They are a very rare breed among the hounds.
Activity LevelThis dog has a lot of stamina and comes from an active background. Without an opportunity to exercise, they will often have weight problems.
Care should also be keep food intake in line with the activity level to avoid overfeeding.
Be sure to always use a leash on walks with your EF as he is extremely prey driven and will chase any animal of interest in a heartbeat. This breed will easily keep up with active families that like to jog, run or power walk.
Appearance, Coat And GroomingHeight: 23-27 inches
Weight: 55-75 lbs.
Color variations: All recognized hound colors, although the tri-color (black, white and tan) seems to be the most popular.
The coat is short and dense and is weatherproof. Grooming consists of a weekly brushing of the coat to keep a nice sheen as well as to remove any loose hair. Shedding is about average.
The EF's ears are of the type that need to be regularly inspected and cleaned if necessary to avoid infections. Bathing along with nail trimming can be done as needed. Tooth brushing should be done as often as possible.
Personality and TraitsWhen you consider its heritage, this breed has always been an active dog with lots of energy, so expect more of the same. It has an affectionate nature, loves human companship and even though he was not bred to be a companion dog, he likes attention and is adaptable to life as a family pet.
At the same time, this breed has an independent streak and training will need to be very focused and consistent.
EF's are brave and alert dogs with protective instincts, making them attentive, as well as, vocal watchdogs. They have the ability to bark or bay quite loudly when so inclined.
One thing to keep in mind is that Foxhounds are the ultimate pack dog, so they are probably happiest in a multi-dog family.
English Foxhounds are generally a very healthy breed that can live up to eleven years with good care. That being said, the health conditions that may affect them include kidney problems, epilepsy, and hip dysplasia.
Space NeedsFoxhounds will do better in an environment with plenty of room to run off their high energy, or with owners who can give them lots of exercise.
Rural property with acreage is the ideal, but any backyard must be fenced.
ChildrenLively and friendly with a gentle nature, English Foxhounds are good with children. Because of their "pack" socialization, they also do well with other dogs in the household. They are not recommended to keep company with other non-canine pets.
No matter what the breed's reputation, the best policy in regard to children and pets, is to have an adult supervise activities between them because both children and dogs are not always predictable!
ElderlyDue to exercise constraints, not the best breed to choose for inactive seniors, or more sedentary families.
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