Foxhound-Strains-What is the difference in the English foxhounds and the Walker and Birdsong hounds? Is there a difference in the breed or are they only so named after the persons who have bred them? Which is best for hunting? Describe the English foxhound.
I really do not know how they differ in appearance and could not tell one from the other. There are only two distinct breeds of foxhound, the English and the American. The latter undoubtedly is a descendant of the former, although many claim that the French hound had something to do with the origin of the American breed. The only difference in the American and English foxhounds, as a breed, is that the former is smaller and lighter, but of course there is a great difference in individuals in all breeds of dogs. The Walker and Birdsong dogs are merely strains of the American foxhound, with a little English or Irish blood, but these strains have been kept pure and represent some of the best hound stock to be had anywhere. Perhaps the Walker strain is the most popular among hunters. These dogs originated in Kentucky. About a hundred years ago, John Walker procures some American foxhounds and he and General G.W. Maupin bred their dogs together and produced a very good strain for gray foxes, but when the red fox first appeared in Kentucky they found that they had to have faster dogs and they imported two dogs from England, namely Rifler and Queen. Mr. Maupin also got a dog (Lead) from eastern Kentucky and with these dogs the present-day Walker strain was produced. The dog Lead was of unknown breeding. The Birdsong foxhounds have some American and some Irish blood, and were derived by breeding the Redbone strain to the Henry strain. They were originated by George Birdsong, hence the name.
Harding, A.R.. 3001 Questions and Answers. Columbus, Oh: A.R. Harding, 1913.
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