American foxhound

Other name: American Foxhound

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The American Foxhound is a large hound, athletic build and rather slender. Its appearance is reminiscent of the English Foxhound, with its two-tone or three-tone coat, but it is larger than the latter. The American Foxhound is built for speed and endurance. Its physical characteristics allow it to cover great distances over difficult terrain.



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Hair type Short
Origin United States
Template Big
Head shape Long
Weight and size
Sex Weight Cut
Female From 30 kg to 34 kg From 53 cm to 61 cm
Male From 30 kg to 34 kg From 55 cm to 63 cm
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History of the breed

the   American Foxhound is derived from crosses between English Foxhounds, introduced in North America by the mid-17th century, and dogs currents of French and Irish origins. The first litters were born in the 1860s. The goal was to have dogs that combine speed, resistance, adaptability and flair to hunt foxes, as well as various other types of big game.

The American Kennel Club established a first standard for the breed of the American Foxhound in 1894. The latter was definitively recognized by the FCI (Fédération Cynologique Internationale) on November 2, 1979. It is on the same date as its standard Official FCI in force has been published.

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Physical features

His coat: tight, coarse in texture and short to medium in length.
Its color: generally two-tone (white and tan) or tricolor (white, tan and black), but all colors are allowed.
Its head: long, with the domed occiput, the broad and rounded skull, the moderate stop, the rather long muzzle, rectilinear and square.
Its ears: low set, of good length, folded forward, not very thick and rather wide and with rounded ends.
His eyes: brown or hazel, large, wide apart, displaying a look full of sweetness.
His body: finely drawn, without any impression of heaviness. The neck is open and strong, but not thick. The back is moderately long and muscular, the kidney broad and a little arched, the chest well let down and quite narrow (in comparison with the English Foxhound), the ribs well sprung.
Its tail: high set, carried happily and slightly curved, but not forward, nor above the back.

Behavior and character

Barks / howls

Behavior with others

Cohabitation with children
Sociable with other animals
Love strangers

the   American foxhound   is a dog combining the qualities which make it an excellent hunter . Swift and enduring scent hound , he is endowed with a very good flair and shows enthusiasm and determination at work. It is able to adapt to a variety of terrains, even the most difficult. But the American Foxhound is fishing for its lack of docility. In family, he is gentle and affectionate .

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the   American Foxhound takes a lot of work and patience to be properly educated. Not very obedient, even stubborn at times, he demands a firm grip , but without balance of power. It is essential to teach him the recall from an early age.

Living conditions

Suitable for apartment living
Good for new masters
Love it hot
Love the cold

the   American foxhound   is a dog clearly oriented towards hunting. His physical constitution and character inevitably orient him towards activity, which means that he is mainly aimed at experienced masters and willing to offer him enough exercise on a daily basis. It is not made to live in an apartment , but rather in a house with a large fenced garden.


Ease of gaining weight

the   American Foxhound is a robust dog with generally strong health . However, there are predispositions to certain diseases in this breed, which should be monitored: amyloidosis (deposits of insoluble proteins), thrombocytopenia (decrease in the number of blood platelets), microphthalmia (reduction in the dimensions of the eyeball in its different diameters, due to a congenital anomaly) and deafness.

Hypoallergenic breed


Litter size

Between 4 and 8 puppies

Major concerns
Hip dysplasia
Minor concerns
Pelger-Huët anomaly
Occasional concerns
Ear infection

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Life expectancy

Minimum: 10 years

Maximum: 12 years

The life expectancy of an American Foxhound is, on average, between 10 years and 12 years.

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Maintenance and hygiene

Ease of maintenance
Cost of maintenance
Hair loss
Drool level
Ease of grooming

the   American foxhound   is subject to moderate hair loss. It only requires basic maintenance , regularly carried out.

It is recommended to brush the dog once a week , the goal being both to remove the dead hair and to ensure the cleanliness of its skin and its coat. It does not need to be bathed regularly , only when it is really dirty. Its hair, ears, eyes and pads should be examined after each outing in the wild to detect and remove any debris or external parasites.

His teeth need to be brushed frequently to remove tartar build-up and the proliferation of bacteria. Finally, if they do not wear out naturally, its claws need to be cut. If you are new to this, it is recommended that you seek advice from a veterinarian or groomer.

Price and budget

Purchase price

€ 300
500 €

The purchase price of an American Foxhound is between 300 € and 500 €.

Annual maintenance cost

€ 450
650 €

The annual maintenance cost of an American Foxhound is between 450 € and 650 €.

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The American Foxhound needs a high quality diet , divided into 2 meals per day . Its daily rations should be monitored, especially if its physical activity decreases, as it is a dog prone to overweight. Their food must be adapted to their level of physical activity, their size and their age.

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Physical activity

Energy level
Potential to play

the   American foxhound   must benefit from sustained daily activity . He needs to be stimulated every day through long and frequent outings.


Classifications & Standards
(FCI) Fédération Cynologique Internationale
(AKC) American Kennel Club
(UKC) United Kennel Club
(CKC) Canadian Kennel Club


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FCI Information



FCI Group

Group 6: Hounds, Blood Test Dogs and Related Breeds

Recognized by FCI

Since 1979


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