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Breed Spotlight: The American English Foxhound

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Breed Spotlight: The American English Foxhound

When it comes to coon hunting supplies, you may or may not have a favorite brand. Some folks swear by Garmin products. Other hunters are loyal to Dogtra collars and tracking systems.Then there are the people who are open to trying something new.

But whatever your feelings are about the leading brands in coon hunting supplies, we bet you definitely have a favorite when it comes to coon dogs!

The American English Foxhound

Just about everyone who enjoys coon hunting has a favorite breed of coon hound. And just about every coon hunter has a story to tell about the best dog they ever trained or hunted with. There are many whose stories will be about an American English Coonhound.

As the American Kennel Club says, “These sleek and racy, lean but muscular hounds work dusk to dawn in pursuit of the wily raccoon. The sight of the American English Coonhound tearing through the moonlit woods, all sinew and determination, bawling their lusty night music, is coon-hunter heaven.”

What makes these dogs such a popular pick among coon hunters? They are fast, which is definitely a characteristic you’ll want in a coon dog. They’re also good for the long haul. As the AKC says, “American English Coonhounds are mellow when off duty but tenacious and stubborn in pursuit of their ring-tailed prey.”

This breed might not be the best choice if you are looking for a dog that will also be a family pet or if you are still new to the world of coon hunting. “Their work drive and energy, the patience it takes to train them for things other than coon hunting, and their loud, ringing bark can make the breed a bad fit as house pets for novice owners. Some passionate fans of American English Coonhounds feel that without a sporting outlet for this breed’s houndy virtues, you’re simply wasting a good dog.”

Do you have a story about an American English Foxhound that earned your love and respect? Share it with us! And if you have a foxhound and are looking for recommendations about the best coon hunting supplies to use in training, feel free to give us a call at (252)795-5000.

hould do well on a high-quality dog food, whether commercially manufactured or home-prepared with your veterinarian’s supervision and approval. Any diet should be appropriate to the dog’s age (puppy, adult, or senior). Remember that a working dog requires a very different food than one who lives a more sedentary life. Coonhounds are prone to getting overweight as they age, so be mindful of your dog’s calorie consumption and weight level. Treats can be an important aid in training, but giving too many can cause obesity. Learn about which human foods are safe for dogs, and which are not. Check with your vet if you have any concerns about your dog’s weight or diet. Clean, fresh water should be available at all times.



 

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