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.
Each AKC approved purebred breed has its own national club. The mission of these “parent breed clubs” is to improve and preserve a particular breed by advancing knowledge about its history, its health and care requirements and by assuring that the breed’s form and function remain true to its historical physical type and character: A Dalmatian, for instance, should be athletic and have a natural affinity for working with horses. A Fox Terrier should have the right body size and shape, and a drive to go after vermin.
Pet owners, breeders, trainers, veterinarians, and others with a special love for a breed, join the parent breed club to meet like-minded enthusiasts and to support the club’s mission.
The national parent breed club is the first place for the public to go to learn about a breed or find a knowledgeable, experienced breeder.