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English Foxhound

Tags: hound, Large-sized, Requires firm, dedicated training

We've been valued pack hunters in England and France since the 15th Century when my ancestors were Staghounds and deer-hunting Bloodhounds. In France our packs hunted wild boar and deer, whilst the English hunters had us on the tail (or is it trail?) of foxes. Whatever the quarry, it had better be swift because English Foxhounds can cover 4 miles in 8 minutes, galloping for hours on end if necessary. Brought to the United States (before they were called that in the 17th Century) we were used to develop the American Foxhound. And the English Foxhound was a favorite of Napoleon III, which ought to tell you something about his good judgment.

Rave review

  • Agile and active
  • Born to run
  • Courageous canine
  • Energizer doggie
  • Lives to work

Report card

  • Hardy hunter
  • Independent thinker
  • Outdoor enthusiast
  • Stubborn streak
  • Training must be firm, patient, consistent

What to expect

Let's be clear about one or two things regarding English Foxhounds. We never billed ourselves as family-loving household companions. We're pack-hunting dogs, first and foremost, and we make great companions for hunters who need a pack of canine buddies. We're happy to be trained for pack-hunting purposes -- and content to leave the kid corralling and lap napping to other breeds.

Watch for

Possible deafness, osteochondritis of the spine.

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