American Foxhound Dogs

American Foxhounds are superb house pets—easygoing and laid-back—but they really shine in the fields and wilderness. Make sure they get plenty of time to run around and “hunt,” so to speak. They love exploring their environments and feeling helpful. If you work outside, get your American Foxhound involved in a useful task.

American Foxhound

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Quick Facts

  • 65 - 75 pounds
  • 21 - 25 inches

Ideal Human Companions

    • Active singles
    • Families
    • Experienced dog handlers
    • Outdoorsy types

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Trademark Traits

    • Friendly
    • Laid-back
    • Tireless
    • Task-oriented
    • Reserved

What They Are Like to Live With

These dogs form special bonds with their families, but they won’t beg for attention. American Foxhounds have a very “businesslike” attitude. They are also patient and gentle—especially with children.

Things You Should Know

American Foxhounds can live as long as 12 years. Generally healthy, some can develop hip and eye problems. Also, American Foxhounds tend to gain weight easily. Try to serve them smaller portions, and don’t forget that daily walk!

American Foxhound History

The American Foxhound as we know it came from a pack of English hounds brought to America in 1650. A century later, their descendants were bred with a French Hound given to George Washington by General Lafayette. Or, so they say. American Foxhounds were, and still are, considered beloved hunters, competitors and friends.

The Look of a American Foxhound

American Foxhounds are similar to their English forefathers, except that they are taller, lighter-boned and of course faster. Their bodies are large (for a hound), and their heads are long and somewhat domed. Their widely set ears hang close to the cheek, and their eyes are large and expressive. They have medium-length tails that are carried high without curling over the back, and their thin, rough coats can come in almost any color. Overall, American Foxhounds look alert, quick and hardy.

Talk About American Foxhounds 

Evening is her time to snuggle

Molly has the most beautiful eyes (outlined in black) I've ever seen on a dog -- everyone says so! She is so dependable around children that I never worry when one rambunctious one approaches her.

She loves her walks, but will chill all afternoon on the upstairs bed while watching the street traffic and other dogs go by. Evening is her time to lie on the couch with me to watch TV and put her head in my lap. She is a hunter, of course, so her occasional escapes out the back gate result in multineighbor searches.

~Jane C., owner of American Foxhound