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Nicole Cosgrove

June 18, 2021

The Foxhoodle also known as the Foxhoundoodle or the Foxhounpoo is a mix of the Foxhound and the Poodle. He is a tolerant dog, caring and smart and gets on well in general with most people. His talents are in agility, hunting and tricks. He is a medium to large hybrid who is expected to live between 10 to 13 years.

Here is the Foxhoodle at a Glance
Average height 15 and 20 inches
Average weight 30 to 60 pounds
Coat type Short, rough, dense, fine, wavy to curly
Hypoallergenic? If coat is more like the Poodle’s he can be
Grooming Needs Moderate
Shedding Average
Brushing Daily brushing
Touchiness Moderately
Tolerant to Solitude? Low to moderate
Barking Occasional
Tolerance to Heat Very good
Tolerance to Cold Good to very good
Good Family Pet? Good to very good
Good with Children? Very good to excellent
Good with other Dogs? Very good
Good with other Pets? Very good to excellent
A roamer or Wanderer? Very high
A Good Apartment Dweller? No too much energy for a small space
Good Pet for new Owner? Moderate
Trainability Excellent, will learn quicker than many dogs
Exercise Needs Quite high
Tendency to get Fat Moderate
Major Health Concerns Addison’s, bloat, Cushings, epilepsy, LPD, blood disorder, Thrombocytopathy
Other Health Concerns Hip dysplasia, patellar luxation, eye problems, skin problems,
Life Span 10 to 13 years
Average new Puppy Price $500 – $1000
Average Annual Medical Expense $485 – $600
Average Annual Non-Medical Expense $510 – $600

Where does the Foxhoodle come from?

The Foxhoodle is known as a designer dog or a hybrid. Designer dogs are a popular trend at the moment and have been so for the last two decades. Where he was first bred is not known. Many designer dogs originate in America though. A lot of these designer dogs are created with no care by puppy mills and other such reprehensible breeders. Make sure you do your homework if you are really set on getting a hybrid dog. To understand possible combinations of characteristics the Foxhoodle might get take a closer look that the Foxhound and the Poodle.

The Foxhound

Foxhounds came from Europe with settlers who came to the colonies in the 18th century. This included Irish, French and English Foxhounds. Once settled though American breeders such as George Washington wanted to create an American Foxhound that was more adapted to hunting the new game and was faster, taller and lighter. Washington is known to have bred his hounds with French and British hounds.

Today he is usually sweet natured and easy going but still have a strong will and can be obstinate which is something all hounds have in common. When they were bred they were given the instinct to be able to hunt without needing much direction or command from the human hunters they were with. So now they still have that things of not seeing why they should do something your way when their way is clearly better! It is important to get a Foxhound that has been raised with humans as those raised as part of a pack are hard to turn into a family or companion dog.

The Poodle

The Poodle was adapted by the French but originally is thought to come from Germany, and he is a very old breed. This dog was bred to be a retriever of waterfowl. The standard size would go out with hunters who were hunting birds like duck and go into the water grab the bird and bring it back. His coat was prefect for protecting him from the water. The miniature size was used by the French in the woods to sniff out truffles. The toy was a companion as he is now, but more to the rich aristocracy. Ladies would carry him around with them in their large sleeves!

Now the Poodle is regarded as somewhat aloof, and often trimmed and decorated in some quite remarkable shapes and colors. However despite the fashion item he might seem to be he is actually very smart, with his family he is affectionate and playful. He loves having fun, he is protective and eager to please, and for that he is easy to train. He does not like being left alone though and can suffer from separation anxiety.


The Foxhoodle is an elegant dog with a lot of brains and a lot of energy. They are quite social, and can be very gentle. They are able to get on well with most people and pets as well as children too though as with all dogs socialization early on and training helps. They love being active and are very spirited and love to be in the middle of all the activity and attention. They get bored easily though and need to be introduced to new things often. They are caring and affectionate to their family.

What does a Foxhoodle look like

The Foxhoodle is a medium to large sized dog at a height of 15 to 20 inches and weighing 30 to 60 pounds. He has a round head with ears that hang down and has deep set eyes. His coat can be single or double like a Poodle’s and wavy to curly. The hair is short, dense and can be fine or rough. Colors typically are black, tan, gray, blue, white, silver or brown.

Training and Exercise Needs

How active does the Foxhoodle need to be?

The Foxhoodle is very active and has a lot of energy he needs to burn. He should be given at least a long daily walk or run as well as some play time, either inside, in the yard or at the dog park. They are very quick and have a very sharpened sense of smell which they may use to follow trails so a leash is a good idea when not in an enclosed area.

Does he train quickly?

He is a very intelligent dog and as long as you are established as pack leader and use firm but gentle training techniques he should train quicker than most other dogs. He learns quickly and enjoys the mental challenge. Be sure to socialize and start training early, be consistent and your dog will be a much better dog for it. He does get bored easily though so make sure you keep the training moving along.

Living with a Foxhoodle

How much grooming is needed?

The Foxhoodle has moderate needs when it comes to his grooming. His coat will need to be brushed every day as it can mat and collect debris. If it is particularly like a Poodle’s it is hypoallergenic but it will need professional clipping or trimming at a groomers. For baths use a dog shampoo and just do it when he needs one. His teeth like ours need to be brushed regularly, three times a week at a minimum. His toe nails also need clipping regularly, you should not be able to hear him clicking when he is walking! In case you are not aware there are vessels and nerves in their nails, the lower part known as the quick. Do not cut through that. When in doubt learn how to do it or take him to a groomers for it to be done. His ears should be cleaned once a week to prevent ear infections.

What is he like with children and other animals?

Foxhoodles are usually good with children, other dogs and other pets. Socialization and training are key to that though. He is then even gentle with younger children and the socialization means he less likely to view other pets as prey to hunt.

General information

This is a good dog for most climates and also makes a good watchdog as he will bark to alert you should someone enter your home uninvited. He will need to be fed a high quality dry dog food. Quality food is better for them, it is more nutritious. At his size he will need something like 2½ cups to 3 cups a day but it should be divided into two meals.

Health Concerns

To avoid getting a puppy with health issues use a reputable breeder and ask to see health clearances. Otherwise there is always a chance a puppy can inherit the health issues of the parents. For the Foxhoodle these include Addison’s, bloat, Cushings, epilepsy, LPD, blood disorder, Thrombocytopathy, hip dysplasia, patellar luxation, eye problems and skin problems.

Costs involved in owning a Foxhoodle

The puppy will be about $500 – $1000. Medical costs like neutering, micro chip, blood tests and essentials like a crate, collar, leash will be initial costs of $400 – $500. Then you have annual medical costs for vaccinations, health checks, flea prevention and so on of $485 – $600. Annual non-medical costs for things like food, training, treats, toys, a license of $510 – $600. Giving you a total annual cost of $995 – $1200.


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The Foxhoodle is not a good hybrid for apartment living because he needs room even when indoors and because he needs a yard. He is best suited to an owner or family who are active and who have experience with dogs. He will be a devoted dog offering you his affection in return for lots of your attention!

Featured Image Credit: Left: Foxhound, Olga Aniven, Shutterstock | Right: Poodle, Pixabay

Nicole Cosgrove

Nicole is the proud mom of Baby, a Burmese cat and Rosa, a New Zealand Huntaway. A Canadian expat, Nicole now lives on a lush forest property with her Kiwi husband in New Zealand. She has a strong love for all animals of all shapes and sizes (and particularly loves a good interspecies friendship) and wants to share her animal knowledge and other experts' knowledge with pet lovers across the globe.

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