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Group: Hound - Breed Standard


The Foxhound was created in the late 1500s, as a result of the perception of the depletion of deer in England. Nobles and Royalty had hunted deer for both food and sport, using the Deerhound or Staghound for this purpose. During the reign of Henry VIII, it was perceived that a new prey was needed, and the fox was selected. The Foxhound was then created by a careful mixing of the Greyhound, for speed, the Fox Terrier, for hunting instinct, and the English Bulldog, for tenacity in the hunt.Studbooks for this breed were kept as early as the 1800s. The dogs were meant to trail foxes and live around horses.


Height approx (23-25 ins).

The English Foxhound is about 58-64 cms (21-25 inches) tall to the withers, and weighs anywhere between 65-75 pounds. The skull is wide, the muzzle is long, and eyes carry a sweet expression. The legs are muscular, straight-boned, and the paws are rounded, almost cat-like.


Originally bred as a pack hound, they get along well with other dogs and enjoys human companionship. A tolerant breed that is gentle and social, they get along with horses, children, and other pets.

It is a very active breed that enjoys the hunt, loves running and will run all day with very few breaks in between.

Breed Health

Generally a healthy breed. Occasionally seen are chronic hip dysplasia, renal disease, and epilepsy. The lifespan is typically 10-13 years.

Breed Care

Easy to care for with their short coat, a brush about once a week is required just to remove loose, dead hair and dirt.


The English Foxhound is a very energetic breed. It needs plenty of exercise. This breed needs area to run. If confined to a small area, the foxhound may become destructive. The apartment life is not one for the English Foxhound, but the breed can thrive in a suburban setting, given the proper exercise and attention.


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