Foxhound

foxhound

This large, powerful dog has a short coat that comes in any recognised hound colour. He has drop ears, a deep chest, and a muscular physique. The tail is high, but doesn't curl over the back. When adult he is about 58-64cm tall and weighs 29-32kg.

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  • Category size: Large
  • Grooming requirements: Once a week
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  • Shedding: Little
  • Allergies: No
  • Noise: Vocal
  • Dog Group Kennel Club: Hound
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  • Alone: More than 3 hours
  • Other pets: High
  • Stability as a guard: Medium

Origin

Developed by breeding various hounds and refined with the addition of the Greyhound, the Fox Terrier and even the Bulldog, the Foxhound dog breed has been used for hunting fox since the 18th century when the fox began to replace the deer as a popular quarry. Kept in packs on estates, so the wealthy could indulge their pastime, the Foxhound has always been a hunting pack dog primarily, rather than a pet or show dog.

Personality

Foxhounds are pack hounds through and through. Bred over centuries to hunt, he is not ideally suited to most modern homes and lifestyles, and has the stamina to run miles and miles every day – something that is beyond most homes! That said, he gets along well with other dogs and people – including children – and is a friendly, sociable dog.

Health

The Foxhound is a very hardy breed with few health problems commonly encountered.

Exercise

The Foxhound needs at least two hours of free running a day. Bred to hunt all day in all kinds of conditions, he has great stamina and loves nothing more than following his nose

Nutrition

Large breed dogs, as well as having large appetites, benefit from a different balance of nutrients including minerals and vitamins compared to smaller-breed dogs. The Foxhound, with his deep chest, is more prone to bloating and stomach problems; smaller, more frequent meals can help minimise this risk.

Grooming

The short, smooth coat is dense, offering protection against the weather and also any hazards when hunting – brambles and so on. A quick brush once a week is all that is necessary to keep the coat in good order.

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Adoption

It is incredibly fulfilling to adopt a dog from an animal shelter or rescue organization. It often means offering them a second chance in life. There are many dogs waiting for a loving family, a forever home. Reputable centers will be very careful about matching the right people with the right dogs. Staff learns all they can about the dogs they take in, and will spend time getting to know you, your family and your lifestyle, before they match you with any of their dogs. They’ll also be happy to give you advice and answer any questions you might have before and after the adoption.

Finding a good breeder

If your heart is set on a pedigree puppy, then your best bet is to find a reputable breeder. Contact The Kennel Club or a breed-club secretary who may have a list of litters available, or should be able to put you in contact with breeders in your area. Try to choose a breeder who is part of the Kennel Club’s assured breeder scheme.Visit dog shows to meet breeders in person and inquire about availability of pups of your chosen breed.

Welcoming your dog home

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