General Information

Dog NameAmerican Foxhound
Other NamesFoxhound
Scientific NameCanis lupus familiaris
Breed TypeFoxhound
Country of OriginUnited States of America (USA)

Physical And Size

Min Life Span11
Max Life Span13
Min Ideal Weight for male29
Max Ideal Weight for male29
Min Ideal Weight for female27
Max Ideal Weight for male29


Intelligent Rank
Affection Level
Social Needs
Watchdog Ability


TemperamentEasy-going, Loyal, Kind
Prey DriveYes
Fighting DogNo


Stranger FriendlyMedium
Child FriendlyHigh
Cat FriendlyLow
Apartment FriendlyLow
Senior Citizens FriendlyLow
Service DogLow
Search and Rescue DogLow
Biting PotentialLow
Country of OriginUnited States
Nicknames and Other NamesFoxhound
Scientific NameCanis lupus familiaris
Breed TypeFoxhound
Bred ForHunting down foxes
Recognized ByAKC, FCI, UKC, CKC
Life Span11-13 years
Ideal Weight65-70 pounds (male)
60-65 pounds (female)
Ideal Height22-25 inches (male)
21-24 inches (female)
Fur TypeHard medium-length
Common ColorsBlack White & Tan, White Black & Tan
AchievementsState dog of Virginia
Suitable for ApartmentsNo
Used in World WarNo
Most Similar ToAmerican English Coonhound

The American Foxhound is sweet, kind, easygoing, and a loyal breed. They are a dog with an extreme amount of stamina, so anyone who does regular jogging, walking, or cycling can be a great owner for this dog.

Foxhound can be your favorite hiking partner as they are highly energetic and craves for exercise to remain fit and healthy. You have to provide this breed with lots of daily activities as to burn their energy, if you fail to do so, he will create his own entertaining work and you will probably won’t like it. So only get a Foxhound, if you can provide him with all the exercise he needs.

Origin and History

The Foxhounds were brought to America by Robert Brooke in 1650 with his pack of hunting dogs. They were originally bred to hunt fox but not to kill them. This breed was popular among the upper class and politicians. George Washington was known to have 36 American Foxhound.

The American Foxhound is one of the first breeds developed in the United States. The American Kennel Club recognized the American Foxhound in 1886.

Is American Foxhound Child-Friendly?

The American Foxhound is gentle, loving, patient, and very much tolerant of children. They can get well with children and even take good care of them. Despite their friendly nature towards children, it is risky to leave your child without supervision with any dogs, not only Foxhound.

Picture of American Foxhound with children.
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Behavior, Temperament and Personality

American Foxhound is very easy-going, sweet, energetic, and friendly breed. They are intelligent and kind making him a good family dog. They can get along with children and other animals but they are quite reserved around strangers. They love being outdoors and want to keep moving all day long.

Foxhounds have very high stamina and need a lot of exercise in a day. If you are not someone who do jogging, hiking or cycling then you should look for another breed.


Foxhounds are moderately easy to train as they are a type of hound. Every hound is different so your American Foxhound can be either easier or more difficult to train. Socializing your Foxhound is important at an early age to both people and other pets.

Socializing your Foxhound is important at an early age to both people and other pets. They have very little patience when it comes to training, so it is hard to keep them focused for a very long period of time in training. Therefore, training sessions should be short and should not be done repeatedly. Establish trust and leadership upon your Foxhound to let them know that you are the real leader of its pack.


  • American Foxhound is fast and has a greater sense of smell, agility, and stamina compared to other Foxhounds.
  • American Foxhound is not a very good guard dog as it is not aggressive by nature and is very welcoming of strangers.
  • On average, American Foxhound can give birth to 7 puppies.
  • American Foxhound has very melodious barking with high-pitched howls that can be heard miles away.
American Foxhound Howling with his Melodious Voice

Health Issues

Common HealthIssuesHip Dysplasia, Ear Infection,
Obesity, Hypothyroidism
VaccinationRequiredRabies, Canine Distemper, Leptospirosis,
Kennel Cough, Canine Parvovirus,
Canine Parainfluenza,
Canine Coronavirus
SheddingNone to Minimal
GroomingEasy and minimal
Weight GainPotentialHigh
SeparationAnxietyHigh Chance
Diets andSupplements30%-70% of carbohydrates
18%-25% of protein

American Foxhounds are pretty healthy breed and have very little chances of getting any health diseases. Most of the diseases and health problems are genetic. Some of the health diseases that can be seen in Foxhounds are hip dysplasia, eye, and ear problems.

American Foxhound is a working dog so they should be taken out for a walk or run at least 1 hour a day to keep their body fit and healthy.


The American Foxhound comes in tricolor –

  • black
  • white
  • and tan


American Foxhound puppy looks sweet and adorable. To grow a well-behaved adult Foxhound, you need to start training your puppy as soon as you get them home.
American Foxhound Puppies Playing


The average cost of the American Foxhound is $800-$1200. However, adopting the Foxhound cost around $300 or less in order to cover the expenses of caring for the dog before adoption.


The average height of the American Foxhound is 21-25 inches. Their weight is between 65-75 pounds.

Which Dog Breed are They Similar To?

There are few dogs that looks like American Foxhound. They are:


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