American Foxhound

Description:
The American Foxhound can vary in the way it looks, and this is because breeders within the United States have developed different types. Although they are different in looks there are some things that must always be kept in mind when choosing one. This dog is slender, muscular and was created to run. The front legs are straight, the hips and femur are strong and muscular; the tibia should look strong and long. The tail on this dog should not be too long and it should carry it over its back contently and moderately high. This dog's coat is dense and strong which is typical in hounds. The head of this dog is relatively long and slightly rounded, but not flat. The muzzle should not be too long or too thin. The ears are long and should reach down to the tip of its nose; they are lowly inserted and should be soft to the touch. It has big eyes that are separate with a pleasing and gentle expression to them. They come in a variety of colors.

Ideal owner:
The American Foxhound is a very sociable family dog, and it is an excellent group-hunting dog as well. These dogs are truly canines in heart and soul. They love people and children and when a stranger is around they can't resist smelling. They get along well with other dogs and since they have a loud voice they are excellent guard dogs.

Growth:
An American Foxhound's weight at birth is around half a kilogram and it will on average weigh around two and a half to three kilograms at six weeks of age. At six months this dog will weigh over twenty-five kilograms and its height should be around fifty-six centimeters. On average it reaches physical maturity at eighteen months of age and by this time it should weigh around thirty-two kilograms and its height should be around sixty to sixty-three centimeters. The front spurs should be removed as soon as possible since they can cause unnecessary lesions on hunting dogs. The ears of this dog should be long and lowly inserted as well as wide when they are born and must be very noticeable at eight weeks of age. The quality of the coat and color change a bit, however at around a year of age it should have its typical hound coat and the hair should be long, strong and impermeable.

General health:
This dog is relatively exempt from hereditary problems and is very resistant to diseases. Probably the biggest problem in these dogs is their abundant amount of energy and fearless nature, as this can cause it to get hurt and cause broken bones. Avoid getting one that has been crossed with blue colored ones because breeders affirm that this type of cross can lead to all kinds of complications in this dog. It has been informed that they can have back problems. Make sure to ask the breeder about thromboclasis, which is a blood abnormality unique to this breed. The American Foxhound needs to live in company of other dogs and needs to get plenty of exercise everyday. It is an untiring work dog and does not like being stuck in the house with nothing to do. All American Foxhounds need a big area such as a garden or field to run in so keep this in mind before getting one. The amount of care they require are minimal but the ears and eyes should be checked at least once a week to avoid any signs of infection or foreign objects.

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