Welsh Foxhound, Welsh Bytheuad
Bred specifically to hunt in packs, the Welsh Hound is rarely kept as a pet. Their primary prey is fox, the sport of fox hunting is now commonly viewed as inhuman in many parts of the world, making it difficult for this breed to find work. They are found almost exclusively in their homeland, although they can be found in the United States, where it is recognized by the United Kennel Club.
Welsh Hound Standards
- UKC (Scenthound)
- 75 lbs
- large scenthound
- ears are set moderately low and close to the head
- tail is long, set high, and carried gaily
- coat is medium length, rough, and dense or smooth
- any mixture of black, fawn, red, tan, and white
History of the Welsh Hound
It is believed today's Welsh Hound has primarily descend from the ancient Celtic hounds that have existed in Wales since at least the fifth century. Later influences include a pack of smooth-coated hounds kept at the Margam Abbey, which are believed to have descended from the original St. Hubert Hound (ancestor to the Bloodhound) and a trio of smooth coated English Staghounds obtained from Parson Jack Russell.