Foxhoodle: English Foxhound & Poodle Mix
|Height:||15 – 20 inches|
|Weight:||30 – 60 pounds|
|Lifespan:||10 – 13 years|
|Colors:||White, blue, pied, red, brown, gray, black, cream|
|Suitable for:||Active families, active singles looking for a running partner|
|Temperament:||Loving, energetic, gentle, affectionate, social|
The Foxhoodle is an excellent addition to a family. They are a hybrid mix between the English Foxhound and the Poodle. These pups tend to combine the best traits from both of these dogs, bringing an air of playful intelligence with them wherever they go.
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These dogs are prone to think of themselves as living in a pack. This attitude means they quickly attach themselves to their human counterparts. They want to be around you as often as they can and will enjoy experiencing new things with your family — as long as they are the center of attention.
If you want to add a pup to your family dynamic, these should be high up on the list to consider. Here is everything that you need to know before you adopt your own Foxhoodle.
What is a Foxhoodle?
The energetic Foxhoodle is a great addition to any family, bringing together the playful, intelligent Poodle with the fun, outgoing English Foxhound. This spirited pooch loves to hang out with his human pack where he can be the center of attention. He gets along well with kids, pets and new faces however his cautious nature means you can expect him to bark when strangers approach – so great watchdog potential here!
The energetic Foxhoodle brings together the outgoing English Foxhound and the playful Poodle.
The Foxhoodle is considered a Designer Dog and he likely dates back to the 1980s when breeders first began mating different pure-bred dogs to produce a pooch that was free of the health issues that often plagued their parents. In addition to a healthier dog, breeders also began developing dogs that were smaller, hypo-allergenic and a gentler form of a popular breed.
The Foxhoodle is a Designer Dog meaning he is considered a mixed breed and isn’t recognized by the American Kennel Club (AKC). Both parent breeds however are AKC members; the English Foxhound joined the “hound” group in 1909 while the Poodle joined the “non-sporting” group back in 1887.
How easy are Foxhoodle to train?
Training your Foxhoodle is one of the best ways to bond with them and run out some of their mental and physical energy. Training gives them a chance to flex their brain as much as their muscles. You can train them to do all kinds of things. Start with the basics that will make life easier for both you and them. For instance, potty train them, and train them to sit before crossing roads or to come when you call.
From this point, you should continue to train them to do other things. The more they understand what you want from them when you communicate, the better relationship you are bound to have.
Diet and Nutrition
Foxhoodles are a medium-sized, highly energetic dog that will need a nutrient rich food designed specifically for their age, size and activity level. Because he can be prone to digestive issues from the Poodle side of his family, opt for a low-fat variety that avoids fillers that may cause him to overeat. Plan to feed him 2 to 3 times a day versus free-feeding and ensure playtime and exercise are scheduled for at least 1 hour after eating to avoid a bout of bloat.
The Foxhoodle comes from two highly intelligent breeds that make training this sweet dog a snap.
How would you describe the temperament of Foxhoodle?
The playful, even-tempered Foxhoodle is a friendly social dog that loves to be front and center in all family activities. He gets along well with children and other animals however he can be stubborn and has a loyal, protective streak that means he is quick to bark when strangers approach. This lively, energetic dog is highly intelligent and can become bored easily so you may need to intervene with some active playtime and mental stimulation from time to time – puzzle toys are a great indoor option for this boy.
The Foxhoodle’s weight will be dependent on whether the Poodle or the English Foxhound is more predominant. As a result, he can weigh as little as 30 pounds or as much as 60.
How healthy are Foxhoodle?
Overall, the Foxhoodle is quite a healthy breed. Although they still have specific health problems that can develop as they age, they tend to be healthy. The best you can do for them is to ensure that they continue to get plenty of exercise and appropriate food for their age.
- Gastric Dilation Volvulus
- Sebaceous Adenitis
- Mitral valve disease
- Hip dysplasia
How active are Foxhoodle?
Proper exercise is one of the most important parts of raising one of these dogs. The Foxhoodle is a high-energy dog. If you don’t give them enough exercise, they will go from being a well-behaved and obedient dog to a walking disaster. They tend to take their energy out on unsuspecting household objects if left alone, all tense and bored, for too long.
The Foxhoodle is a skillful dog. You can take them on hikes, for swims, to the dog park, as a running buddy, or on simple walks. If you decide to go for walks, try to cover about 9 miles a week supplemented with other activities during the day. They should get at least an hour of exercise every day.
How long will Foxhoodle live?
Foxhoodles typically have a life expectancy of 10 to 13 years of age.
Also known as the Foxhoundoodle and the Foxhoundpoo, the Foxhoodle’s designer dog status means he isn’t recognized by the Dog Registry of American, Inc. (DRA).
Grooming your Foxhoodle primarily depends on the kind of coat that they inherit. Some will have thick, curly fur like a Poodle. Some might have the short and fine hair of the Foxhound. They could also have a mixture of the two. It is best to brush your dog’s fur multiple times a week to figure out the best frequency. Also, you want to prevent any potential tangles and mats from forming.
You might also need to clip their coat to keep it manageable every couple of months. Other than that, you should brush your dog’s teeth a couple of times a week, keep their ears clean and nails trimmed.
Your Foxhoodle puppy possesses the DNA of a hound and that will make him wilful and determined when it comes to picking up a scent and ignoring your commands. Early obedience training will be important to keep him safe and responsive to your instructions. He will be highly active and while leash training can begin at a young age, be careful not to over-stress tiny legs as he has the potential to develop joint issues later in life.
What’s the Price of Foxhoodle Puppies?
Foxhoodle puppies come from two dog breeds that typically aren’t too expensive. That typically means that their hybrid breeds are even less expensive. Although Foxhoodles aren’t the most affordable puppies out there, they make up for it with their incredibly winning natures.
On average, the price of a Foxhoodle puppy ranges between $500 to $1,000. In addition, their average annual medical expenses should be between $400 and $600, perhaps more as they age. Although these dogs are quite healthy, they still need the typical annual veterinary checkups and care if they get sick.
A Foxhoodle is a great dog to have around for those people with energetic families or who want a canine companion as a running or hiking buddy. They will fit well into an active lifestyle. On the flip side, they will be a frustrating breed to own if you don’t have enough time to give them and don’t meet their exercise needs. However, the more exercise they get, the more obedient they will likely be.