American Foxhound Dog Breed

This breed loves to play but is just as happy doing just about anything.
By: PawCulture Editors
American Foxhounds having a party outside

About the American Foxhound Dog Breed

The American Foxhound is a dog breed brought over from England in the mid-17th century originally for the purpose of fox hunting.

American Foxhound Physical Characteristics

American Foxhounds are large dogs that are built to run with long, lean legs. Their heads are big and ears are droopy with a long curved tail.


The American Foxhound, like other hounds, is traditionally seen with the tri-color pattern of black, tan and white.



American Foxhound Personality and Temperament

Activity Level

Low to Medium


The American Foxhound loves to play but is just as happy doing just about anything. It is also friendly with people, even children.

Things to Consider

The American Foxhound has a habit on wandering off and getting into trouble.

American Foxhound Care

Ideal Living Conditions

The American Foxhound would fare the best in the country with a family that is easy going and playful.

American Foxhound Health

The following conditions are commonly seen in American Foxhounds:

  • Obesity


American Foxhound History and Background

Some evidence indicates hounds were first brought to America in 1650, when the Englishman Robert Brooke sailed to the Crown Colony of America with his pack of hunting dogs. These hounds would later become the basis of several strains of American Hounds. In the mid-to-late 1700s, hounds from France and England were brought in to further develop the breed. By then, the breed had gained much recognition, especially amongst the upper class and politicians; even President George Washington was known to have an American Foxhound.

The American Foxhound’s popularity was mainly due to its ability to hunt and chase down foxes and deer. Hunters in the southern United States – especially in parts of Tennessee, Maryland, Virginia, and the mountainous regions of Kentucky – sought to develop specific strains of the breed according to their needs; these included the Walker, Trigg, Hudspeth, Goodman, July, and Calhoun hounds. The new varieties were used not only as show or running hounds, but also as pack or competitive field trial hounds.

The American Foxhound is said to be among the earliest breeds that were registered under the American Kennel Club (AKC). Interestingly enough, many Foxhounds used by hunters today are not registered under the AKC, but rather with specialty Foxhound studbooks, the most important one being the International Foxhunter’s Studbook.