Foxhound Breeders, Breed Clubs and Rescue
The Foxhound is a breed that has been bred solely for function and the result is a wonderfully well-balanced hound, standing tall and alert; his deep, well-sprung ribs and lean muscular body speak of a hound who is virtually tireless. His height is between 58 – 64cm and weight from 55 – 77lbs, so he is a very substantial dog.
Few Foxhounds are registered with the Kennel Club – the Masters of the Hunts maintain their breeding and hunting records for the most part. Although they have become recognised as a show-dog in the United States of America the Foxhound is only seen occasionally in the ring in the UK.
Their temperament is outstanding – living in large packs, counted in ‘couples’, – those showing any sign of aggression cannot be tolerated. However, they are extremely fit and strong and single minded; should they choose to follow a trail then they will follow through dense undergrowth, over high hedges and fences and little can be done to call them back. Those people who know the breed best advise against acquiring one casually. They do need to be given plenty of exercise, and if they are not given it then will release their energy in whatever way they can – by trashing the sofa, creating a lot of noise or finding their own way out of the garden.
In spite of their outstanding temperaments the Foxhound is not considered to be a dog who is suitable for a family with young children; whilst they can be quite and relaxed in front of the fire with the rest of the family this is only after they have expended their excess energy.
The coat is short, dense and weatherproof and comes in any of the recognised hound colours and markings; grooming is simplicity – a quick brush weekly will remove dead coat and keep him looking smart. He is definitely a hard work dog, and plenty of thought should be given to the potential difficulties of owning one.
Rescue and Rehoming
In the unfortunate event you need to re-home your dog, or you are looking to give a home to an older dog, contact the Breed Clubs for their assistance. It is always wise to speak to people who are expert in the breed so you can get the best possible help.