It was believed that the American Foxhounds these days were developed from the hunting dogs of George Washington. The father of United States was said to have been gifted French Foxhounds by General Lafayette who gained recognition because of his accomplishments in the American Revolution. The American Foxhounds were developed from these hounds that were given to George Washington.
American Foxhounds were bred to hunt in packs thus present day dogs have lived and worked in the same manner their ancestors did. American Foxhounds are keen hunters famed for their musical voice that can be heard for miles. These dogs are noted for their high prey drive thus it would be very difficult to call off a dog that has found an interesting scent. These dogs will constantly bay while following a prey and once the animal is found and cornered, the vocalization will change to signal the human hunters that follow on horseback .
An American Foxhound is a handsome breed. The dog’s impressive appearance is due to the eye catching black and tan patches on the short white coat, the long tail and long wide ears as well as the large brown or hazel eyes with gentle expression. American Foxhound is large breed with an imposing appearance but this hunter is known for its mild manners and gentleness to children. An American Foxhound is an avid hunter but it also has an affectionate and loyal personality. Is it possible to turn this keen hunter into a placid home companion?
American Foxhounds were bred to hunt in large packs. Being dogs that are hunted in packs, American Foxhounds would be more people oriented and less human oriented. Modern Day American Foxhounds were accustomed to the same life their progenitors live. These dogs would be happiest if allowed to live and hunt with the members of the pack. American Foxhounds though can adapt to the life of a home companion.
The high exercise requirements would make this dog unsuitable for small quarters or apartment living. The ideal owner of this dog is one that is athletic as the dog would make a good running or jogging companion. Being a hound, it would have the tendency to show the typical stubbornness of hounds thus an owner has to be able to handle the dog. These dogs are generally affectionate but they have to be socialized and to be obedience trained at an early age to tamper the innate stubbornness and to mold them into an ideal home companion.
The American Foxhound is one for hunting. But is it not time to learn more about this great dog breed.
For more information visit the American Kennel Club at: http://www.akc.org/dog-breeds/american-foxhound/