Foxhoodle

Mary Simpson
by Mary Simpson
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About Foxhoodle

Weight
30-60 lb
Height
15-20 inches
Lifespan
10-13 years
Group
Not Applicable
Best Suited For
active families with kids and other pets, homes with fenced yards, those looking for a walking or running companion
Temperament
energetic, social, gentle, affectionate
Comparable Breeds
English Foxhound, Poodle
Foxhoodle Basics


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.


Origin

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.


Pedigree


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.


Food/Diet


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.


Training


The Foxhoodle comes from two highly intelligent breeds that make training this sweet dog a snap – as long as it is engaging and keeps him motivated. His eager-to-please personality and ability to quickly pick up on commands means he will always be looking for something new to learn that is mentally challenging. A firm, consistent approach is ideal with this dog and in addition to the basic obedience commands try adding in some tricks and agility exercises to keep him interested. Of course, loads of praise and lots of treats go a long way in motivating this clever pooch.


Weight


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.


Temperament/Behavior

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.


Common Health Problems


Typically, Designer Dogs are bred to side-step the health issues that may plague their pure-bred parents however it’s always important to know what your pup could potentially inherit later in life. With the Foxhoodle that can include joint and digestive issues that includes bloat, from the Poodle side as well as Addisons, Cushings and epilepsy.


Life Expectancy


Foxhoodles typically have a life expectancy of 10 to 13 years of age.


Exercise Requirements


The Foxhoodle comes from hunting stock so is highly active and quite likely to pick up a trail and take off. He will require long daily walks or runs as well as active playtime to help keep him physically fit, mentally stimulated and allow him to burn off energy. While off-leash parks are a great way for him to run, play and socialize, ensure they (and your backyard) are fully fenced to prevent him wandering off. For this same reason, walks should always be on lead.


The highly social Foxhoodle loves to be front and center in all family activities.


Recognized Clubs


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).


Coat


The Foxhoodle has a short, dense coat that can be curly or wavy similar to the Poodle and soft or rough to the touch. While he may have a single-coat like the Poodle it is also possible that he will inherit the thicker, double-coat of the English Fox Hound which means you should expect him to be a moderate shedder and require brushing 3 to 4 times a week. His floppy ears will require weekly inspection and cleaning to prevent a build-up of dirt and potential infection.


Puppies


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.


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