American Foxhound Dog by aihaozhe2


									The American Foxhound is very similar to the English Foxhound, but it is lighter and
taller than the English cousin. Its reputation is that it has a better sense of smell. The
head is long with a good shaped but slightly domed skull. The eyes are big and widely
set and have a pleading look. The ears are pendent and broad, set close to the head.
This is still a large dog and their legs are long and straight. The tail has an upward
curve but doesn't go over his body. The coat is short, somewhat firm and can be of
any colour. These are fast dogs.

History: This Foxhound has come from England, the English hound. They were
brought over in about 1650. This breed was, 100 years later, bred with a French hound
by George Washington. They have been mostly used as hunters and for tracking as
they have a wonderful nose and can track well. The American Foxhound has served as
an untiring hunter throughout the passages of time. With its great nose and speed an
asset to man. Today they are mostly used for hunting and field trials.

Temperament: The American Foxhound dog will need plenty of exercise and is best if
working. It doesn't always make a good house pet as the natural instincts are such due
to their history of outdoor living. Their bark is unique and is low. When they find a
scent they like or wish to follow, they can bay and bark lots. They are formidable
fighters in the hunt. On the other hand, with the right amount of exercise they can be
loving and gentle. They are brilliant with children. Have no problems getting along
with other dogs but a watchful eye needs to be there towards small pets due to the
hunting abilities of this breed. They have endless energy and, to stop indoor
restlessness, you need to take them on long daily walks. The faster the better so brisk
walking, or jogging with this dog is better. As with all dogs this dog needs to know
you are in change and this will allow you to lead the way rather than the dog leading.

Health issues: The American Foxhound dog breed is mostly free of a lot of problems.
You do need to keep an eye on their weight as they can put on weight easily. Good
exercise and portion control works best.

Grooming: The American Foxhound is low maintenance but requires a comb and
brush for short haired dogs. This only needs doing a few times a week. Bathing is not
needed often and should only be done if required.

Living conditions: The American Foxhound is an active dog. It is best to have a very
large garden or acreage. They are not recommended for apartment life. Even with a
large garden this dog needs vigorous exercise and a secure garden to stop them
chasing a scent that they wish to follow.

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