Is an american foxhound puppy the right choice for me and my family

The American Foxhound is loving, sweet and kind. They can be good with children and other dogs but they are hunters so do not trust them with other pets. They do not do well in apartments but can make a good family pet, they can adapt if started at an early age. They do need lots of exercise, socialization with people and other pets, and obedience training. They are a bit independent. They were bred to run and love to track scents. In fact, unless they were raised indoors, they are an outdoor type dog needing lots of fenced in space to exercise and proper shelter. They are slender, muscular and built to run.

*Approximate Adult Size. Males will run 22 to 25 inches to the withers (highest point of the shoulder) and females will run 21 to 24 inches to the withers. Either sex can weigh from 65 to 75 pounds.

*Special Health Considerations. No breed genetic disorders have been isolated yet. Canine hip dysphasia (genetic based looseness in the hip joint that can lead to arthritis pain and lameness) is an occasional problem, as well as chronic ear problems and platelet disease or thrombocytopathy.

*Grooming. The coat is medium length, and considered hard. They shed an average amount and need a firm bristle brush. Bathe sparingly. Their teeth should be brushed at least twice a week with toothpaste and toothbrush designed for dogs. Brushing removes the accumulation of plaque and tartar which can cause cavities (rarely) and periodontal disease. Dog periodontal disease can lead to pain, loss of teeth, bad breath and other serious diseases. *Life Span. The life span with proper care and food is 11 to 13 years.

*History. Some early settlers to America brought their hounds with them. They were quite valuable as they helped hunt game starting almost 200 years ago. Much breeding and cross breeding between French, English and Irish hounds resulted in the American Foxhound. There are different strains today, still known as American Foxhounds. The walker strain is most popular and then there is Goodman, Hudspeth, Calhoun, Trigg, and July. These dogs were once used in packs to hunt game.

*SPECIAL GOOD POINTS Very good with children. Generally get along well with other dogs. With proper socialization, will get along with cats and other pets. The state animal of Virginia. Very popular in the US south. Like to hunt in packs. Good guard dog. He has an excellent nose, scent wise. Reliable hunter. Great sense of smell. Can run for miles.

*SPECIAL BAD POINTS Will run if given a chance. A fence or leash a must. Should attend obedience class. Can be independent and stubborn. Would prefer you to keep a extra hound or two for company. Can gain weight easily from over feeding. Can be a chore to housebreak. Rarely used as a family pet. Some are not very affectionate.