American Foxhound

American Foxhound is a sweet, independent, and good-natured dog that fits great into family life. They get along well with kids, dogs, and other animals. Because of their high prey drive, you will have to be careful around smaller animals. They are highly energetic dogs that have great endurance and stamina. American Foxhounds require a lot of daily activities to be happy, and if you don't provide him with proper exercise this dog can become destructive. They are best suited for houses with a large yard but will adapt to apartment living with proper care. American Foxhounds are a sent hounds bred to hunt foxes. Their cousin is an English Foxhound.

FUN FACT: These are vocal dogs and their loud bawling can be a problem for your neighbors.

American Foxhound Height


21–25 in (53–64 cm)

American Foxhound Weight


60–70 lb (27–32 kg)

American Foxhound Origin



American Foxhound Life Expectancy

Life Expectancy:

11–13 years

Breed History

With the European settlers in America, their dogs also came with them. At the end of the 1700s, these dogs were bred with the French, Irish and English hounds. Breeders from America wanted to create a new foxhound, that would be a much better version of his English cousin – taller, lighter faster, but with a keener sense of smell.

Geroge Washington was also a breeder who had several dogs including American Foxhounds that he kept at Mount Vernon and he was trying to improve the breed.

FUN FACT: American Foxhound was officially recognize by the AKC in 1886

Dog Breed Characteristics

Energy Level
Grooming Needs
Exercise Needs
Kid Friendly
Dog Friendly
General Health

FCI Standard

  • Group 6 Scenthounds and related breeds. Section 1.1 Large-sized hounds. With working trial.
  • males should not be under 22 or over 25 in (56-64 cm).
  • females should not be under 21 or over 24 in (53-61 cm),

AKC Standard

  • Height: 21–25 in (53–64 cm)
  • Weight: 60–70 lb (27–32 kg)
  • Life Expectancy: 11-13 years
  • Group: Hound Group


American Foxhound has a short coat that served the purpose to protect the dog while hunting. Their coat is easy to take care of. Brushing once a week with a soft brush will be enough to keep this dog looking good.

American Foxhound can come in any color.

If you keep your dog as a pet bath every six to eight weeks should be enough. The rest is basic care. Trim their nails when needed (if they don't wear them down naturally), brush their teeth weekly to prevent tartar buildup and bacteria development. Regularly check their ears for any sign of redness or a bad odor that can indicate an infection. You can wipe their ears with the cotton ball dipped into an ear cleaner.

The key to your dog to get used to all things above is to start early with them. Make a positive experience for the dog full of praises and rewards and you can be sure that your dog will enjoy all these things when he grows up.


American Foxhounds are a highly energetic and active breed. They were bred to work all day, so these dogs need a lot of daily exercises. These dogs need an active lifestyle to be happy. They love to be outside and to be part of an action, whether it is running, and chasing balls, playing, jumping, or jogging. If you are thinking about getting an American Foxhound, make sure you have enough free time and energy to spend it outside playing and training your dog. If your schedule can’t allow you that, consider getting some less active breed. Except for daily activity, these dogs also need consistency. They like things to happen at the same time every day.

FUN FACT: American Foxhounds love participating in canine sports such as tracking, and rally.


American Foxhounds is an excellent family member that can learn to get along well with everybody. They are easy-going dogs that are both independent but also stubborn.

Like any other dog breed, the American Foxhounds should start the socialization process as soon as possible. Dogs that are not well socialized are prone to behavioral problems and might react badly to situations they are not familiar with. 

There are many ways you can socialize your American Foxhound, and the most important thing to do is to get your dog familiar with different situations they can find themselves in. Take your dog to dog parks where they can meet other dogs and people. They can learn to react accordingly and understand that they don’t need to be scared of strangers and other dogs. It is also possible to socialize and teach your dog how to handle other pets, although they might never learn to “play nice” with other smaller animals due to their high prey drive. 


American Foxhound can potentially develop some health problems. If you are buying a dog, make sure the breeder can provide you with the necessary health tests and guarantees. Always ask to see the results of tests from the puppy’s parents. The health problems these dogs are associated with are: 

The American Foxhound is generally considered a very healthy breed that can live 11-13 years. They are mostly healthy dogs but they can develop:

  • thrombocytopathy – abnormal or excessive bleeding from cuts.
  • Hip dysplasia - Genetic problem affecting hips resulting from an improperly formed hip joint.
  • Ear infections - Especially for dogs that love water, you need to check their ears regularly for signs of infections or redness

American Foxhound Breeders

If this breed is a good fit for you and/or your family, make sure that you find a registered and reputable American Foxhound breeder that can provide you with a great dog that will be physically and mentally healthy. Ask the breeder to show you the health certificates of his breeding dogs and if you can try and see what the puppy’s parents look like.

Buying a dog from a responsible breeder will cost you more money but you can be sure that you will get a healthy puppy. If you don't have money we advise you to search for local animal shelters because there is a chance you can find an American Foxhound dog in it.

When you bring your new puppy home start with the training and socialization immediately. By doing so you will end up with a well-behaved dog whom you can trust. Provide him with enough daily exercise for him to be happy. With this dog, you must be firm and you must be an alpha for him to listen to you. If you devote your time and energy to this dog you can be sure that you will end up with a companion for life.

World Dog Finder team


Updated at13.05.2021.