English Foxhound - Breed and Grooming Tips

The English Foxhound is the epitome of what serious dog breeders strive for: beauty, balance, and utility. The long legs are straight as a gatepost, and just as sturdy. The back is perfectly level. And the chest is very deep, “girthing” as much as 31 inches on a hound measuring 24 inches at the shoulder, ensuring plenty of lung power for a grueling day’s hunt. “Next to an old Greek statue,” a poet wrote, “there are few such combinations of grace and strength as in a fine Foxhound.”

Source: American Kennel Club - www.akc.org


The typical owner of this breed will use it as a hunting dog. Before going out to hunt and track, it is a good idea to bathe this dog in Aloe Oatbath Medicated Shampoo. This shampoo has no harsh detergents or fragrances, which will help mask the dog’s scent from the animal it is hunting, even if the hound is downwind. If your Coonhound is an indoor pet we recommend a great fragrance shampoo like Perfect Calm Shampoo to keep it smelling great for days. This breed has an easy wash and wear type coat, so bath time is usually quick and simple.

Between Bath Coat Care: During the dry winter months, or in generally dry climates, use Aloe Hydrating Spray to hydrate and moisturize the skin and coat. For a quick bath in between regular “full baths”, use Perfect Calm Wipes. Simply spray on and wipe with a towel. After a good run in the backyard or woods, these wipes are a must!

Ears: For monthly ear cleaning, use Espree Ear Care. If weekly care is needed for an existing chronic ear condition, use Espree Ear Care Aloe Wipes. This routine will help keep any ear problems at bay. Remember, never clean further than you can see inside the ear. With this dog’s naturally long ears, check regularly, even the ear leather, for sores and ticks. With their large ears, you will also need to smell to be sure no odor is coming from deep inside the ear. This will make for clean and healthy ears.

Eyes: Optisoothe Eye Wash can be used to help flush foreign matter, such as leftover shampoo, as well as help rinse common eye allergens while soothing any irritation. Since this breed is happiest running through wooded areas, check the eyes regularly for foreign debris.

Tools: With this breed’s dense coat, it will shed all year round. Using a rubber curry brush, such as a Zoom Groom, on this velvety smooth coated breed will help keep hair off your clothes and furniture. Used in combination with our High Sheen Finishing Spray will help their fur maintain a shiny and clean look.

Common Problems

Coat and Skin: Fleas and ticks are also a common issue for these athletic and active dogs. Our Flea and Tick Shampoo is fantastic and loved by groomers, while the Flea and Tick Spray keeps them away for up to twelve days. Before outdoor activities, especially hunting, use Flea & Tick Repellent Wipes for a quick repellent method.

Skin abrasions and bug bites can occur while your dog is running and exploring outside. Keep 3 in 1 Healing Cream and Bug Bite Relief on hand for when those accidents happen.

This breed has longevity and is common to live up to fourteen years. Our Breath Fresh tablets should be used daily for the life of your pet.

Health: A diet with essential fatty acids is a must. Pure Icelandic Salmon Oil has all of the omega fatty acids it will need, as well as keep dandruff at bay.

Paws: Rub Paw Balm on the pads of the feet to protect and condition the pads since this breed loves to dig. Paw Balm will keep its paws soft and help keep from cracking.

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