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.
Large. A strong, powerful, well-muscled dog, similar in size to a Labrador.
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.
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.
The Foxhound comes in a wide variety of colours and combinations including:
Height bitch 53-61cms
Height dog 56-63cms
Weight (kilos) bitch 29-32kgs
Weight (kilos) dog 29-32kgs
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.
No. This breed is not suitable as a domestic pet.
The coarse, short coat is dense and low maintenance.
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.
The Foxhound has managed to avoid many of the health problems that are common in many similar breed types.
A healthy Foxhound can expect to enjoy an expected lifespan of around 10 years.
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.
Remember to budget for regular routine pet treatments and procedures that are not covered by pet insurance policies including: