This large, powerful dog has a short coat that comes in any recognised hound colour. He has drop ears, a deep chest, and a muscular physique. The tail is high, but doesn't curl over the back. An adult is about 58-64 cm tall and weighs 29-32kg.
Developed by breeding various hounds and refined with the addition of the Greyhound, the Fox Terrier and even the Bulldog, the Foxhound dog breed has been used for hunting fox since the 18th century when the fox began to replace the deer as a popular quarry. Kept in packs on estates, so the wealthy could indulge their pastime, the Foxhound has always been a hunting pack dog primarily, rather than a pet or show dog.
Foxhounds are pack hounds through and through. Bred over centuries to hunt, he is not ideally suited to most modern homes and lifestyles, and has the stamina to run miles and miles every day – something that is beyond most homes! That said, he gets along well with other dogs and people – including children – and is a friendly, sociable dog.
The Foxhound is a very hardy breed with few health problems commonly encountered.
The Foxhound needs at least two hours of free running a day. Bred to hunt all day in all kinds of conditions, he has great stamina and loves nothing more than following his nose.
Large breed dogs, as well as having large appetites, benefit from a different balance of nutrients including minerals and vitamins compared to smaller-breed dogs. The Foxhound, with his deep chest, is more prone to bloating and stomach problems; smaller, more frequent meals can help minimise this risk.
The short, smooth coat is dense, offering protection against the weather and also any hazards when hunting – brambles and so on. A quick brush once a week is all that is necessary to keep the coat in good order.