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The Foxhound is a large, powerful dog with a short, hard wearing and weatherproof coat. They have drop ears, a deep chest and muscular build with the strong tail held high. This playful dog is extremely affectionate and loyal, making Foxhounds amazing members of the family.

The need-to-know
  • Dog suitable for experienced owners
  • Some training required
  • Enjoys active walks
  • Enjoys walking one to two hours a day
  • Large dog
  • Minimum drool
  • Requires grooming once a week
  • Non hypoallergenic breed
  • Very vocal dog
  • Not a guard dog
  • May require training to live with other pets
  • Great family dog

Key Facts

Lifespan: 10 – 12 years
Weight:  29 – 32kg 
Height:  58 – 64cm
Colours:  White base with tan, lemon, brown or black markings, or tricolour 
Size:  Large
UK Kennel Club Groups: Hound


Family-friendly: 4/5
Exercise needs: 5/5
Easy to train: 3/5
Tolerates being alone: 4/5
Likes other pets: 5/5
Energy level: 5/5
Grooming needs: 3/5
Shedding: 3/5


The Foxhound is a working pack hound, bred for centuries to hunt, and to travel long distances at a trot and then further distances at a gallop, several days a week. Although sociable, friendly and affable in character when not working, this breed thrives on hard work, and will not be happy without it.

History and Origins

Country of Origin: England

As their name suggests, the Foxhound was bred to hunt foxes either on foot or followed by a mounted pack depending on the terrain they hunted. Individual hunts developed their own lines specific to their needs, so their breed standard is broad and they have never been a particular popular show or pet dog. Over the years the breed has been refined and altered with the addition of GreyhoundFox Terrier and Bulldog, along with outcrossings to different lines of Foxhound from other packs. Although recognised by the Kennel Club in the UK, the Foxhound almost never appears in Kennel Club run show-rings, instead being shown at agricultural shows as a pack or as couples (pairs of dogs) rather than as individuals. This is and remains very much a working hound. 

Health and Common Issues

Exercise Needs

Space Requirements

Nutrition and Feeding

Grooming Foxhounds

Training Foxhounds

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Did You Know?

  • The Master of Foxhounds Association is the governing body for registered packs and maintains the Foxhound Stud Book which keeps all the records of Foxhounds born into each registered pack since fox hunting began. Foxhound studs are referred to as ‘stallions’, unusual in the dog world but this is related to their close link with horses and horse breeding.
  • Foxhounds briefly came to public attention with the 1981 Disney film The Fox and the Hound but despite its appeal, most people thankfully recognised it as the ultimate parable about the social pressures and expectations put on those from different groups or backgrounds to be adversaries.

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