Now that you're here, let's get to the point! As the name suggests, the American Foxhound is one of the oldest breeds in the United States and could cost you between $400-$600 or more1 to own, depending on whether you adopt one or get them from a breeder.
Characteristics of an American Foxhound
Adult weight: Male - 65 to 75 lbs, Female - 60 to 65 lbs
Adult height: 22 – 25 in.
Origin – United States
Life expectancy: 11 – 13 years
The American Foxhound is an interesting breed known for having a sharp sense of smell as well as being athletic. The foxhounds were bred from English and French hounds in the 1300s. This breed was originally developed for fox hunting just like its name suggests.2 They are a medium-sized hound with an agile build. One of their distinct features is their long, broad drooping ears that are close to their head. Their coat has 2 variations, one with a black base with tan and white markings while the other one has a white base with black and tan markings.
It's hard to not be charmed by this breed as they have an easygoing and mild-mannered personality which makes it easy for them to socialize with people. They are also very affectionate and will not shy out of a good petting session. If you are a family with other pets, the American foxhound is in for a treat as they love to be a part of the pack.1
What is the Price of an American Foxhound?
Now that you know a bit more about the breed, let's get to the numbers and how much it could cost to own one of these charming dogs.
Adoption: $400 – $600
The cost of adoption of an American foxhound depends on the age, health, behavioral assessment, lineage, and location of the adoption center. On average, the cost of adopting a younger puppy may be more than that of a grown dog. The cost can range between $400-$6001 depending on all the above factors.
The adoption fees may vary depending on the shelter and services they provide. Typically, the adoption fees cover the costs of spaying/neutering, core vaccines, microchips, and a health check. This should be a one-time cost and it’s advised to get your pet from a recognized shelter or breeder to help ensure the dog has received proper veterinary care.
Monthly Costs for an American Foxhound Puppy
The cost of the diet of an American Foxhound depends on various factors like the dog's size, age, activity level, and dietary requirements. The choice of dog’s food can affect the monthly diet cost be it prescription dietary food, homemade food, or a commercial dog food brand. The cost of a high-quality dog food can range between $40-$80. Treats and supplements can range between $10-$15. It is always better to consult with your veterinarian to get the right balance in the diet of your American Foxhound.
The American Foxhound does not shed too much hair compared to some other breeds. Their short dense coat helps make it a breeze to groom them. A once-a-week session of bristle brushing is recommended.2 A DIY kit for brushing may cost $15-$30. Nail trimming needs to be done regularly as well and could cost around $10-$15 if done at home. Don’t forget the ears! They need some care too. Keep them clean to help avoid parasites and infections.
Medical Costs: $50-$200
The moment you take your little puppy home, it’s recommended you take them for a thorough medical checkup to help ensure their health. This checkup will likely include any vaccinations they have not received, deworming, and a general health assessment. It could cost around $50-$200. If your puppy needs deworming medication, this could cost $20-$50. These expenses are advised to help ensure your pup is healthy!
Let’s talk about insurance for your furry friend! The cost you ask? Well, it can vary, but think somewhere between $20 to $80 a month. What you pay depends on where you live, your dog's age, breed, and the plan you choose. The more coverage you want, the higher the premium. Pre-existing conditions typically are not covered by pet insurance, so it’s best to insure them while they are young.
One-time costs for an American Foxhound
Initial Costs: $200-$400
If you're adopting an American Foxhound, you may need to do some prep work to help ensure their smooth welcome into your house and family. Pets like humans take time to find their place in a new household and the only thing pet parents can do is to make this journey easier. Essential supplies such as a collar and leash, ID tag, food and water bowls, a bed, crate, toys, and grooming tools are some supplies that make the dog feel comfortable and are needed for their well-being. Training classes are optional, but they help build a bond with the family and may cost $50 to $200 per session.
On average, you will shell out around $50-$75 to get your pup microchipped. A microchip is a tiny sensor that goes under your pet’s skin to help ensure they can be found if they are ever lost.
The American Foxhound requires a few vaccine shots that are necessary including Distemper, Adenovirus, Parvovirus (DAP), and Rabies. These shots protect your pets against severe disease. They can cost about $20-$30 each. Heartworm and flea prevention could cost an extra $100 – $200 for the year. Other additional shots can be Bordetella, Lyme Disease, and Leptospirosis which cost $15-$40. The overall cost of all of these can be between $100-$300.
Miscellaneous expenses can be anything that you decide to spend on after the essential expenses. You may want to go on trips or may leave town for a few days for work. In those cases, you may want to hire a pet sitter or a dog walker. These expenses are based on your choices, but you should budget for these and keep at least $100-$150 a year aside for these expenses.
Lifetime American Foxhound Cost
Owning an agile pet like an American Foxhound can cost you between $16,000 and $18,000 over its lifetime, depending on your choices like food, beds, and, grooming costs. This estimate doesn't cover any extra medical expenses if your pet faces any unexpected health issues. So, it’s better to keep aside some emergency money for them. Just a heads-up for your budgeting game!
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The American Foxhounds are loving family pets that are loyal and affectionate and also do well with children. This breed may do better in a bigger space as they love to run around.1 If you are an active person and are looking for someone to accompany you, they are a great choice. They love to be mentally stimulated and busy so if you have kids who are looking for a playmate, this could be the breed for you!
“American Foxhound Price,” Canine Pals, https://caninepals.com/american-foxhound/, accessed Dec. 19, 2024.
“American Foxhound,” American Kennel Club, https://www.akc.org/dog-breeds/american-foxhound, accessed Dec. 19, 2024.