English Foxhound

Description:
The robust English Foxhound's height is anywhere from fifty eight to sixty centimeters and its legs are straight. It should have a good size head but it should not look heavy. The ears should be long and close to its cheeks, and are also somewhat rounded. The closure of its mouth should be perfect without any superior or inferior prognathism. The neck of this dog should be long and clean without any dewlap and should flow towards its shoulders that must be long, muscular and well inclined. The diameter of its chest must be around seventy-five centimeters and the back ribs must be long. The back and lumbar area of this dog should look very muscular as well. Its tail should be well inserted but should not be over its back. The elbows on this dog must be straight and low. The bones on its feet should not look too big and its feet should be rounded like a cat's. This dog's coat is short, thick, strong and shiny. English foxhounds come in different colors.

Ideal owner:
Although this dog is very well balanced and has a very sweet personality it is not that popular as a companion dog. It is very sociable with its fellow mates and will get along just fine with other foxhounds or dogs. Although it really likes people and children, it is a dog that needs to be outside a lot and it is perfectly happy living in a breeding place. It has strong hunting instincts and needs its exercise.

Growth:
The English foxhound weighs around five hundred grams at birth and it grows at a pretty even rhythm. Since it is a very natural breed, it doesn't seem to have growth problems, however it is a very specialized breed and it needs to be well taken care of. If you are not an expert on foxhounds it is suggested to study up on this breed and work together with the breeder or veterinarian to be able to train this dog correctly. Foxhounds require special care, special training, and special diets in order to be able to stand out as a hunting dog.

General health:
Since the Foxhound is a very natural dog it is pretty much 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. 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 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. There have been some cases of deafness in this breed.

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