A foxhound is a type of large hunting hound bred for strong hunting instincts, a keen sense of smell, their bark, energy, drive, and speed. In fox hunting, the foxhound's namesake, packs of foxhounds track quarry, followed—usually on horseback—by the hunters, sometimes for several miles at a stretch; moreover, foxhounds also sometimes guard sheep and houses.
There are different breeds of foxhound, each having slightly different characteristics and appearances, and each often called simply Foxhound in their native countries:
Dumfriesshire Black and Tan Foxhound (extinct)
Welsh FoxhoundThe American Masters of Foxhounds Association recognizes these breeds of foxhounds:
American, Penn-Marydel, English, and crossbred foxhounds.
The International Foxhound Association was created in 2012 for the international promotion of the Foxhound as a breed.