Early leaders of the American colonies were lovers of the chase.Â They worked very hard to have the best they could breed in the foxhound line.
George Washington maintained a large pack of hounds at Mount Vernon. He took great pride in his hounds, and continually sought to improve them.
In 1770, he imported a number of hounds from England, and in 1785, the Frenchman, Lafayette gave 7 French hounds to Washington.
John Quincy Adams brought them on a ship to NY Harbor, where he just left them. After a frantic search, Washington finally found them, but he never forgave Quincy.
Washington bred the English and French Foxhounds together to create a larger fox hound, America’s first breed… The American Foxhound.
Washington had thirty six foxhounds. Some of their names were named Sweet Lips, Tipsy, Tipler, Chloe, Searcher and Drunkard.
The American Foxhound belongs to the collection of dogs referred to as Scent Hounds, which specialize in following the scent or the smell of its quarry.