The American Foxhound is gentle, easygoing dog breed. They are about 60 centimetres height and weight about 28 kilograms. Their coat is short and hard and they have red, black and white tricolor.
There are top 10 interesting facts about American Foxhounds!
1) American Foxhound is a state animal of American state Virginia.
2) One of the breeder of American Foxhounds, as we know them today, was George Washington. He imported English Foxhounds to America and bred them with French Foxhounds!
3) The American Foxhound has a great nose for hunting fox and similar prey, such as coyote. They are used in the sport of foxhunting, where horse-mounted riders chase wild quarry with a pack of hounds.
4) Their most notable ancestors though are the English Foxhounds that arrived in North America in 1650 with the English settlers. Back then, hunters required a domestic breed that had similar physical characteristics to the English Foxhound, but one that was both faster and had a keener sense of smell than the already existing breeds.
5) One-year-old American foxhounds are as physically mature as fifteen-year-old teenagers are
6) The American Foxhound is bred to run. Foxhound owners need to make a commitment to ensure that their dogs get enough exercise. An American Foxhound who doesn't get to burn off his energy will become bored and destructive.
7) The foxhound puppies coat is normally short, dense and weatherproof and comes in a range of colors.
8) American Foxhounds are similar to their main ancestors, the English Foxhounds, but are taller and lighter.
9) The American Foxhound's origins date back to the early 1700’s in Virginia and Maryland.
10) Today, American Foxhound is used for four purposes, thus calling for hounds of different characteristics: competitive field trial hounds and "trail" hounds (speed is most important), fox hunting hounds (slow workers with good voices), and pack hounds (15 to 20 hounds or more, used by hunt clubs and farmers).