The American Foxhound is a breed of dog that is cousin to the English Foxhound. They are scent hounds, bred to hunt foxes by scent. George Washington received French Foxhounds, Grand Bleu de Gascogne, (which look much like an American Bluetick Coonhound) as a gift from the Marquis de Lafayette. Many of the dogs Washington kept were descended from Brooke's, and when crossed with the French hounds, helped to create the present day American Foxhound. The American Foxhound is known to originate from the states of Maryland and Virginia, and is the state dog of Virginia. While standards call for the American Foxhound to be about 21–25 inches (530–640 mm) tall to the withers, and weigh anywhere between 45-60 pounds (29–34 kg), many of them are larger in structure (especially the show strains), with males standing 26–29 inches (660–740 mm) and females 25–28 inches (640–710 mm) and smaller in weight, typically between 40–65 pounds (20–29 kg).

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