Meet the breed: American Foxhound

by SheKnows
Apr 19, 2014 at 9:00 a.m. ET

Choosing to add a furry friend to your growing household is a long-term commitment, and picking a breed that fits your lifestyle presents the key to a happy home. With over 160 American Kennel Club-recognized breeds, that decision can seem overwhelming. We're here to help you meet the breed that's right for you. If you're looking for an extra farm hand or a hunting companion, find out everything you need to know about the American Foxhound.


  • Outdoorsman
  • Loyal
  • Fast
  • Hunter
  • Companion



Bred to hunt rocky terrains, the American Foxhound is a natural hunter and outdoorsman. Relying on scent, American Foxhounds live for the hunt. George Washington is referred to as the father of the American Foxhound, breeding the dogs which are one of the few American native breeds.

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Breed standards

  • AKC group: Hound
  • UKC group: Scenthound
  • Average lifespan: 10-12 years
  • Coat appearance: Short, smooth
  • Coloration: Any
  • Hypoallergenic: No
  • Other identifiers: Taller than other breeds, with a stronger sense of smell; long, lean legs; large, dome-like head; wide-set eyes with a genuine and kind expression; ears frame face and are against head; tail curved upward.
  • Possible alterations: Eyes may be hazel or brown in color.

Is this breed right for you?

Not meant for apartment living, American Foxhounds need a home with a lot of land to roam. A loyal dog for families, this breed will need to be exercised regularly with walks, runs or hunts. Best for hunters or people with active lifestyles, this breed can be very protective of his human kind. Meant to work in packs, American Foxhounds pair easily with other pups but not any other animal.

American foxhound breed characteristics

A dream day in the life of an American Foxhound

Starting his day off with an early morning hunt, the American Foxhound loves to stay busy. With little downtime in the home, he would love to accompany his owner for a day on the farm or on the trails. Stopping for little rest, this pup wants to hunt, run and listen to all of the commands that his pack leader — you — throw at him.

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