The American Foxhound's short coat is easy to care for, but owners will need patience and persistence in training, as the breed can be stubborn and independent.
They were bred to run, so they are an ideal pet for those who live in rural areas or on large farms. They can do well in smaller areas, however, with owners who provide them with adequate exercise. Hounds raised in the home tend to be mild tempered and easy going, getting along with children and most other pets. Their short coat is easy to care for, but owners will need patience and persistence in training, as the breed can be stubborn and independent.
Depending on the size of your dog as an adult you are going to want to feed them a formula that will cater to their unique digestive needs through the various phases of their life. Many dog food companies have breed-specific formulas for small, medium, large and giant breeds. The American Foxhound is a large breed and has a lifespan of 10 to 13 years.
What you feed your dog is an individual choice, but working with your veterinarian and/or breeder will be the best way to determine frequency of meals as a puppy and the best adult diet to increase his longevity. Clean, fresh water should be available at all times.
Their easy-to-care-for coats shed very little. Using a soft bristle brush or a hound glove will work well to keep their coats in good condition. Hound nails should be trimmed regularly to avoid overgrowth. Long hanging hound ears should be checked regularly to avoid a buildup of wax and debris. These types of long ears tend to hold moisture in a dark place, which creates an ideal environment for bacteria to start frequent ear infections. Teeth should be brushed regularly.
These are noble, good-natured, low-maintenance hounds who get on well with children, other dogs, and even cats. So, why don’t you see more of them as house pets? Well, Foxhounds come with special considerations. They need an awful lot of exercise, or they get depressed and destructive. A Foxhound’s single-minded prey drive must be managed. Their loud bawling is melodious to hound lovers but a nuisance to neighbors. And training and housebreaking these independent souls is a steep challenge for novice owners.
American Foxhound &HEALTH
Some have been know to have hip dysplasia and ear infections but not enough to call it a chronic problem in the breed. While typically a healthy breed, some have occasionally suffered from thrombocytopathy which is caused by poorly functioning platelets and results in abnormal or excessive bleeding from minor scrapes.
Working with a responsible breeder, those wishing to own an American Foxhound can gain the education they need to know about specific health concerns within the breed. Good breeders utilize genetic testing of their breeding stock to reduce the likelihood of disease in their puppies.