AMERICAN FOXHOUND DOG

The American Foxhound in the United States can vary in appearance, since hunters and breeders throughout the country have developed different types. Despite these variations, the American Foxhound is a slim, muscled, animal built for chasing. Forelegs are straight; hips and femur are string and muscular; the tibia is strong and long. The tail, not too long and carried happily, moderately high inserted. The coat is dense and strong, typical in hound breeds. The skull is relatively long and slightly rounded, never flat. The muzzle should not be too long or too fine. The ears should be long (reaching the tip of the nose), low inserted and soft to the touch. The eyes are large, well separated, with a pleasing and gentle expression. The color of the coat is never considered in hound breeds, but the most frequent is the tricolor design,
The slimmest of known foxhound breeds, the American Foxhound is designed for hunting. It is a robust athlete. 
   
WHO IS IT RIGHT FOR
The American Foxhound is mostly a sociable family dog, and in second place a work dog that hunts in group. These are dogs in body and soul. They love people and children, and react to strangers as training a fox. Naturally as pack dogs, they get along with other dogs, and are guardians with good voice.
An expression that convinces anyone of the Foxhound’s sweet character. 
 
DEVELOPMENT             
The American Foxhound weighs around half a kilo at birth and will have gained 2.5 to 3 kg and height over 56 cm. Physical maturity is usually reached at 18 months, with a weigh of approximately 32 kg and a height between 60 and 63 cm. Front and hind dewclaws are removed as soon as possible, since in hunting dogs can cause unnecessary. The ear should be hound type (long, low inserted and quite wide) at birth and should be very noticeable after eight weeks. The coat quality and color change very little; however, after a year the dog should have its hound jacket, medium length hair, strong and impermeable.
 
The American Foxhound is an excellent company dog: it is naturally kind and pleasing with its people. 
 
HEALTH             
The Foxhound is a “survivor” in the classical sense of the word. Except for needing plenty of exercise, it is easy to have and can live around 13 years. 
Relatively exempt of hereditary problems and disease resistant, perhaps the biggest problem in these dogs is its abundant energy and practically fearless nature, which can lead to injuries and bone fractures. Avoid every dog proceeding from lines that have crossings with “merle” blue specimens, because there are breeders that assure that such crossings create complications on any type of dog. Some back problems have been reported, including osteochondritis. Ask about trombocytopathy, a unique blood anomaly in the breed. The American Foxhound needs to live in company with other dogs and should run and jump every day. It is a tireless worker, not an inactive domestic dog; every American Foxhound should have a large external yard. Care is minimal, but ears and eyes should be inspected at least once a week for signs of infection or foreign objects.