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English Foxhound


English Foxhound Facts

  • Group
  • Hound
  • Affiliations
  • Height
  • 23" - 27"
  • Weight
  • 50-80 lbs.
  • Lifespan
  • 12 years | Add yours

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  • Exercise Requirement
  • High - This breed requires vigorous daily activity
  • Training Requirement
  • Difficult to Train
  • Grooming Requirement
  • Easy
  • Colors
    • Bi-color (white/tan)
    • Tri-color (white/tan/black)
  • Breed Characteristics
    • Good with children
    • Hunting heritage
    • Should sleep indoors

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Alternate Names

none known


The English foxhound originated in Great Britain.

Date Of Origin

The breeds history can be traced back to the 1700's.


This dog was developed in Great Britain for trailing red fox. It is believed to be a cross of bloodhound types or greyhounds or other sent hounds. It was first imported to the U.S. in the mid-eighteenth century, where it was quickly embraced.


This is a medium to large size muscular dog with a strong head and pronounced brow. The muzzle is long and wide. The medium size drop ears may be cropped smaller. It has a long neck, a deep chest, and straight legs. The short glossy coat is of any hound color, black, tan, and white in any combination.


This is an energetic and enthusiastic dog with a strong prey drive. It gets along with almost everyone including children and other dogs.


It is considered the nonpareil of hounds, used especially in fox hunting in combination with mounted hunters. It can trot along through brambles, marshes and sunny countryside for five or six hours without stopping.

Health Concerns

none known

Additional Information

The English Foxhound is the rarest breed of dog in the United States by AKC registration, with seventeen currently registered.

Show Sources & Contributors +


The Howell Book Of Dogs

Publisher: Wiley Publishing Inc, 2007

Website: http://www.wiley.com/WileyCDA/

Author: Liz Palika

Dog Bible

Publisher: BowTie Press, 2005

Website: http://www.bowtiepress.com/bowtie/

Authors: Kristin Meuh-Roe, Jarelle S. Stein

Simon & Schusters Guide to Dogs

Publisher: Simon & Schuster inc, 1980

Website: http://www.simonandschuster.com

Author: Elizabeth Meriwether Schuler

The New Encyclopedia of the Dog

Publisher: Dorling Kindersley Publishing, 2000

Website: http://www.dk.com

Author: Bruce Fogle


Publisher: WikiMedia Foundation, On Going

Website: http://en.wikipedia.org/

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