The English Foxhound first came about in the late 16th century, and as its name implies, was bred to hunt foxes in the English countryside. Though this breed dates back more than four centuries, they can still be found today, as their breed is a well established part of English culture. The breed is a mixture of Greyhound, Bulldog, and Fox Terrier.
The English Foxhound makes a wonderful pet. If you are thinking about adopting one, or you already have one, here are seven important facts you should know.
1. Highly Active Breed
When we say the English Foxhound is a highly active breed, we mean highly active. Unless you’ve had one before, you could not imagine the levels of energy and endurance this breed has. Whether you’re throwing a ball around with them, hiking, or simply taking a walk around the block, they will go all day. If you own one, make sure you’re giving them enough exercise.
English Foxhounds can become very protective of their owners over time. While they might be timid as puppies, they can mature into fierce guard dogs that won’t back down if they think you’re in danger. Though they are gentle and playful with those in their “pack,” they don’t like newcomers, but can get used to them after a while.
3. Intelligent, Fast Learners
They may not be the smartest breed there is, but you’d be surprised how quickly they can pick up on things and learn a routine. This breed is exceptionally observant, and they will figure out your habits and routines all on their own. Training them to follow commands and perform tricks is fairly easy, and can usually be accomplished in one or two sessions with a box of treats; however, training an English Foxhound to ignore their hunting instincts can be nearly impossible, so you may want to take them to a professional for that.
4. Loyal Companions
English Foxhounds love to be by your side. Wherever you go, they want to tag along. They are an affectionate breed, but not overly so. Mostly, they just want to be near you, and be a part of the action. However, this also means they don’t like to be left alone. Your English Foxhound may have separation anxiety in the beginning, but with time and patience they can learn to be left alone – without chewing up all of your favorite things.
While the English Foxhound’s curiosity can lead to some cute moments, it can also lead them to trouble. They have a powerful nose, and will track any scent that piques their interest, so you should always keep an eye on them to make sure they’re not sticking their snout where it doesn’t belong.
The English Foxhound is a medium-sized breed that ranges from 55 lb to 75 lb. However, they are surprisingly strong for their size – notice the musculature on the dog in the photos. They can easily pull you over, and snap leashes and collars, which is why it’s important you train them not to pull on the leash.
English Foxhounds love to play, especially with other dogs and children. If you have kids, they’re a great choice. They’re not too big or too small, and they will play with your kids until they’re literally too tired to play anymore. That said, even if you don’t have kids or other dogs, English Foxhounds are perfectly content fetching a stick or going for a walk. They just want to be active and play, no matter where, when, or with whom.
Additional Fun Facts
- English Foxhounds are a sociable and tolerant breed.
- English Foxhounds have round paws that can be described as cat-like.
- English Foxhounds can run all day, seldom taking breaks.
- English Foxhounds have four color schemes: tan, red, black and white, and tricolor.
- English Foxhounds are one of the four foxhound breeds, including their cousin, the American Foxhound.
- English Foxhounds have few health problems, and an average lifespan of 10 to 13 years.