The striking conformation of an American Foxhound bears a striking resemblance to the body build of a Beagle. The dog measures from 21 to 25 inches at the withers and weighs from 65 to 75 pounds. This breed’s sleek athletic body is well covered with a short coat that ranges from black, tan and white, tan and white or red and white color combinations. The admirable speed of this excellent hunter is attributed to the well boned strong legs.
The American Foxhound is a very old breed – older than America, the country it was named after. This breed originated from the pack of English hunting dogs that was brought to the Crown Colony by Robert Brooke in 1650.
In Great Britain, these dogs were highly acclaimed for their excellent hunting abilities. The dogs were used by the British landed gentry to hunt foxes. Hunted in packs, the dogs will chase the prey while the hunters follow on horseback. The deep and booming melodious voice will distinctly change to alert the hunters when a prey is found. Settlers of the New World utilize these dogs to hunt foxes as well. Because of the ferocious nature, the dogs are believed to have been used by the English military commanders to track Indians.
The English Foxhounds were crossed and re-crossed with the dogs of settlers from Ireland and France until a new breed that has adapted to the conditions of the new country has evolved. This has resulted to the development of the American Foxhound.
The American Foxhound was actually developed to be a hunting dog. An American Foxhound would be in its element if it is chasing a prey. An ultra sensitive scenting ability, a remarkable staying power and a passionate desire to overpower a prey make this breed a notable hunter. Once this dog has found an interesting scent nothing can stop the dog from trailing the prey. As the breed name suggests, foxes are the usual prey of these dogs although these hunting dogs will not pass up the chance to run after any animal.No wonder, the breed is highly valued as a hunting dog.
American Foxhounds are first and foremost highly valued for their remarkable hunting abilities. However, apart from the hunting prowess, these dogs are valued as well for their loving and gentle nature. These energetic dogs turn into placid pets with gentle disposition at home. This breed is not a one man dog. An American Foxhound loves all the members of the family but the dogs are noted to be especially friendly and affectionate with the children.