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Breed:

American Foxhound

Group (AKC):

Hound

Country of OriginUSA
Type of coatHard and close.
GroomingNeeds minimal grooming of his short coat.
Average height21 - 25 inches
Average weight65 - 75 lbs.
Activity levelVery High
WatchdogExcellent
ProtectionLow
IntelligenceAverage
TrainabilityNeeds a firm, no -nonsense leadership approach to training.
Compatibility with childrenYes, excellent will bonds with entire family
CharacterActive, friendly
Ideal home environmentLarge house, but bred for outdoor activity.
Ideal owner 
Links and resourcesAmerican Foxhound Club
Correspondence Secretary, James M. Rea, P.O. Box 588, Clarkesville, GA, 30523

Additional notes:

It is distinguished from its English cousins by its finer bones, greater leg length, and more angulated hindquarters. The American Foxhound was not bred to be a family pet, but if it is well socialized as a young pup it will adapt to family life. It has a tendency to want to roam, but will adapt to its environment if properly cared for. Favored as a hunting dog, it has a keen nose and a remarkable talent to instinctively bark on the fox's trail. It is exceptionally athletic and is very willing to work.

Short History:

The American Foxhound is descended from the English Foxhound. It was brought into the United States by Robert Brooke in the 1650's and declared independence from England in 1776. It was later crossed with other British and French hounds and used to chase fox, coyote, and deer. George Washington was a great fancier and kept a famous pack at Mount Vernon.

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