The English Foxhound is a hunting breed, bred to hunt by scent, originally in packs. It is the original of the two Foxhound breeds. It was created in the 1500s after the deer supply in England was depleted, so they turned to hunting fox. The Foxhound is a mix of the Greyhound, Fox Terrier, and the Bulldog.
The English Foxhound can weigh as little as 65 up to 100 plus pounds and stands 21 to 25 inches high. It has muscular legs, and a large head which is both wide and long. Its eyes are very expressive.
The breed is incredibly active due to its origins as a hunting dog, and needs a way to liberate that energy ““ it could run all day. With proper exercise, the breed will be happy; if not properly attended to, the English Foxhound can become destructive. It also gets along well with humans as well as other dogs because it instinctively enjoys being part of a pack.
The breed has very few health problems, but hip dysplasia, renal disease, and epilepsy are occasionally seen. The English Foxhound generally lives from 10 to 13 years.
The English Foxhound is the AKC’s rarest breed with only 17 dogs registered in the United States.