Oldest American Dog Breed
Backround of the Breed
As the name implies, American Foxhounds were developed to
hunt foxes and, as it turns out, they are very efficient in fulfilling this job.
With their great speed and remarkable
endurance, they cooperate with each other in packs and use their strong scenting ability to follow the trail of the fox.
The development of AFs in the United States is largely credited to George Washington. The breed is among the least
common breeds in this country and was developed from a base of working hounds that were brought over from England, Ireland and France around 1860.
American Foxhounds are handsome looking dogs, with beautiful-shaped heads, clean tall lines, large eyes and very alert expressions.
As would be expected, similarities to the English Foxhound and Beagle can be seen in their appearance.
One interesting fact about them is that they hold a record, with only two other dog breeds, as giving birth to the largest
dog litter which one of them did in 1944. The record number was 23 pups!
This dog breed was also depicted on a 20¢ stamp in 1984.
American Fox Hounds need exercise - LOTS of it! They love to run and need to be able to do this for
extended periods each day. If you are an active runner, this dog will be an ideal running partner
Ideally, they should have a big yard and alternate ways to exercise. One helpful device for high
energy dogs is a pet treadmill.
It would be unfair to have this dog if an owner does not have the time to ensure plenty of vigorous
exercise for them.
They are agreeable with other dogs in household, but generally do not like cats.
Personality and Traits:
Do you like singing? If you answered "yes", you may find the American Foxhound's tendency to bay, quite musical and even enjoy it as many AF owners do!
As a family companion, this breed is very gentle, affectionate and has a very mellow
disposition. They have good instincts as a watchdog.