English Foxhound

An active, athletic and energetic dog, the English foxhound needs a great deal of exercise to thrive and is best suited for the countryside.

English Foxhound At a glance
The English Foxhound Dog Breed

The English foxhound was bred to work in a large canine pack. Thus, the dog is happiest when he is part of a multi-dog environment.


Weight Range:

Male: 55-75 lbs.
Female: 55-75 lbs.

Height at Withers:

Male: 22-25 in.

Female: 21-24 in.


Floppy ears (naturally)


Exercise Requirements: >40 minutes/day
Energy Level: Average
Longevity Range: 10-12 yrs.
Tendency to Drool: Low Tendency to Snore: Low
Tendency to Bark: Moderate
Tendency to Dig: Low Social/Attention Needs: Moderate

Bred For:

Trailing fox


Length: Short
Characteristics: Flat
Colors: BlaBlack, tan and white in any combination (hound colors), white with yellow or tan
Tendency to Shed: Moderate
Coat Less Allergenic: Yes
Overall Grooming Needs: Low

Club Recognition:

AKC Classification: Sporting
UKC Classification: Scent Hound
Prevalence: So-so

The English foxhound is a stouter dog than his American foxhound cousin. Males are about 22 to 25 inches tall, and females average an inch shorter. Weights range between 6555 and 7075 pounds (259 to 342 kilograms).
The coat is short, dense, hard and glossy. Colors include black, tan,  and white (hound colors), or any combination of the three. Yellow or tan may also appear in the coat, combined with white.

The ears flop downward and lay flat against the head. The eyes are brown. The tail is long and held straight up above the body. The front legs are usually absolutely straight; the hindquarters are very strong to enable the dog to run for long distances at great speeds.

Average life expectancy for an English foxhound is 10-12 years.


The English foxhound is friendly to people and considered good with children, but this dog likes to be in the company of other dogs even better, preferably running around outside. This dog is an active, athletic and energetic one that is happiest in the country with plenty of room to run. The English foxhound does not do well in an apartment.

This dog has tremendous endurance; he can trot through the countryside for many hours without stopping. The English foxhound's passion for hunting and finding the source of an interesting scent may prompt him to wander. English foxhounds bred for fieldwork generally do not make good house pets, because they are too active and hunting oriented to settle for dozing at the family hearth. Show dogs are considered better pets, as long as they receive sufficient physical and mental exercise.

Living With:

The English foxhound may be a canine embodiment of rock star Bruce Springsteen's classic song "Born to Run." This dog needs a great deal of exercise if he is to thrive. As he is likely to take off after an interesting scent, that exercise should be in a safe, confined area or on a leash.

The English foxhound is bred to work in a large canine pack, so the dog is happiest when he is part of a multi-dog household. However, this same pack instinct enables the dog to bond quickly with human pack members, too.

The English foxhound can be quite vocal; barking and baying highlight his repertoire. Although he will alert his fellow pack members to the presence of strangers, he will quiet down quickly when told to do so.

Training and socialization are important for the English foxhound, especially if the dog is not pursuing his ancient calling of hunting. Exposing the dog to as many people, places and new situations as possible and teaching him to perform certain behaviors on command will help give the dog the mental stimulation he craves.

The short coat makes the English foxhound's grooming needs minimal; regular brushing and an occasional bath are all that is necessary.


The English foxhound was developed specifically to run in packs and chase foxes. This is the breed still used in traditional English fox hunts, where hunters on horseback accompany the dog as the red fox is being chased. The dog's forebears include the bloodhound, greyhound, bulldog and fox terrier.

Some historians place the initial development of the English foxhound as far back as the 13th century. Detailed breeding records have been kept by the British Master of Foxhounds Association since around 1800.

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