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American Foxhound |United States|

American Foxhound |United States|

The American Foxhound traces to the seventeenth century and the efforts of Robert Brooke, a wealthy landowner who moved from England to Maryland, taking his foxhounds with him. He established a huge estate and bred his hounds to have speed and endurance to cope with all the wide open space in his new home. Fox hunting was becoming increasingly popular in the United States, and many new hunt clubs were established. The racy American Foxhounds were used for field trials, fox hunting with a single huntsman, following a trail, and hunting in packs. Today they are known as chiefly pack animals and do best living in this type of environment. American Foxhounds are gentle and pleasant in nature and generally get along well with other dogs.

History

President George Washington was a keen hunter and bred hounds that were significant in the development of the American Foxhound. He wrote in his diaries that he wanted to create a “perfect pack of hounds” by mixing English Foxhounds with Irish, French, and German hounds to produce a stronger, faster type suitable for the Virginia countryside.

The American Foxhound is one of the United States’ rarest breeds.

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From Dogs Unleashed, Copyright by Tamsin Pickeral, licensed through ContentOro, Inc and used by arrangement with Thunder Bay Press

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