As the name suggests, the Foxhound was developed in 16th century England to help hunters pursue foxes in the countryside. Their keen sense of smell, quick running speed, and endless stamina suited them perfectly to this task, and although still harbouring strong will and a hunting desire, the Foxhound is nowadays seen mostly as a companion breed. Appearance wise, their coats are relatively short and more often than not a mixture of tan, black, and red, with white as a base. Physically they are a very muscular breed, no surprise due to their hunting background. These dogs, like many hounds, are independent and at times stubborn, and so are not recommended for first time dog owners.
Lifestyle and Living Environment
Foxhounds are full of energy and can be quite rambunctious at times, and so this coupled with their size means they are unsuitable for homes with small children. A lover of the outdoors, Foxhounds require at very least a small sized yard to help expend their endless energy. With exercise requirements of at least an hour each day, long walks and trips to the park are also encouraged. It is important that when in public these dogs stay securely fastened to their leash, as their hunting instinct may kick-in at any time leading to the pursuit of smaller animals. For this same reason, those with small pets in the house should reconsider this breed, their welfare potentially at risk. Despite this, Foxhounds do like living with other dogs, many actually preferring a canine companion opposed to being the only dog in the house.
Common Health Issues
Hip Dysplasia, Renal Disease, Epilepsy.