise they require.

Food Cost
$15 to $20

Personality

Most Foxhound owners do not recommend them as an indoor dog because they are large and boisterous enough to send a coffee table tumbling. Good quality shelter is essential for life outdoors. Foxhounds are said to be typical hounds: active, friendly, outgoing, craving company but once on a scent, are oblivious to all and deaf to owners. If bored they may dig holes or bark, and secure fencing is essential to stop them escaping if the outside world looks more appealing.

Intelligence
Not an easy breed to train for obedience. While intelligent and amenable, they are easily distracted by interesting smells, and patience and persistence in training is vital.
Energy
High
Suitability for Children
Medium
Tendency to Bark
High
Overall Exercise Requirement
They require a 6-8km walk three to four times a week, the Foxhound may have trouble adapting to life in a suburban backyard. These dogs are bred to chase and run all day and thrive on activity.
Suitability as a Guard Dog
Low
Ease of Transportation
Medium
Level of Aggression
Medium
Other Animal Compatibility
Low

Grooming

The smooth, short-haired coat is easy to groom. Comb and brush with a firm bristle brush, and shampoo only when necessary.

Grooming Requirements
Once a week
Amount of hair shed
Moderate