American Foxhound / German Shepherd Dog Mix

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The basics:
RightPet does not advocate the intentional cross-breeding of purebred dogs. But the reality is that most dogs available for adoption at shelters and rescues are mixed breeds. We think it might be helpful to hear from owners of these mixes to see what traits can be found in these dogs who are desperately needing homes.

The first generation American Foxhound / German Shepherd Dog Mix is a cross between a pure American Foxhound  and a pure GSD, although subsequent generations may have different proportions of the two breeds in the mix.

This isn't a common mix, but you may occasionally encounter it in a rescue.

Appearance / health:
t's impossible to predict the exact traits inherited by a mixed-breed dog. In this case, the appearance of your pet could be very different depending on whether the foxhound or the GSD traits dominate. But you can expect a good-sized, reasonably energetic animal.

Behavior / temperament:
While it's impossible to predict the exact personality of a mixed-breed dog, especially when you're crossing a hound with the GSD, if you are a reasonably involved owner who enjoys working with your dog, you should be able to get some good results with this mix. Both the hound and the GSD genes make for good workers who enjoy doing something useful. You may need to leash-train this mix, because the foxhound nose could make interesting scents too much to resist.  A bored or poorly socialized American Foxhound / German Shepherd Dog Mix will find a way to create trouble.