English Foxhound

Other name: Foxhound

Photo: adult dog of English Foxhound breed
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Life expectancy

The English Foxhound has a life expectancy of between 10 and 12 years




Adult size

Female Between 23 and 25 in
Male Between 23 and 25 in

Adult weight

Female Between 55 and 77 lb
Male Between 55 and 77 lb
Coat colour
Black White Brown Blue Red Sand
Type of coat
Eye colour

Purchase price

The English Foxhound costs between £350 and £1050

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More details about the English Foxhound

English Foxhound: Origins and history

Up until the middle-ages, the fox was generally hunted by farmers and working people to protect livestock. But with the dwindling of the British stag population, the aristocracy – who had, until now, sated their bloodlust with the hunting of deer – elected to hunt foxes for sport instead. Around the 16-17th century, efforts were made to develop a dog breed that took the tracking skills of traditional stag hounds and the pace and agility of nippier dogs, and the English Foxhound was born. He has remained in work ever since, only rarely becoming a house dog, and even then not until his retirement years. Since the 18th century, the British Foxhound Association has been managing the Masters’ book of origins, which lists the genealogies of all Foxhounds.

FCI classification of the English Foxhound

  • Group 6 - Scent hounds and related breeds

  • Section 1 : Scent hounds

Training a English Foxhound

The Foxhound can be stubborn, and a good understanding of foxhound mentality is recommended.

English Foxhound: Purchase price

Between £350 for Non KC Registered Dogs, and £1,050 for KC Registered Dogs. Looking after a dog such as the Foxhound typically costs between £60 to £100 a month, including food, medical/insurance, and incidental expenses.

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