American foxhound is the official state dog of Virginia. It was entitled as the official state dog of Virginia in 1966. The scientific name of the American foxhound is Canis lupus familiari. The American foxhound is a breed of dog that is a cousin of the English foxhound. They are scent hounds that were bred to hunt foxes by scent. The law designating the American foxhound as the official Virginia state dog is found in the Code of Virginia Title 1, Chapter 5, Section 510.
State Dog of Virginia Facts—
- Common Name: American foxhound or foxhound
- Scientific Name: Canis lupus familiaris
- Color: Combination of black, white and tan
- Height: 22-25 inches (male), 21-24 inches (female)
- Weight: 65-70 pounds (male), 60-65 pounds (female)
- Diet: Premium quality dry dog food
- Major strength: hunting by smell
- Major weakness: Clumsiness
- Lifespan: 11-13 years
Virginia’s state dog, American foxhound, The American Foxhound will typically weigh between 45 and65 pounds. Fur color is generally tri-colored, with a mix of black, white, and tan, though there are many color variations. One of the Foxhound’s most interesting features is his vocalizations, which have a musical quality.
These hunting dogs of Virginia are typically very sweet and gentle. They usually get along well with children as well as with other pets. The American foxhound tends to be very good-humored and affectionate with his humans. They may be a bit shy around new people, but are hardly ever aggressive. Since they were bred as hunting dogs, these pups have a very strong instinctual urge to track scents, and so it is not unusual for them to run off if unleashed.