Foxhound, a breed of dogs used in England for hunting foxes, and generally supposed to be descended from the Old English Hound, with a large admixture of greyhound blood to give the necessary speed - the powers of scent, tongue, and endurance being derived from the original stock. Breeding on definite principles seems to have been carried on early in the 17th century, though it was not till much later that the breed became fixed. The height of a foxhound at the shoulder is from 22 in. to 24 in.; the head should be large, with a deep muzzle and long rounded ears, the back short and well developed, the legs muscular, the feet round with well-arched toes, and the tail nearly straight. The fur is short, and the colour is white, with a greater or less amount of black, or black-and-tan markings.