If you are looking for a dog that is loyal, kind, sweet, and easygoing, the American Foxhound is probably the dog you should consider giving a home.
The American Foxhound is a breed that exists for around two centuries, but during that time, it has adapted to modern-day living.
Their love for running and their unbelievable stamina levels make them ideal companions for people who like to jog or ride a bike.
But, their easygoing nature and sweet temperament also allow these dogs to be great for families, as long as they get their daily dose of exercise.
This breed truly has the potential for being a great family dog breed, but how can one be sure that the puppy, he buys is high-quality and that it doesn’t come with any hidden genetic issues?
Also, how can you be sure that the temperament and the needs of this breed will match your personal lifestyle and your personal needs?
To help you find the answers to these and many more important questions, we have decided to create this American Foxhound guide.
In this guide, you will learn everything there is to know about this breed.
Furthermore, you will also find out what proper care means.
But before all that, let’s see what are the things you need to know before you buy an American Foxhound puppy.
The American Foxhound Puppies – Before You Buy
In this section of the guide, we will talk about the important things you should keep in mind before you decide to buy an American Foxhound puppy.
What price are the American Foxhound puppies?
The average price range for a puppy that comes from a reputable breeder, with all the necessary paperwork and reassurance that you are getting a high-quality, healthy American Foxhound, goes from some $400 to $600.
Of course, if you want just a family pet or a companion, you should focus on those that are closer to the lower end of the range.
On the other hand, if you want breeding rights and plan on taking your dog to dog shows and expect him to win trophies, you should choose those with a higher price tag.
How to find reputable American Foxhound breeders?
The breeders can be “classified into 3 types: Reputable, backyard, and puppy mills.
The types you want to avoid are the last two, the backyard breeders and the puppy mills as their pups are always low quality and with many hidden health issues.
But, how can you distinguish a reputable breeder from the bad ones?
Here are the red flags you should keep an eye on.
- “Champion parents”
- “Extra” (for example “extra-large” or “extra small”)
- “Rare” (for example “ A rare Malamute”)
- “Both parents can be seen”
- “Urgent and we deliver to your doorstep”
These are the phrases that often appear in ads. They don’t necessarily need to be a sign of trouble, but in most cases, they are red flags and here is why.
Even though it sounds weird, you can buy a pretty poor “champion bloodline” puppy.
If there was a champion in that bloodline, it was probably generations ago and since then the bloodline has been seriously watered with bad breeding.
So, ignore the label of the champion bloodline. You should rather look for “champion parents”, or a father champion or a mother champion.
Extra (for example, extra-large)
You can often find this in those who sell dogs for protection.
They are made by people who grow super-large breeds of scary looks. But, such experiments generally result in dogs with hip problems or some other health problems.
Rare (for example, a rare white Malamute)
This may or may not have to be a red flag. Therefore, it is better to check if this is a rare breed or someone trying to sell you a puppy with a genetic disorder.
Both parents can be seen
What’s wrong with this picture? Maybe nothing.
You should always be able to see the mother, but we must warn you that in most cases, reputable breeders don’t have the father of the puppies they sell.
Urgent! Delivery to your doorstep
These are always people who want to get rid of the puppies as soon as possible.
And where can you find them when you have a bunch of questions and problems? Nowhere!
And how will you see the conditions under which your puppy grew, and how did his mother, brothers, and sisters look, if they will bring you the puppy to the door as if they were delivering a pizza?
There you have them, all the red flags you should pay attention to if you want to make sure the breeder you plan on buying your puppy is a reputable one, and that you are getting what you paid for – a high-quality, healthy puppy.
3 Little-known facts about the American Foxhound puppies
After making sure that the price tag suits your budget, and learning how to find a reputable breeder, it’s time to get more familiar with what to expect from living with an American Foxhound puppy.
- They are loud!
One of the Foxhound’s trademarks is his loud howl, which can be heard from miles away.
For this reason, they are not suited for apartment living and living in densely populated areas.
- They listen to their nose more than they listen to you
They are hounds after all, and as such, pretty much everything revolves around their nose.
They will often focus on a scent they have discovered and no matter how much and how loud you call them, they will follow the scent.
For this reason, when going out for a walk, it is highly recommendable to keep your American Foxhound on a leash all the time.
- They don’t get attached to a home
As much as we wouldn’t want this to be the truth, unfortunately, it is.
The American Foxhounds are not known for getting attached to a home and if your yard isn’t properly fenced, he can easily slip out and run away following… you’ve guessed it, a scent.
While he is young, this can be a serious problem because your pup hasn’t mastered his scent-tracking yet, and he won’t know how to find his way back home.
Physical Traits of the American Foxhound
This is the section of the guide where we talk about the height and weight of the American Foxhound when he is an adult dog.
Also, you will find out how long can you expect your dog to be a loyal part of the family.
How big is a full-grown American Foxhound?
On average, a full-grown American Foxhound can get anywhere between 1 foot, 9 inches to 2 feet, 1 inch in height.
As for the weight range, depending on how you feed him and how much exercise he has, his weight can be anywhere between 40 to 60 pounds.
What is the life expectancy of the American Foxhound?
The good news about your American Foxhound lifespan is that it is relatively long.
Assuming that he has proper care, the right diet, and enough exercise, you can expect him to be a part of your family from 12 to 14 years.
This is more than enough to create many wonderful memories of your life together and fill a couple of family photo albums with pictures of all your adventures.
Intelligence, Temperament and Personality Traits of the American Foxhound
Like all hounds, the American Foxhounds are also known for their stubbornness and independence.
But, most of the time, they will be easy going and sweet, with the occasional disapproval of your demands.
You have to understand that these dogs were bred to chase prey alone, far away from the humans, and they love making the decisions on their own.
If your dog has been raised by a pack and doesn’t have much experience of being a part of a family, not a pack, you will have a complicated training situation in your hands.
So, it is important that the breeders socialize and train the pups as soon as possible so that by the time they are sold, they already have that pack mentality mellowed out.
But, this doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t continue the socialization process.
On the contrary, you should expose your dog to different people, animals, sounds, and sights, as much as possible, if you want to have a well-mannered dog when he grows up.
Another thing we highly recommend is obedience training. Because your Foxhound needs to realize that you are the leader of the “Pack” and that he needs to follow your “orders”.
But, during the training, remember that harsh treatment and orders will not be well accepted by your American Foxhound.
It will make his stubborn side take over, and then you will have a problem with his behavior and the overall result of the training process.
Instead, you should have the praise approach and include rewards in the form of treats, for a job well done.
Once you manage to get his attention, he will quickly pick up commands and turn out to be a loyal companion that will follow you no matter where.
The American Foxhounds are also great with kids and they have an enormous amount of patience even when they are being roughhoused by toddlers.
But, you should never leave the dog alone with the kids as this is not a small dog breed and your kids can get knocked down unintentionally.
However, if your child isn’t walking yet, don’t be surprised if it starts walking while holding for the dog.
This has been seen numerous times all over the world, and just shows how great the American Foxhounds can be if properly trained and socialized, and if treated with nothing but love and patience from each member of the family.
American Foxhound Diet
When it comes to dietary choices, the best choice you can make for your American Foxhound is a high-quality meat-based dry dog food.
Such a diet will also provide enough fat content and protein levels, for your high-energy dog.
We recommend that you avoid dog foods that include fillers such as corn and soy as the main ingredients.
These foods are not bad for your dog’s health, but simply not nutritious enough for his needs.
They will make him feel like he isn’t hungry anymore, but he will lack the energy and motivation to properly exercise and develop his body and health the right way.
How much Exercise does an American Foxhound need?
You mustn’t forget that your American Foxhound comes from a long line of fast hunters that were capable of running for miles and miles while chasing a fox.
Therefore, to allow your dog to develop his bones and muscles properly, you need to provide him with really long walks, combined with high-demanding running sessions and other dog exercises that burn off his high amounts of energy.
For this reason, these dogs are not the best choice for apartment owners.
They will be much happier if you have a large (well fenced) yard, where he can burn off the energy on its own, in between two walks and exercise sessions.
The American Foxhound Health and Conditions
This breed is well known as being very resilient to health problems and they don’t actually have a genetically heritable condition.
The occasions where they have health problems are extremely rare, and they can only suffer from Thrombocytopathy.
So, if your pup’s parents have been health tested and cleared for this condition, there’s pretty much nothing to worry about when it comes to health.
My final thoughts on the American Foxhound
You have reached the end of our American Foxhound guide.
We hope that with the knowledge gain here, you are now capable of making a well-informed decision on whether you want town an American Foxhound or not.
Hopefully, this is the breed you’ve been looking for, and hopefully, you will find the perfect puppy for your home and family.
But, to make sure you haven’t missed any important facts, let’s take a look at a summary of everything crucial about this breed.
These dogs are well known for their speed, stamina, and the ability to follow a scent for miles.
But, they can also be great family dogs, if you have the time and patience to train them.
The training will be rough on your nerves and it will definitely test your patience, but in the end, if you manage to train an American Foxhound, you can train pretty much anything!
Also, you need to be ready for really long walks and plenty of running sessions, so we recommend that if you don’t already ride a bike, you start before bringing your American Foxhound home.
They are also quite loud and your neighbors won’t like the howling, so if you are living in an apartment or a densely populated area, maybe this breed isn’t the perfect choice for you.
On the other hand, if you live in a house, outside the city, and have a huge yard, your American Foxhound will enjoy himself and have a small running track of his own.
This will result in better behavior, and less stubbornness as he will wear himself out and burn off the energy he would use to oppose your opinion and demands.
So, all in all, is this the breed you were looking for?
Will you become an American Foxhound owner? If yes, then we can consider our mission a success and we wish you many, many hours of fun and happiness with your canine companion.
In the end, if you found our guide useful and interesting to read, don’t hesitate to share it on social media so that other people can get to know this breed much better as well.
Thank you for reading!
- The American Foxhound Puppies – Before You Buy
- Physical Traits of the American Foxhound
- Intelligence, Temperament and Personality Traits of the American Foxhound
- American Foxhound Diet
- The American Foxhound Health and Conditions
- My final thoughts on the American Foxhound