Foxhound Breed Summary
Energetic, Athletic, Stubborn and Gentle
These dogs are very strong and large in size! It's, therefore, no surprise that they were originally bred to hunt in packs alongside 'hoomans' in the past. They are not traditionally seen as being an animal that one would keep as a pet or for companionship. They are good and very popular in the show ring, however, they are still a rarity within the UK.
They are very sociable and really only do best in packs. However, they do need to be trained and socialised in a very unique way, which doesn't make them the best breed for first-time owners.
Fun Fact: These dogs are only ever counted in “pairs”. There are typically anything from 20 to 30 couples in a pack!
|Kennel Club Group||Hound|
|Lifespan||13 - 14 years|
|Height (at the withers)||Males and Females 58cm - 64cm|
|Weight||Male 27kg – 34 kg, Female 25kg – 32kg|
|Coat||Coats are both Short and Dense|
|Colour||Badger Pied, Badger Pied Mottle, Black & White, Black & White Mottle, Blue White & Tan, Blue White & Tan Mottle, Hare Pied, Hare Pied Mottle, Lemon & White, Lemon & White Mottle, Lemon Pied, Lemon Pied Mottle, Red & White, Red & White Mottle, Tan & White, Tan & White Mottle, Tricolour, Tricolour Mottle, White|
|Eye colour||Hazel or Brown|
|Common health issues||Osteoarthritis, Heart murmurs, Kidney disease, Congenital deafness|
These long-legged friends are known for their great enthusiasm and bravery! They have huge amounts of energy and can run for miles and miles. Typically, they are not kept as family pets, mainly due to the fact they're not bred to live within a home environment, however, once they reach retirement age, many are re-homed as family pets. Even in their golden years, these guys have extremely high energy and must have owners who know how to handle the breed. Training can take a while with these guys as they are not the most obedient and normally only respond to commands given by the Master of the Hounds or whippers-in. They also have a very high prey drive, which must be taken into consideration for any potential owner, especially if you have other animals in the house!
These dogs were originally bred in the UK centuries ago and were well-known for their fantastic hunting abilities and stamina in the field. It's thought they first came about in the 16th century but the origins of the breed are unfortunately unknown. It is thought, however, that they came about as a result of crossing Greyhounds, Fox Terriers and Bulldogs. By the 17th century, they were well-known across most of the UK! Selective breeding eventually led to the production of a dog that was fantastic in terms of strength, stamina and physical appearance. In particular, they are thought to be one of the healthiest breeds ever! So it's not surprising that by the 19th century, over 140 packs had been registered in the UK! Although a ban on hunting saw a decline in the Foxhounds, breed enthusiasts made sure that they continued to thrive on, and they were eventually recognised by the Kennel Club, now making lovely family pets.