The short, glossy coat is a snap to groom.
Like most hounds, the English Foxhound is an independent breed and can be stubborn. Originally meant to run long distances in a pack, he needs daily exercise. Training is also important due to his pack instincts. The breed’s short, dense, hard, and glossy coat requires minimal maintenance.
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 English Foxhound is a large breed and has a lifespan of 12 to 14 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.
The do shed so expect a bit more grooming during the seasonal shedding seasons, usually twice a year. But with regular brushing your dog’s coat will shine with health. Their fast-growing strong nails should be trimmed regularly with a nail clipper or grinder to avoid overgrowth, splitting and cracking. Their long pendulous ears should be checked regularly to avoid a buildup of wax and debris which can result in an infection. Teeth should be brushed regularly.
These pack-oriented, scent-driven hounds of great speed and legendary stamina can be so possessed by a primal instinct for pursuit that not much else, including training, matters to them. That’s why Foxhounds are rarely seen as house pets and, year after year, rank last or near last in AKC dog registrations. Owning these noble creatures is best left to huntsmen who kennel packs of hounds or to those with experience in meeting the special challenges of life with swift, powerful hounds hardwired for the chase.
English Foxhound &HEALTH
Like all breeds there may be some health issues, like hip dysplasia. Some dogs may be faced with these health challenges in their lives, but the majority of English Foxhounds are healthy dogs. Working with a responsible breeder, those wishing to own a English Foxhounds 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.