Black And Tan Virginia Foxhound
The Black And Tan Virginia Foxhound is a breed of American dog; it is one of four foxhound breeds. In the 18th century, this breed was crossbred with the Bloodhound, and gave rise to the Black and Tan Coonhound. It is also good for fox hunting.
This is an American foxhound breed which is a resultant of a cross breed with Bloodhounds in 17th century. The breed was originated by the landed gentry so as to get a hound perfect for fox hunting that is why most of the American foxhounds were born. Besides this there are Calhoun, Penn-Marydel, Walker, July Goodman and Trigg of the same category. These were imported by Robert Brooke to America in 1650. They are the ancestors of a number of varieties of American hounds and also lived with the Brooke family for more than 300 years. Later, the breed’s speediness and energy were enhanced which introduced Irish Foxhounds.
The American foxhounds are comparatively taller, lighter and agile than the English ones. The approximate height of these dogs is 21-25 inches and can weigh between 65 and 75 pounds. These dogs have a fanatical sense of smell and are active and faster than other hounds. These large dogs have long and straight-boned front legs and a large skull with hanging ears which frame the face. The head is wide and flat and the eyes are wide and large with a friendly and intellectual expression. They have tail which is set moderately high with a slight upward curve and have hard and short coat, and it is a combination of black and tan on its white base. These dogs are not recommended to live in an apartment as they need a lot of exercise and they can easily put on weight. Otherwise, they are fairly healthy and not plagued by genetic disorders involving the hip and bones. They have life span of about 10–12 years. The temperament of this breed is pleasant, energetic, loyal, friendly and reliable.
Due to their energetic temperament they require a lot of exercise and room, if this is not provided they could become critical in order to entertain themselves. Proper and careful training to the breed may help to prevent them from this disorder. They also need socialization outside. Thus, they are not suitable for apartment living.