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American Foxhound

Breed origin: USA
Original purpose: Hunting dog.

AKC recognized: 1886
AKC group: Hound

Size: Height: males 22 to 25 inches; females 21 to 24 inches
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Color: Any color, most commonly red, tri-color, black and tan, and blue.

Life span: 10 to 13 years.

General characteristics/temperament: American Foxhounds are very mild tempered, easy going, loyal, and independent. They get along very well with children. However, they are very stubborn and require a lot of patience to train. Most of them will not follow commands unless it suits them. American Foxhounds are hunting dogs and were bred to run, and as a result require a lot of exercise. If adequate exercise and attention cannot be provided, they will become bored and destructive. They have very strong hunting instincts and will follow a scent trail into the street where they could get hit by a car. For that reason they should never be trusted off-lead and do best with a secure, escape-proof yard. American Foxhounds do not typically do well in apartments. They are not nuisance barkers but do have loud, deep voices that carry a great distance.

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Good with children? Yes

Good with other dogs? Yes

Good watchdog? No

OK in apartments? Not usually, but possible but if you can provide adequate exercise.

Easy to train? No

Energy/Activity Level: High

Suitable canine sports/activities: hunting

Exercise requirement: Regular long walks and play sessions, and ideally constant access to a secure yard.

Known health problems: No known hereditary disorders that require screening by breeders at this time. Thrombocytopathy and hip dysplasia might be seen occasionally.

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Recommended books for further reading:

American Foxhound (A Complete and Reliable Handbook)
By Robert Smith and Polly Smith
Published in 2000
94 pages

The American Foxhound
By Thurston J. Rostad
Published in 2008
84 pages

Other websites for additional information:

American Kennel Club breed page
American Foxhound Club
Wikipedia breed information page

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