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A foxhound is a type of large hunting hound bred for strong hunting instincts, great energy, and, like all scent hounds, a keen sense of smell.[citation needed] In fox hunting, the foxhound's namesake, packs of foxhounds track quarry, followed—usually on horseback—by the hunters, sometimes for several miles at a stretch; moreover, foxhounds also sometimes guard sheep and houses, and the foxhound is also the state dog of Virginia.[citation needed]

There are different breeds of foxhound, each often called simply Foxhound in their native countries:

The American Masters of Foxhounds Association recognizes these breeds of foxhounds: American, Penn-Marydel, English, and Crossbred foxhounds.[1]


In 2005, the American Kennel Club reported that the English and American Foxhounds were their least and fourth least registered breeds in North America with 22 44 registrations, respectively; the top registered breed, the Labrador Retriever, had 137,867 registrations during the same year.[2]

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  2. ^ American Kennel Club. "Registration Statistics". 
  3. ^ Coren, Stanley (2009-10-21). ""A Man’s Best Friend is his Dog": The Senator, the Dog, and the Trial". Psychology Today. Retrieved 2010-09-27. 
  4. ^ The Trial of Old Drum – New York Times Television Review – June 9, 2000
  5. ^ I-70 in Missouri: Not just billboards and trucker-oriented porn – The Pitch – March 8, 2010
  6. ^ Fine, Norman (2010). Foxhunting Adventures: Chasing the Story. Derrydale Press. pp. 24/30. ISBN 1461661390. 

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