American Foxeagle

He is not recognized by the F.C.I.

Origin
U.S.A. <> Great Britain -> U.S.A.
Translation
Francis Vandersteen
This breed is also known as
Walkeagle
American Foxeagle hund

A brief presentation of the American Foxeagle

The American Foxeagle is new to the hybrid dog arena and still being perfected, but with both parent breeds being similar in nature and talent, it's realistic to assume that the new breed carries similar traits. Both parent breeds, American Foxhound and Beagle, have excellent noses for hunting or detection work that will have been carried out in the American Foxeagle. The body shape mainly resembles the American Foxhound, but the color and face are more like the Beagle. Some say it looks like a Beagle with long legs. The coat is short and smooth, easy to care for. The American Foxeagle's nature is affectionate, gentle and extremely loyal, making it an excellent companion dog. Although always ready to please, it can take off after a good scent if not on a leash and unresponsive to the master's call, so take care when walking in busy areas.

History of the American Foxeagle

The American Foxeagle is a specific crossbreed that is very rare, and little is known about the history and specific traits of this dog. The two parent breeds, the Beagle and the American Foxhound, came from England and were used as hunting dogs because of their excellent noses, which could stalk prey relentlessly. It was around the 1750s that the two parent breeds were introduced to America, and soon became very popular dog breeds. Documentation indicates that the American Foxhound was used to track Indians and later became an excellent game hunter. There is little information on the parentage of each breed used to create this new hybrid, but as they come from working dogs that like to track, it's easy to say that the American Foxeagle will continue in this vein. Both parent breeds are energetic dogs who love to serve their owners. They learn quickly and train well, with lots of praise and rewards, and are motivated to please their owners. Both dogs are perfect family dogs and get on well with young children. The American Foxeagle generally draws the best traits from the parental line to produce a lively, affectionate and active dog who is perhaps less inclined to chase after a scent and more inclined to listen and obey his humans. By nature, they will want to be with their family and participate in outings and entertainment at home. This hybrid is attractive to look at, larger in size than the Beagle, but more refined in appearance.
        

A little of the American Foxhound

        
Traced to Maryland in the USA around 1650, the American Foxhound is the oldest American hound. Its antecedents are English hunting dogs. A certain British breeder, Robert Brooke, had imported English foxhounds to the United States. Under the influence of George Washington, he crossed them with English and Irish hounds and packs of French hounds sent by La Fayette to create the ideal foxhound. He was not recognized by the Kennel Club until 1984. Although the breed is highly regarded in its homeland, it is not widely distributed.
Standard of the American Foxhound

A little of the Beagle

Beagles are beautiful hunting dogs renowned for their easy-going nature and cheerful disposition. Beagle-type dogs have been used for hunting for over 500 years, but it wasn't until the 19th century that the Beagle we know and love today was created. Beagles are descended from Foxhounds and other hunting dogs. They were developed to hunt prey close to the ground, especially rabbits and hares. Although originally from Great Britain, they have made an impression overseas and are extremely popular in America. As well as being excellent companion dogs, Beagles are also used as sniffer dogs by the police and at airports. Their exceptional sense of smell and love of tracking set them apart from their canine peers in this type of work.
Standard of the Beagle

Appearance of the American Foxeagle

The American Foxeagle is a new hybrid breed that is still being perfected, but it's safe to say that the new breed will have the main characteristics of its parent breeds. The Beagle's refined appearance will soften the characteristics of the American Foxhound, while the Foxhound's larger stature will add longer legs to produce a dog slightly larger than the average Beagle. Large, well-separated brown eyes are features common to both parent breeds, with a broad black nose with full nostrils still retaining a superior sense of smell for detection work. The American Foxeagle's body is strong and muscular, yet elegant. With rounded paws and a tail held at a moderate height, this new breed is an attractive combination of the two parent breeds in a medium-sized set of dogs.

Temperament of the American Foxeagle

It's safe to say that the American Foxeagle will be an active, inquisitive dog who likes to be involved in all family activities. The hunting instinct is still fresh in this dog's history, so it shouldn't be trusted with non-canine pets unless it has been socialized with them at a very young age. The parent dog, the American Foxhound, is more of a pack kennel dog and doesn't make the best indoor pet because of this history, but the new hybrid will be softened by the addition of the Beagle inclusion, more inclined people, and better suited as a house dog. With both parental breeds instinctively prone to react to an attractive scent, the new hybrid may need a few more generations of careful selection to notice any difference in scent tracking. The American Foxeagle will be a reliable, affectionate, loving dog, excellent with children and protective in delicate situations. This dog needs plenty of daily exercise to keep him fit and healthy and to avoid any behavioral problems such as boredom or separation anxiety.

Needs and activities of the American Foxeagle

Both of the American Foxeagle's parent dogs have high energy levels, so the new hybrid will continue in this way. This hybrid loves to play ball, solve problems, play search is fun and run. Keep your dog on a leash when walking, just in case he finds an intriguing scent, otherwise he may take off and disappear leaving you behind and ignoring all your frantic commands. If you love cycling, this is a great time to introduce your dog to the sport, you can cycle while your dog runs alongside you and this way, you get in shape. The American Foxeagle has an incredible sense of smell and loves to explore, but they also like to be with the family, so make sure the dog is part of family life. They respond well to firm but fair training and thrive on comfort and praise.

Maintenance of the American Foxeagle

The American Foxeagle's coat is easy to care for and groom. Simply brush the short coat with a firm bristle brush and bathe if necessary. When you groom the dog, it's an ideal opportunity to check the body for cuts, bumps or parasites such as fleas or ticks. It's also a good time to check the ears to make sure there's no accumulation of debris in the ear. Wipe the ear gently with a soft, damp cloth and never prick deep into the inner ear in case of damage. Other maintenance issues are feet and eyes. Check that the eyes are clear and trim the nails if the dog starts clicking to move around the house. While your dog is a puppy, get him used to handling his feet - most dogs don't like their feet touched - and to having his teeth cleaned, which will make grooming easier for years to come thanks to veterinary health check-ups. Plenty of daily exercise completes the maintenance program, along with an adequate but not excessive diet, and this new breed will reward you with love, affection and eternal loyalty.

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