American Foxhound

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American Foxhound History

The American Foxhound is a type of hound that originated in the 1600s and was traditionally used to hunt foxes. The AKC recognized the foxhound in 1885. Today, the foxhound is still used in some parts of the world for hunting.

Time of Origin


Country of Origin

United States Of America


English Foxhound

American Foxhound Physical Characteristics

The American Foxhound is a medium-sized, muscular, and athletic breed of scent hound. They usually stand between 23 and 27 inches at the shoulders, and weigh between 65 and 80 pounds. They are excellent hunters and trackers that are equipped with long legs, a long tail, and a powerful nose. They have a sleek, aerodynamic body and short, smooth, and straight hair. Their head is broad with a slightly domed skull and hanging ears. Their eyes are typically dark brown and they have a straight, wide muzzle.

Eye Colors

Hazel, Brown

Nose Colors

Black, Brown

Coat Colors

Black, Brown, Red, Cream, Blue, White, Pied

Height Range

Male Height Range: 22 – 25 inches

Female Height Range: 21 – 24 inches

Weight Range

Male Weight Range: 40 – 65 lbs

Female Weight Range: 40 – 65 lbs

American Foxhound Health

Description of breed health.


10-13 yrs

American Foxhound Health Concerns

Usually A Very Healthy Breed, Ear Infections, Thrombocytopathy

American Foxhound Temperament and Behaviour

The American Foxhound dog breed is an intelligent, determined, and loyal breed. They are known for their keen sense of smell and their tracking abilities. American Foxhounds are friendly and devoted to their family, but they can be reserved around strangers. They are active and playful, and they need plenty of exercise. American Foxhounds are also known for their howling, which they do when they are bored or lonely.

American Foxhound Activity Requirements

American Foxhounds are large scent hounds originally bred for hunting. They are known for being kind and patient, but they need lots of exercise and time outside. While they are not as high energy as some other breeds, they still require a lot of exercise and room to play. They are happiest with big yards where they can roam and hunt. They also enjoy a good game of fetch or a walk with their people. Most American Foxhounds are happiest when they have a job to do, like hunting, tracking, or participating in dog sports. A bored or lonely American Foxhound can be a destructive, unhappy pet. If you are looking for a companion for your outdoor adventures, an American Foxhound may be the perfect addition to your pack. But make sure you are prepared to have the time and outdoor space for their needs.

Miles Per Day

14 miles

Activity Per Day

90 minutes

Daily Food

3 cups

Kennel Club Recognition

American Kennel Club

Recognized by the American Kennel Club

American Foxhound is part of the Hound group.

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The Kennel Club

Not Recognized

American Foxhound is part of the Unclassified group.

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Australian National Kennel Council

Recognized by the Australian National Kennel Council

American Foxhound is part of the Hound group.

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Canadian Kennel Club

Recognized by the Canadian Kennel Club

American Foxhound is part of the Hound group.

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