English Foxhound

Description English Foxhound

Friendly, Gentle, Sociable
Despite its outgoing character, the English Foxhound is not suitable purely as a family dog. To this day it is mainly used in packs for hunting and is therefore influenced by its conspecifics. In order to turn this active, intelligent animal into a domestic dog, you need experience in dealing with the breed and enough activity.FCI Group: Hounds – Scenthounds – Related Breeds

  • Size: Large
  • Weight: 25-35kg
  • Life expectancy: 10-13 years
  • Coat type: short hair
  • Colours: white-black, white-orange, white, lemon yellow-white

Character English Foxhound

A typical hunting dog, the English Foxhound has a deep chest with plenty of room for large lungs. These and its long, slender legs enable it to run with endurance.
The musculature is well distributed in this breed, so that the animals do not appear sluggish despite their extensive movement. They still have an elegant and at the same time powerful appearance. Your shoulders and straight back are also well muscled.

Her eyes have a gentle expression.
The English Foxhound’s head is broad with a long muzzle. The floppy ears are large and drop-shaped. Her thin tail sets high. The paws are round and reminiscent of cat paws.

The fur is short, dense and smooth, the individual hairs are rather firm and hard.
The character of the English Foxhound is that of a typical hunting dog. He needs a consistent hand, otherwise he may become willful and disobedient.
If he is kept in a pack, he shows himself to be highly social and friendly when living with his conspecifics. Even when shaped on humans, it exhibits a gentle, peaceful demeanor.

Ideally, this breed is kept with other dogs. He sees other pets such as cats or rodents as prey. Socialization is therefore difficult. If he is not used for hunting, he absolutely needs a lot of exercise and mental activity. It is not suitable for keeping in an apartment or in a big city.

Diet English Foxhound

Since these animals are mainly used for hunting, they need sufficient and at the same time high-quality feed with a lot of protein. In the case of intensive training, an increased fat content is also a good idea. You should therefore make sure that the food, whether dry or wet food, contains as little grain as possible. Instead, choose one with a lot of meat to meet your dog’s protein needs.
To prevent obesity, you also need to adjust the rations to the dog’s activity level.

At times when he is less active, he should also be given less food.
The last portion should be given three hours before training or hunting. This gives the dog enough time to digest the meal and you reduce the risk of an upset stomach. It is not necessary for the English Foxhound to be fed in between, even during longer training sessions. Sufficient fresh water should of course still be available to him.

To keep the menu varied, you can occasionally offer chews. But do without rumen.


This breed’s short coat requires almost no grooming. Occasional brushing, however, stimulates blood circulation and ensures that loose hair is removed. It also strengthens the bond between you and your dog.
If the English Foxhound is being hunted, you should check them for injuries after each hunt. Its large floppy ears also need your attention in order to detect inflammation at an early stage.

It is also best to check your teeth regularly so that you can react to tartar.
The English Foxhound is prone to Hound Ataxia. This disease could be favored by rumen feeding. Because of this, your English Foxhound should not be given this snack.
Hound ataxia occurs between the ages of two and seven.

It shows itself in movement disorders up to signs of paralysis. In addition, the panniculus reflex (the twitching muscle response when, for example, insects land on the dog) is reduced. There are no promising therapies for this.


The name already reveals the origin of this breed: England. The ancestors of the English Foxhounds were kept in packs and used for fox hunting several hundred years ago. Targeted breeding began in the 19th century. The pedigrees up to this point in time have been preserved to this day. the English Foxhounds alive today can therefore show a pedigree going back more than 200 years.

Since traditional fox hunting is now also banned in England, the animals now follow an artificial track instead of hunting real foxes.

English Foxhound Accessories

The English Foxhound is bred specifically for hunting. If you want to live up to the traditional attitude of this breed, you need a large pack. In England, these packs are still often kept in lavishly designed kennels. A large, securely fenced garden in which the animals can let off steam is also an advantage. You also need a tear-resistant leash and a well-fitting harness for this strong dog.

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