Foxhound Breed Information

Foxhounds are a member of the ‘Hound’ breed group. The Hound group include breeds originally used for hunting either by scent or sight. They require a substantial amount of exercise and are considered to be aloof but trustworthy dogs.

Foxhounds are tolerant, good-natured, gentle dogs. They have a strong hunting instinct, so should be exercised in secure areas and also be well trained at a young age to ensure they respond to recall, which may be challenging to teach as once on the scent of something it will be difficult to regain their attention! Again, due to their strong hunting instinct, they should be socialised with smaller household pets at a young age. For more information on how to socialise your Foxhound and train using reward-based techniques, take a look at our dog behaviour page.

Breed-related health problems:

Foxhounds have no known breed specific health problems.

Exercise and grooming requirements:

Foxhounds have high energy levels and need over 2 hours exercise daily to keep them physically and mentally fit. Grooming once a week will remove any dead hair, although they may need a wipe down after being out and about exploring.

Estimated lifetime cost:

The likely lifetime costs for a Foxhound are based on estimates calculated using current market prices and include:

The list above does not include veterinary costs if your pet becomes sick or injured, so these average lifetime costs could be even higher.

Insure your Foxhound with PDSA:

1 in 3 pets need vet treatment each year and vet bills can come to hundreds of pounds. PDSA Pet Insurance can give you peace of mind when your pet is poorly, especially for breeds like Foxhounds that are prone to certain conditions. PDSA Pet Insurance offers:

  • 5 Star Pet Insurance* - from the vet experts
  • 4 levels of cover to suit you
  • Monthly payment at no extra cost
  • *Defaqto 5 Star rating applies to our Plus and Premier policies only. Defaqto’s Star Ratings provide an independent assessment of the quality of financial products.

By insuring your Foxhound with PDSA you’ll also be helping to provide vet care to some of the UK’s neediest pets.

For more information on taking care of your dog please visit our puppies and dogs section.

Rehoming from a reputable source:

Where you get a dog from can have a big effect on how healthy and happy it is for the rest of its life. Find out where our PDSA vet experts recommend you get your dog from.

Energy levels
Easy to train
Exercise needed
Barking/likely to be vocal
Size Large
Average height 58-64 cm
Average weight 25kg-34kg
Average lifespan Over 12 years
Minimum exercise (per day) 2 hours
Coat length Short
Minimum cost (per month) £105

Not sure if the Foxhound is the right pet for you?