The English Foxhound is a sturdy and versatile hound that can be trained to hunt nearly any game they can give chase to. They have been used in Great Britain since at least 1800 and there have been over 250 packs. Their breeding records have been carefully recorded and kept over the years by the masters of these packs. The oldest English Foxhound Stud Book entries in America date back to 1890 but the bloodlines of some American packs are significantly older. True to their hound lineage, the English Foxhound can be stubborn and have a strong independent streak. Otherwise, they are social and sweet natured and make good family pets as long as their considerable exercise needs are met. Their short, glossy coats need minimal maintenance.