The Black and Tan Virginia Foxhound (“Roasted Black Fox Hunter of Virginia”), It is believed that it descends from hunting dogs introduced in America in 1650 by Robert Brooke.
These hounds were the ancestors of the varieties of American hunting dogs.
George Washington received a Foxhound French as a gift of the French aristocracy and that dog he crossed one of the hunting dogs bred by the Lord Brooke that it resulted in the race Black and Tan Virginia Foxhound, as we know it today. Later, Irish Foxhound were crossed, also, with the Black and Tan Virginia Foxhound to increase his strength and speed.
In 1966 the State of Virginia chose the Black and Tan Virginia Foxhound as official race of the State of Virginia. This race, along with other varieties of Foxhound American, It was created by the upper class during the Colonial era, mainly for the purpose of Fox hunting.
While the Black and Tan Virginia Foxhound is similar to its English equivalent, the English Foxhound, the American version has been raised to be lighter, higher and more agile.
His physical appearance, the most distinctive feature is its coat, It is black and Tan on a white base, short and rather coarse hair. They are large size dogs, they grow to a height of 21 to 25 cm and can weigh between 30 and 35 Kg. His head is long, their ears are large and falls on her face. The eyes are Hazel or brown, giving a friendly look and intelligent in his face.
These dogs are loyal and Nice by nature, they need a lot of exercise to prevent boredom, because if they get bored or when locked for long periods of time can become quite destructive, and breaking furniture and all crossing on their way. They require much attention during the training and need to be well socialized.
These dogs have an excellent sense of smell and are faster than other hunting dogs when they pursue their prey.
While adapt with ease, life in an apartment does not make them very happy, they need plenty of exercise and in his absence is likely to upload weight easily. Apart from the need to exercise, they tend to be reasonably healthy and are not usually affected by genetic diseases of hip and bones, as it happens in other races. Their life expectancy average is about 10-12 years.
Black and Tan Virginia Foxhound, is a beautiful breed for anyone wanting a dog of gentle temperament adore staying active with their masters.
It has the soft nature of a coonhound and the strong personality of a Hound.
- Hounds of large size
Dogs breeds: Black and Tan Virginia Foxhound