The American Foxhound breeders in the Southeastern area of the U. S. A. It has not always been used as a scent hound to hunt the fox. There are diary accounts claiming this breed was used to hunt Indians rather
than fox or hare. These accounts were written by DeSoto's retainers when this Spanish explorer was in the Carolinas during the early 1500's. This is a breed with a well documented history. For example, we can
trace a single family of this hound back three hundred years to the specific date of 1650.
History. Some early settlers to America brought their hounds with them. They were quite valuable as they helped hunt game starting almost 200 years ago. Much breeding and cross breeding between French, English and Irish hounds resulted in the American Foxhound. There are different strains today, still known as American Foxhounds. The walker strain is most popular and then there is Goodman, Hudspeth, Calhoun, Trigg, and July. These dogs were once used in packs to hunt game.
American Foxhound Grooming. The coat is medium length, and considered hard. They shed an average amount and need a firm bristle brush. Bathe sparingly. Their teeth should be brushed at least twice a week with toothpaste and toothbrush designed for dogs. Brushing removes the accumulation of plaque and tartar which can cause cavities (rarely) and periodontal disease. Dog periodontal disease can lead to pain, loss of teeth, bad breath and other serious diseases. Life Span. The life span with proper care and food is 11 to 13 years.
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American Foxhound Food and Health
Native meat supplies for this breed would have been the small game animals found in the Carolina countryside, such as the fox, raccoon, and squirrel. The crops of this area consisted of corn, wheat, beets, beans (soy), and rice. For the American Foxhound I recommend foods that contain a blend of beef, soy, wheat, rice and corn. However, the foods you should avoid feeding an American Foxhound are those containing fish meal, poultry or lamb.