The English foxhound is a relatively easy dog to care for, as they often need only the basic level of care compared to other dogs. The one exception is that they need plenty of exercise because of their high energy levels. They need a large area to run around in and play. Although they could live in an apartment, this is not the most suitable arrangement as they may raise havoc in a small area if they are not given ample exercise. They are not the type of dog that can be left home alone all day or they may get very bored. [...]
The English foxhound's coat is very easy to maintain. When it is as it should be it is short, hard and glossy. It doesn't require much work to keep it that way. They don't need baths, although some owners who keep their foxhound indoors may want to make sure he is clean by bathing him. He should not be bathed too often; however, as too much bathing strips the natural oils out of the skin. The fur is rough to the touch but is dense and weatherproof. This is very helpful for the English foxhound as this dog spends a lot of time hunting outdoors in inclement weather. [...]
The English foxhound has a wonderful disposition that can be described in many different ways. They are friendly, lovable and very easy going. Although known for having a mind of their own, they are eager to please their owners, providing their owners are keeping their minds stimulated. If they are feeling bored, they won't want to be too cooperative.
They have tons of energy and are extremely social. They are sometimes leery of strangers and other times not. Their social nature doesn't allow them to be standoffish for too long. They don't mature quite as quickly as most breeds, so they are still going to have that playfulness you see in puppies at least until they reach two years of age. [...]
Although the English foxhound was created in the 1500s, they weren't entered into the studbooks until the 1800s. The English foxhound was recognized and approved for the American Kennel Club (AKC) in the 1900s, but they are considered very rare as there are only 17 registered. The very first English foxhound to be registered in the AKC was in 1909 and was named Auditor. The AKC has certain specifications of what the English foxhound should be from the top of their head right to their tail. [...]
The English foxhound makes a wonderful pet for couples with or without children. They seem to get along with everyone and everything. Originally being a pack hound, they get along with other dogs and love being around humans. It also gets along with other outdoor animals such as horses, cows, and so on. It is a very social animal. Although they get along great with dogs and other large animals, they do possess a drive to find prey, which may make them want to chase smaller animals. This could present a problem if you also have cats or other small animals as pets. It's very important that your English foxhound be socialized around your other small animals at a young age. [...]
The English foxhound was originally bred for foxhunting, but it has served many purposes since that time. It has played the role of a hunting dog, a watchdog, a family pet and a working dog. The English foxhound was bred to chase and capture its prey by sight, smell or both. They not only have excellent eyesight, but also the speed and endurance required to catch their prey. These traits have made the English foxhound an excellent hunting and working dog. [...]
The English foxhound is a hunting dog that has been around for many years because of crossbreeding between the Bulldog, Greyhound and Fox Terrier. The English wanted this dog to be the perfect combination of everything they needed for foxhunting.
The first English foxhound to be registered was a dog named "Auditor". The English foxhound is a rare breed of dog, with only 32 registered in 1995. Not only is it a rare breed, but it is the rarest breed in the United States according to the AKC. [...]
Dog ownership is a wonderful and rewarding experience, but one that should not be taken lightly. It requires more than just petting the dog and feeding the dog. Dogs need exercise to live a happy normal life and the English foxhound is no exception.
The English foxhound is a dog that has a very high energy level and needs to be exercised on a daily basis. As I've said, the dog can survive in apartment living, but this is not the recommended living arrangements. [...]
The English foxhound has a short hard coat of hair that is relatively easy to take care of. They are a low shedder if they are properly groomed. They are an excellent dog for allergy sufferers. Unlike many other dogs, the grooming does not consist of a lot of work. Brushing their hair with a firm bristle brush will help get rid of anything they may have picked up while outdoors or hunting. [...]
The origin of the English foxhound began in the Middle Ages when the Nobility and Aristocrats in England bred this dog for foxhunting. They originally crossbred it from French hunting dogs. The organized horse hunts were very popular in England ever since they began in the 13th century. The English hunters, however, were not completely satisfied with the dogs they had to use. They wanted dogs that were faster and smaller than the traditional hound dogs. [...]
There are a variety of hounds developed to accompany man on the hunt, which can be divided into three main categories. Sighthounds are incredibly fast and chase prey down, using their eyes as their main tools for locating prey; these hounds will kill the prey themselves, not waiting for their human handlers. Scent hounds are not as swift as sight hounds, but have an incredible amount of endurance; these dogs do not need to see the prey, but follow its scent. They usually signal to the hunter when prey has been found so that the hunter can kill the game. Lastly, there is the category of hounds with no distinct name, in which you find dogs that can hunt using both scent and sight. [...]
The history of the English Foxhound can be traced back through an organization known as the British Masters of Foxhounds Association, which was originally developed in Great Britain in the early 1800's. This group, comprised mostly of dedicated fox hunters, kept records of the various hunting packs, mostly owned by the wealthy royalty of the time, including breeding records and statistical information.
The English Foxhound was developed from several breeds of dogs and was designed to produce a dog that had strong hunting and pack instincts, a good ability to scent, as well as an ability to keep ahead of mounted hunters. [...]