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Gun Dog Breeders: What Health Issues Do Breeders Look for in an American Foxhound?

By    |   Saturday, 07 Nov 2015 11:35 PM

With its shrewd nose and stamina, the American foxhound is a popular gun dog breed among gun dog breeders, hunters, and families. The dog can be great jogging companion or family pet, depending on your circumstances.

However, with every breed come health issues. According to the American Foxhound Club, there are few chronic problems with the breed, but, overall they have an average lifespan of 11 to 13 years. All in all, American foxhounds are a relatively healthy breed and can live a full life with regular grooming and veterinary care.

Here are some potential issues these dogs face.

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1. Hip Dysplasia
This issue isn't predominant in the breed, but as people continue to breed foxhounds to be larger, the issue is a possibility, according to Terrific Pets. The small frame of a foxhound is not meant to carry a large amount of weight. Hip dysplasia can have a grave effect on any animal, even more so for one that is used to and expects to be so hyperactive.

2. Weight Problems
The diet of an American foxhound must be strictly controlled for the benefit of the dog. Obesity can lead to a number of issues. Food with fillers is not ideal for this breed and can lead to obesity. The protein content of an American foxhound's diet should be 32 percent to 40 percent, according to Animals Adda. Foxhounds should be fed a diet high in protein, minerals and lipids in order to ward off and potential weight issues, genetic or not. Foods with a high level of sugar or fat should be avoided.

3. Thrombocytopathy
Poor functioning platelets can result in abnormal or excessive bleeding from minor bumps, cuts, or scrapes, according to DogTime. The treatment for the condition is based on the cause and severity of the condition. Blood tests are recommended to diagnose any condition. Regular grooming can also keep owners apprised of any possible skin issues or infections. A weekly exam is recommended to head-off any potential problems, especially for dogs that spend a great deal of time outdoors.

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