American Foxy Dane

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

Origin
U.S.A. <> Germany -> U.S.A.
Translation
Francis Vandersteen
This breed is also known as
Fohund Dane

A brief presentation of the American Foxy Dane

The American Foxy Dane is a new hybrid breed of dog developed through careful selective breeding of the Great Dane and the American Foxhound. The new hybrid dog is designed to exhibit the best traits of each parent breed, producing an affectionate, loyal and easy-going dog that is excellent with families and small children. The Great Dane component gives the dog an imposing look, but the American Foxhound has tempered the character and refined the appearance of a lighter, faster dog that is eager to please. The American Foxy Dane trains well and learns quickly. It's important to remain patient and positive during training, as the dog will sense the frustration in your tone and become confused. These dogs respond well to a good leader who is consistent in their actions and requests.

History of the American Foxy Dane

The American Foxy Dane is a new hybrid breed of dog, but comes from two excellent thoroughbreds, the Great Dane and the American Foxhound. It's safe to say that the new hybrid features a combination of talents from both parent breeds. The history of American Foxy Danes is hard to find being so recent, but the dogs have proven to be easy-going and excellent family dogs. As one of the newer hybrid breeds of dog, they show good health with few faults that are an advantage of having two strong parent breeds behind them. The reason for the mix was to provide a dog not as massive as the Great Dane, but one with the appearance and reduced body mass that was a blend of two good breeds. This blend resulted in a dog that was more flexible both as a pet and as a guard dog, with a more placid nature, though still with the courage to react to difficult situations.
        

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 Great Dane

The Great Dane is an ancient breed whose origins date back to 3000 BC. The Assyrians first created the Great Dane by mating their dogs with Mastiffs from Rome. At first, they were known as wild boar hounds, as they were used to hunt wild boar. By the 1500s, the breed was called the English Dane. French visitors to Denmark in the 1500s began calling the dog the Great Dane. German breeders eventually took an interest in the breed and transformed it from a fierce hunter into a calm family dog. The Great Dane was first recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1885 and enrolled in the working group.
Standard of the Great Dane

Appearance of the American Foxy Dane

The American Foxy Dane is a medium-sized dog, with the imposing appearance of the Great Dane and the lighter, faster attributes of the American Foxhound. The front legs are very long and straight, boned due to the two parent breeds, while the chest is rather narrow. The American Foxy Dane has a slightly domed skull and a long muzzle. The eyes are wide and low-set, expressive and hazel or brown. The ears are broad and low-set. The feet are well rounded with strong dark nails. With a muscular but fine build, long slender tail and lightly built body, the American Foxy Dane is an attractive blend of Great Dane and American Foxhound genes.

Temperament of the American Foxy Dane

This new hybrid dog combines intelligence with patience and gentle behavior. The American Foxy Dane is gentle and affectionate, and gets on well with children and other pets. He's a companion dog who needs to be part of the family, and is just as happy playing outside as relaxing indoors with his family. Its docile nature conceals a serious expression and confident attitude. He makes an excellent watchdog and is only aggressive when pushed. The typical dog is easy-going and gentle, but can be reserved with strangers and a little shy. They are easy to train and learn quickly. You need to be patient and handle him firmly, but not harshly. These dogs can be sensitive to their master's moods; you can't fool them if you get a little frustrated trying to teach them something new. Take a break from training and reassure your dog that you're happy, otherwise he'll get confused.

Needs and activities of the American Foxy Dane

The American Foxy Dane needs plenty of exercise to stay healthy and to prevent boredom from turning him into a mischief-maker. The American Foxhound genes will give this dog the urge to go for a walk, and his stamina shows in this new hybrid. A long daily walk or a run alongside your bike is perfect for the American Foxy Dane, but it's best to keep him on a leash as he's an active dog (especially when he's young). This dog is happy to take part in games such as fetching, pulling and swimming. They will play with children, but care must be taken to ensure that their liveliness and size do not cause young children to fall over. They are good watchdogs, keeping an eye on the family to make sure all is well, and will warn you when a stranger comes along.

Maintenance of the American Foxy Dane

The short, hard texture of the American Foxy Dane's coat requires regular brushing to keep this canine breed clean. They don't require definite bathing rules; they only need a bath when necessary, allowing their coat to retain its protective coating to cope with the elements. It's a good idea to check your dog's ears and eyes when grooming. Also check for any cuts or bumps that might be bothering your dog. When they're young puppies, get them used to being groomed and having their ears, eyes and teeth checked. This practice will make it easier as the dog grows. Nails should be trimmed regularly if your dog doesn't wear them out, but be careful when trimming so as not to cut them too close to the base. If you hurt them, they may not be so keen to let you touch their paws again.

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