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Lucy

American Foxhound Mix

Overall satisfaction

5/5

Acquired: Rescue / shelter organization

Gender: Female

Training: I’ve taught bird care / training techniques

Quick to learn and train

4/5

Emotionally stable

3/5

Family oriented

5/5

Child safety

5/5

Safe with small pets

5/5

Doesn’t bark a lot

4/5

Health

5/5

Easy to groom

5/5

Great watch dog

3/5

Great guard dog

4/5

Lucy The Lost & Found Hound

By

United States

Posted January 2, 2015

Lucy dropped into our life when my daughter found her on a shelter site. We dropped everything to go and get her immediately. It seems we knew from the moment we saw her that she would essentially be the perfect dog and, to this day 5 years later, she is pretty close to perfect. She is a hound mix with some Whippit in her as she can run faster than a greyhound. We see some fox hound in her too and she has a pretty bark, not quite as annoying as a beagle but has a tinge of that beagle howl. Very feminine but sufficient to warn intruders that the dog means business. She is an absolute joy to care for. Very short hair which never needs to be cut. She does shed and that is a downside, her hair finding its way on to every piece of furniture, clothing and carpet in the house. She was extremely skittish when we first got her and we have since trained her out of most of it, though loud noises still freak her out just a tad. She was also extremely timid with new people, particularly men, when she first arrived, but now, years later, is warm and friendly to most guests who enter. What we love best about her is how unique and beautiful she is, not by our own bias, but by the feedback we get from everyone who sees her. We have prided ourselves on finding dogs of this nature and have succeeded in finding such 4 times now. Lucy is the type of dog I would recommend to anyone with a family. Downsides? Well there is only one. Whereas many dogs can be let off leach, Lucy must be tied up at all tijmes. As a hound, her nose will lead her miles away on a single trail and when she gets loose, it is a manhunt and, once found, difficult time getting her to come. We have had 2 such incidents in 5 years and have developed systems to compensate. Overall? Lucy is what I would consider the ideal family dog, even despite her tendency to run. She sleeps with us and is just about the sweetest girl you will ever meet in the canine world. (Note: Lucy is not a Greyhound however, breeds similar to her could not be found on the list on this site)

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