English Foxhound

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English Foxhound History

The English Foxhound is a large, muscular hound with a bushy tail. The coat is white with tan or brown highlights. The ears are erect and pendant, hanging close to the head. The eyes are typically a light blue. The origin of the English Foxhound can be traced to the 12th century, when it was first developed in England. Many believe the first hounds were developed around the 12th century, and that their origins are tied to ancient and medieval bloodhounds. Over time, other European hounds were introduced, such as the Irish Wolfhound and the Talbot Hound. The small size of the hounds was problematic, so larger dogs were bred into them, creating the modern foxhound. The modern English Foxhound has its origins in 18th-century England, when the Duchy of Cornwall developed the White Greyhound – a moniker that is still used for the modern hounds. White Greyhounds were crossed with Talbot and Otterhounds, and the resulting stock was used to create the modern English Foxhound. The English Foxhound is used extensively in hunting, and more than 3,000 are registered each year. The sport of foxhunting was a rite of passage for men in the late 18th and 19th centuries, and many British gentlemen had the unenviable task of training their hounds to wolf hunt.

Time of Origin


Country of Origin

Great Britain

English Foxhound Physical Characteristics

The English Foxhound is a medium-sized or a large-size breed that typically stands between 25 and 28 inches tall at the shoulder and weighs between 75 and 130 pounds. They have a long, lean body with a broad chest and a bushy, coarse, thick, and long coat that is reddish-brown, gray, or red-white-and-gray. They have a round head and a fox-like muzzle. The eyes of the English Foxhound are deep-set and amber-colored. They have a strong jaw, small, erect ears, and a narrow skull. They are good natured dogs, but they have high energy and require regular exercise.

Eye Colors

Hazel, Brown

Nose Colors


Coat Colors


Height Range

Male Height Range: 23 – 27 inches

Female Height Range: 23 – 27 inches

Weight Range

Male Weight Range: 55 – 75 lbs

Female Weight Range: 55 – 75 lbs

English Foxhound Health

Description of breed health.


10-13 yrs

English Foxhound Health Concerns

Epilepsy, Spinal Disorder, Deafness, Hip Dysplasia

English Foxhound Temperament and Behaviour

The English Foxhound is a calm, easygoing and good-natured breed of dog that is sensitive and loyal to their families. They are easy going with new people, but may try to chase after any small animals while outside. They are independent and stubborn, but are also easily trained.

English Foxhound Activity Requirements

English Foxhounds are a pack-oriented, high-energy dog. They need lots of activity and interaction with their family. If they aren’t given enough mental and physical stimulation, they may become bored and destructive. A brisk, daily walk or jog will help your English Foxhound stay happy and healthy. They also enjoy playing with balls and Frisbees. If your English Foxhound doesn’t get enough activity, they will be prone to digging, barking, and chewing, so it is important to keep them busy.

Miles Per Day


Activity Per Day


Daily Food

3 cups

Kennel Club Recognition

American Kennel Club

Recognized by the American Kennel Club

English Foxhound is part of the Hound group.

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The Kennel Club

Recognized by The Kennel Club

English Foxhound is part of the Hound group.

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Australian National Kennel Council

Recognized by the Australian National Kennel Council

English Foxhound is part of the Hound group.

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Canadian Kennel Club

Recognized by the Canadian Kennel Club

English Foxhound is part of the Hound group.

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