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English Foxhound – Dog Breeds Guide

Breed summary

Size: Large
Weight: 65 to 70 pounds
Height: 21 to 25 inches
Longevity: 10
Bark Tendency: High
Aggression: Low
Compatibility to other pets: High

Adopt an English Foxhound, Dog Breed Guide


Before the American Foxhound, there is the English Foxhound variety. These English native dogs are the progenitors of the foxhound across the Atlantic. They share almost similar traits, but the English Foxhound variety are considered stockier and a bit more sluggish compared to their American cousins.

Official Name

English Foxhound


Date – 1800’s / Country – Great Britain
Family / Group – Scenthound, Hound

Recognized By

Continental Kennel Club
Fédération Cynologique Internationale
American Kennel Club
Canadian Kennel Club
National Kennel Club
New Zealand Kennel Club
African Pet Registry, Inc.
American Canine Registry
Dog Registry of America, Inc.
North American Purebred Registry, Inc.


Developed originally in Great Britain, breeders were looking to produce a stocky scent hound that would excel in trailing red foxes. It is believed to be a cross of Bloodhound types and Greyhounds or other scent hounds. It was first imported to the United States in the mid-eighteenth century, where it was quickly embraced. The American Foxhound was developed from the English Foxhound.


This is an energetic and enthusiastic dog with a strong prey drive. It gets along with almost everyone, including children and other dogs.

Bred For

Specifically bred to hunting red foxes.


English foxhounds are not meant to be house dogs. They are naturally outdoor pack members.


American Foxhound are coated with a smooth and short-haired coat which is easy to groom. Comb and brush with a firm bristled brush, and shampoo only when necessary. This breed is an average shedder.


Patience is needed when training these types of dogs, various traits and skills in scent tracking will make it a bit difficult.


The English Foxhound relatively healthy dog breed, Although they tend to get overweight, so feeding should be supervised.


Like other hunting breeds, the English Foxhounds are dogs that require daily exercise. Daily long walks or jogging should be done regularly. Do not adopt an this type of scent hound if you do not have time to devote for their activity needs.