Species group: Hound Group dogs
The American Foxhound was developed by the early settlers to the New World from hounds imported from England and France. Lighter, more agile, and taller than the English hounds, they are celebrated for their ability to pursue fox and other small game thanks to their stamina and keen sense of smell. Used to hunt in packs of 15 to 20 dogs, they needed to be easy-going and even-tempered as well as independent and determined. Despite the great personality, they are still mostly bred for either hunting or competition, since they usually do prefer to live in a pack environment.
A fun historical note: First US President George Washington is one of the breeders who imported the original stock from England. General Lafayette, the French general who helped fight the English on the American side of the Revolutionary War, gifted Washington several French foxhounds for his breeding program.
Appearance / health:
American Foxhounds are large dogs with wide ears and a tail that looks like a raised sickle. They have a long head, slightly domed skull, and large eyes that are either hazel or brown. They have long, straight-boned legs.
American Foxhounds are average shedders and need to be combed daily with a firm bristle brush.
They need a lot of exercise without which they can be restless and destructive. Owing to their excellent stamina, these dogs can run for hours and yet remain enthusiastic about running.
American Foxhounds are free of several congenital diseases that plague other breeds of dogs. Overfeeding is a possibility, as these dogs tend to eat a lot.
Exercise is necessary to keep them fit and happy.
A health risk specific to American Foxhounds is platelet disease. Platelets are small cells necessary for the clotting of blood.
Behavior / temperament:
The American Foxhound is a gentle, affectionate dog that cannot resist pursuing an interesting scent. Their stamina and endurance levels make them good hunting dogs. They do not get tired easily and require lots of exercise to keep them fit. Most American Foxhounds are not suited for an indoor life and prefer living outdoors in packs though this is not always the case.
They can be trained easily, especially to hunt. However, they take time to housebreak. They can also be trained as a watchdog with lot of patient training. The learning rate is between slow to moderate.
They are not noisy. They bay often and bark melodiously.
real beauty, excellent family dog, gentle dog, children, jogging
apartment, similar loud noises, high activity level, children’s company
natural hunters, long walks, doggie thunder jackets
"Our Foxhound Champion
Champ was an excellent dog – very loving and playful, easy to train, and polite around guests and strangers. The beagle that we currently own, Ranger, reminds me a lot of our old foxhound – especially with the need for long walks and plenty of quality “sniffing time.” Champ was a lot more noisy than Ranger is, however: he had a much louder woof and was a bit more aggressive with children. Our family has very fond memories of Champ, and we recommend the breed to our friends who are thinking about getting dogs.
I would not recommend a dog like Champ to owners who are too busy to dedicate about an hour of outside walking or play to their dog each day. When we went for walks, he appreciated when they were not rushed. We would enjoy a stroll at a leisurely pace, which seemed to help keep him healthy enough to live a long and happy life. He also was excellent at playing fetch, and would often chase bunnies in our backyard. He was too much of a sweetheart, however, to actually catch or hurt a bunny.
One thing I remember about our dear Champ is that he was very afraid of thunderstorms, and other similar loud noises like construction, loud airplanes and helicopters, and fireworks. He had a habit of running into the bathroom – the most centrally located room in our home – and nestling in the bathtub until the storms (or similar noises) ceased. Recently, I’ve seen “doggie thunder jackets” being sold online that keep dogs calm during storms by wrapping them in a comfortable, weighted vest. I wish we had something like this when we had Champ – but I also wonder if he would have even let us put it on him in the first place. He had so much personality, I bet that he wouldn’t have even stood for it!."
From TheDogosaur Jul 26 2014 10:17AM
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There are so many misconceptions about raw feeding and I hope to quickly properly educate you so making an opinion for yourself is easier. I am a certified nutritionist for dogs and cats and the moment I finished my education I knew I needed to make better choices for my own personal dogs in regards to how I fed them. There are pros and cons to any feeding method so I cannot say it's going to be easy to know exactly what choices to make. The doubtful mind always says no, so anyone unfamiliar with anything is always hesitant. I see that a lot with other professionals in the field, specifically veterinarians. I am fortunate to have an integrative veterinarian who 100% supports this feeding method. Lets talk about the pros as there are many. There is no possible way to dispute that a dog's (especially cats) digestive system and teeth are designed for a diet of animal tissue, they are carnivores. Having jagged teeth throughout their mouth and a very short digestive tract, their bodies are not equipped to properly process plant material. Think of a cow's or sheep's flat teeth, made for grinding plants, and their 4 chambered stomachs, made to digest and assimilate nutrients from plants. They are herbivores. Feeding a diet of dry dog food, which is very heavy in plant based ingredients of many varieties,synthetic vitamins, and taste additives reeks havoc on their entire body systems over time. Some say feeding raw is expensive and time consuming. I'm part of a group with thousands and thousands of raw feeders around the world and we completely disagree. If you can follow a simple recipe you can make raw food for your pet. Learning how to shop for ingredients on sale and making relationships with local butchers is all you need to make it affordable. I feed two dogs raw cheaper than I wold purchasing an average quality dry food. It CAN be done if your pet's lifetime of health is important to you. There are so many support systems out there for this approach, it truly couldn't be any easier. The shelf life of raw food is far longer than that of dry food. Did you know that the nutrients and quality of dry food diminishes with the passing of each day? My dog's food is kept in a deep freezer and put in the refrigerator for thawing each night, ready for the next day. Freezing locks in all nutrients and can be kept for years without spoiling. Does your dog suffer from chronic conditions like ear infections and skin issues? Did you ever think it could be food related? Well let me tell you that it is. I have assisted with completely eradicating a host of chronic health issues in dogs and cats with diet alone. To most recently include a chihuahua with disc disease and no use of his hind legs. He now climbs steps and runs. He is 12 years old. No other therapy than a raw diet, regular massage, and one veterinary acupuncture visit. Let's talk about the cons. Now, most freeze dried and premade raw can be expensive for the amount you get. Feeding freeze dried is mostly for convenience. I use it when I need convenience like a weekend camping trip. I enjoy making my dog's food. There a lot of satisfaction in it for me. There is so much talk about bacteria like salmonella and e.coli when someone references raw food. Can it be present in raw food? Of course! But, did you know that your dry food can and does have the same bacteria? Dry and canned pet food recalls are a very common for bacteria. I have 100% control over the ingredients, processing, and storing of my pets raw food. Proper handling and sourcing of raw ingredients can and does deeply diminish the probability of bacteria. What about parasites? Again, yes of course raw materials can have parasites. As can dry and canned mass produced pet food. And again, the proper handling and sourcing of these ingredients remove this concern. (As a note: I have been raw feeding for over 5 years and NOT ONE of my dogs or clients have been treated for parasites or bacterial issues) Proper formulation can be a con to raw feeding. Honestly, its ridiculously easy. But without the proper ratio of ingredients you can cause issues. Companies make you think it is hard. They want to make you buy their product. It's a marketing scheme that works and unfortunately affects our pets negatively. I hope this review can shed light into the seemingly scary world of raw feeding. Educate yourselves and don't be afraid to jump in head first. Your pet's health and quality of life will be all the proof you need to know this is without a doubt the best decision you have ever made. ."
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