Other Names : English Foxhound

Country of Origin : England

Dog Group : Hound


Foxhounds were developed for hunting foxes and for hundreds of years, have been bred for use in packs. In Australia the Foxhound probably accompanied the captive foxes brought out by wealthier British settlers in the 1800s so they could ride to the hunt here, in memory of the lifestyle back "Home". Hunt packs still operate in most Australian states except WA and NT.


The Foxhound is just a taller version of the Beagle, smooth-coated, with drop ears and to have a keen sense of smell, and to be even faster in the chase. A large, handsome hound, its front legs are long and very straight-boned. The head is long with a slightly domed, large skull. The ears are broad and pendant, framing the face. The eyes are large and wide-set - either brown or hazel, with a sweet, imploring expression. The ears are wide, flat to the head. The tail is set moderately high with a slight upward curve, but is not turned forward over the back.

Feeding & Ownership

On the whole these dogs are not big eaters when you consider the amount of exercise they require.


Most Foxhound owners do not recommend them as an indoor dog because they are large and boisterous enough to send a coffee table tumbling. Good quality shelter is essential for life outdoors. Foxhounds are said to be typical hounds: active, friendly, outgoing, craving company but once on a scent, are oblivious to all and deaf to owners. If bored they may dig holes or bark, and secure fencing is essential to stop them escaping if the outside world looks more appealing.


The smooth, short-haired coat is easy to groom. Comb and brush with a firm bristle brush, and shampoo only when necessary.


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