English Foxhound
(AKC Hound Group)
English Foxhound

The English Foxhound is an elegant, clean-cut, large-boned, athletic hound of moderate proportions. The head has a pronounced brow, low-set hanging ears, and a fairly broad backskull. The brown eyes are large, with a gentle expression. The neck is long, topline level, and the hindquarters are very strong. The front legs are absolutely straight, with round, catlike feet. The tail is held up gaily. The short, hard, easy-care coat is usually tricolor (tan with a dark saddle and white extremities); however, color is not an important feature.


The English Foxhound is a descendent of ancient British hunting hounds. Stud books have been carefully kept by the British Masters of Foxhounds Association since at least 1800. Used in packs to chase fox with hunters on horseback, the Foxhound has impressive stamina and a good nose. He can run steadily for hours at a time. The English Foxhound is stockier and slower than the American Foxhound, but has a similar personality. This breed is still primarily a pack hunting dog, though show lines can make good companions if given sufficient exercise.

Key Facts:



Very active. A bold and passionate hunter. Friendly. Responsive and obedient to his master, but training takes patience. Enjoys the company of other dogs.