Group 4: Hounds
Male: 56 – 63 cm
Female: 53 – 61 cm

Energy Level:  Moderate to high
Original Function: Hunting
Lifespan: 10 yrs or under

Recommended for: Active people & families who are very experienced with dogs & can handle the foxhound’s enthusiastic outlook.

Note: Not many in Australia


About This Breed

The English Foxhound was developed using such breeds as the St. Hubert’s hound, Talbot hound and several types of Terriers. They have been carefully bred since the mid -19th century and used in packs to chase foxes with hunters following on horseback. They have impressive stamina and a good nose able to run steadily for hours at a time. They were bred for hunting, tracking, as a watchdog and agility.

Foxhounds are typical hounds, active, friendly, outgoing, needing company but once on a scent they are totally focused and deaf to their owners. They make great family dogs, enjoy human company and are good with children.

General Characteristics

Appearance: Large sized powerful and clean cut body. Well balanced head, skull flat, of medium width. Muzzle long and square. Eyes medium size, hazel or brown. Ears pendant shaped, high set & carried close to head. Tail- Well set on high. Carried upright but never curled over back.

Temperament: Very active, bold and passionate hunter. Friendly not aggressive.

Characteristics: Stamina and endurance, natural ability to hunt

Colour: Any recognised hound colour and markings. eg. Usually tricolour (black, white and tan), or bi-colour with a white background.

Coat: Short and dense. Weatherproof.

Grooming: The short, hard coat is easy to care for. Comb and brush with a firm bristle brush, and shampoo only when necessary. This breed is an average shedder.

Exercise: This breed needs extensive daily running to be happy. It can become destructive if confined too much. They may take off after any interesting scent, so do not take the English Foxhound off its leash unless you are in a safe area.

Health: There are no significant diseases recorded for this breed. They are a hardy and sound animal.