Origin: United Kingdom (England)
Dog Breed Group: Hunting Dog
Life Span: 12-13 years
Weight: Male: 30-35, Female: 27-32
Height: Male: 22-24, Female: 22-24
Origin of Name: The English Foxhound is one of the four foxhound breeds of dog.
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In medieval England, aristocrats and their prey hunted stag in the vast forests that overtook Britain during the Dark Ages following the fall of the Roman Empire. The killing of foxes, those sly hen poachers, was considered merely chic for lowly peasants and landlords.
This changed with the fall of the Middle Ages. As the population increased, the forests decreased and the deer population decreased. The British Gentry, wishing to continue the pastime of their cremated horses and wounds, gradually phased the stag hunting in favor of a new type of mine: the red fox.
A traditional British foxhunt thundering over rolling acres of lawn and hedging in the 1600s, with bowling hounds and mounted hunters. The ""Masters of Hounds"" developed a dog for this dog by breeding leggy greyhound-type hounds (for speed and agility) from large stag-hunting wounds (for nose and endurance). The result was the English Foxhound, whose form and pattern is remarkably unchanged today.
By the 1700s, foxhunts were all the rage among the English Upper Crust. Colonial American players, including George Washington and his wealthy Virginia neighbors, entertained their homeland a little by staging English-style foxhunts on their gardens. Washington was an important figure in building the foxhound, a slimmer, longer hound developed by the cross of the English foxhound for French wounds imported from the kennels of the Marquis de Lafayette. It is also likely that the English foxhound blood courses through the veins of the Coinhound breeds developed by American frontiersmen.