The Foxhound is a large, powerful, deep-chested hound specifically bred and used for the hunting of foxes, until the recent ban. It’s not regarded as a traditional household dog, and is also a very rare sight in the show ring too, although registered in its own right with the Kennel Club. We reveal some of the fascinating qualities of this seldom-seen, mysterious dog that not only forms part of the hound group, but forms part of our history of hunting in modern times.

Foxhound Breed Group


Size of the Foxhound

Large. A strong, powerful, well-muscled dog, similar in size to a Labrador.

Country of Origin

Great Britain

Time of original development

Early 1700s

The Foxhound  through history

The foxhound was created by mixing different various dog breeds to produce a strong, fast dog capable of tracking foxes by scent. The dog needed to possess an abudance of stamina, good discipline skills, adequate endurance and also courage to challenge the speed and wit of the fox. The Foxhound was perfect for the job.

Foxhound Breed Introduction and Overview

The Foxhound is the only dog breed that is not kept as a traditional family pet in the UK. It’s a dog that’s probably never even ventured through the front door of a typical family home. It’s amazing to think that this dog has never experienced sitting on the sofa while enjoying a cuddle, sampled the latest dog treats, enjoyed the scraps from the family meal, or experienced the luxury of central heating like ‘ordinary’ dogs.

However, the Foxhound is not a normal dog, and is simply not equipped to deal with the delights of ‘domestication’ that our dogs have embraced and love. The Foxhound has been dwindling in numbers since the ban on hunting, and unfortunately cannot adapt to domestication after generations of living within the pack and therefore unsuitable for rehoming.

Colour Varieties of the Foxhound

The Foxhound comes in a wide variety of colours and combinations including:

  • Badger Pied
  • Badger Pied Mottle
  • Black & White
  • Black & White Mottle
  • Blue White & Tan
  • Blue White & Tan Mottle
  • Hare Pied
  • Hare Pied Mottle
  • Lemon & White
  • Lemon & White Mottle
  • Lemon Pied
  • Lemon Pied Mottle
  • Red & White
  • Red & White Mottle
  • Tan & White
  • Tan & White Mottle
  • Tricolour
  • Tricolour Mottle
  • White

Size and weight of the Foxhound

Height bitch 53-61cms

Height dog 56-63cms

Weight (kilos) bitch 29-32kgs

Weight (kilos) dog 29-32kgs

Exercise requirements of the Foxhound

An energetic and athletic breed that requires at least 2 hours of vigorous exercise daily off the lead. The breed is driven by scent, and distracted Foxhounds can quickly forget or ignore recalls from owners and disappear for lengthy periods into the distance.

Is the Foxhound a good dog for a first time dog owner?

No. This breed is not suitable as a domestic pet.

Foxhound coat length

The coarse, short coat is dense and low maintenance.

Grooming requirements of the Foxhound

Low. The short no-fuss coat requires little grooming, although a regular brushing with a good quality bristle brush or chamois leather will add a lovely sheen to the coat.

The breed is an ideal all-weather dog for hunting, as the dense weather-proof coats acts as a barrier from water and mud, and the dirtiest, wettest dog soon dries and mud simply vanishes!


No. The Foxhound sheds hair steadily throughout the year, making it an unsuitable choice of dog for allergy sufferers.

Health Issues in the Foxhound

The Foxhound has managed to avoid many of the health problems that are common in many similar breed types.

Average lifespan of the Foxhound

A healthy Foxhound can expect to enjoy an expected lifespan of around 10 years.

Estimating how much a Foxhound would need to be fed each day

A dog or bitch weighing 30kgs requires around 365gms of complete dry food daily. A dog or bitch weighing 30kgs will cost around £9.00 per week to feed.

Our figures are based on feeding an ‘above average quality’ and popular complete dry food bought from a leading supermarket on the high street. A good quality feed is suggested for the energetic dogs in the hound group.

Other financial costs to consider when owning any dog breed

Remember to budget for regular routine pet treatments and procedures that are not covered by pet insurance policies including:

  • Worming and fleas preparations
  • Annual Vaccination boosters
  • Neutering or spaying
  • Microchipping
  • Dental treatment