Origin: United States
Colour: Black, Tan and White
American Foxhounds are fast, strong and smart.
Foxhounds like children and other people and can be lovable pets, but usually they are bred for a special purpose: chasing foxes.
The first pack of foxhounds in America arrived from England on a sailing ship in 1650. George Washington had hounds from both England and France. These and other foxhounds were brought into America even before it was the United States. They are the ancestors of today's American Foxhounds.
American Foxhounds are skilled in following scents. They are generally fast, smart, strong, and friendly. Hundreds of years of pack living make them comfortable in the company of other animals. They know how to get along without being too bossy or fussy.
The Foxhound enjoys country living. He has a strong need for lots of outdoor exercise. Weekly brushing takes care of his short, thick coat, which is usually black, tan, and white, although any color is acceptable.
Excerpts from the Standard
General Appearance: Having a close, hard coat of medium length and a muscular body, there are several types within the standard.
Size, Proportion, and Substance: Height--males, 22 to 25 inches; females, 21 to 24 inches at the withers.
Fox hunting is chasing foxes with a pack of hounds while riding on horses. Today it is practiced for fun and not to control the number of foxes. Only experienced riders can "ride to hounds." The most important members of the fox hunt club wear red coats, which are called "pink." All the other riders are dressed in their finest riding clothes, usually including black coats, boots, and hats.
Excerpted from The Complete Dog Book For Kids © 1996, John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
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