The American Foxhound was bred in the early 18th Century in Virginia and Maryland as an all-purpose hunting dog. The four main characteristics of this breed is the adaptability to be used in competitive field trials, a trial hound emphasizing speed, a foxhound with a good voice, slow and deliberate and a pack hound, the pack consisting of approximately 20 dogs used by farmers and hunt clubs.
History notes that the foundation of American hounds were brought to the Colonies in 1650 by Robert Brooks. In the mid 1850’s the Black and Tan Hound known as the Tennessee Lead was taken to Madison County, Kentucky breeding the foundation sire of three branches of the breed, the Walker, Trigg and Goodman Foxhounds, which became the American Foxhound.
George Washington was integral in the development of the breed. He imported English and French foxhounds contributing to the present day American Foxhound. Washington listed several dogs in his journal which included Drunkard, Tipler and Tipsy.
A mild tempered dog, this breed can be stubborn and independent. They need a lot of running room and are ideal for those Milwaukeeans who live on multi-acreage property. They are easy kept with a short coat that should be brushed daily, as with all dogs, and are ideal pets for young children.
Milwaukeeans who are interested in this rare, old American breed can find a breeder listing at the American Kennel Club website.