Foxhound

Hound Group

Foxhound dog standing in front of white background with tongue out

Height at Shoulders

21-24 in

Weight

60-75 lbs

Life Expectancy

10-13 yrs

History

The Foxhound originated in England during the 1600's. The desire for foxhunting dogs came at the end of the Middle Ages as forests began shrinking and along with them, deer populations. Before this time, foxhunting was deemed a lowly sport, as it was essentially just pest removal. However, the British gentry still wanted to hunt despite the shortage of deer, so they gradually switched over to fox hunting. The Foxhound was developed from crosses between large stag-hunting hounds and quick Greyhound-like sighthounds.

Breed Characteristics

While not all Foxhounds will display the exact characteristics typical of the breed, most share a personality and temperament can be generalized by the characteristic rankings below. 

Intelligence

Affection Towards Family

Friendliness Towards Strangers

Friendliness Towards Other Dogs

Exercise Needs

★★★☆☆

★★★★☆

★★★☆☆

★★★★★

★★★★★

Energy Level

Sensitivity

Noise Level

Prey Drive

Shedding

★★★☆☆

★★

★★

★☆

Intelligence

★★★☆☆


Affection Towards Family

★★★★☆


Friendliness Towards Strangers

★★★☆☆


Friendliness Towards Other Dogs

★★★★★


Exercise Needs

★★★★★


Energy Level


Sensitivity

★★★☆☆


Noise Level

★★


Prey Drive

★★


Shedding

★☆

Common Traits

Kind, gentle, and tolerant; great family dogs

Known to be independent and a bit stubborn

Intense prey drive and will not hesitate to chase an animal for miles

Have a very loud bark and make good watchdogs

Generally are happiest if they have another dog in the house; otherwise may become bored and destructive