The American Lab Foxhound is a mixed breed, so they don’t have history as their own breed. Both parent breeds, however, are well known and loved. The American Foxhound was developed from English hunting dogs brought to the Americas in the 1700s. Today, there are four types of working American Foxhounds. Field trial hounds are known for their incredible speed and competitive abilities. Slow-trailing hounds are known for their melody-like baying and are primarily used for hunting foxes on foot. Drag hounds, also known as trail hounds, are raced or hunted using an artificial lure instead of real prey. Pack hounds are used by hunters on horseback in large packs. Of course, this breed can still be kept solely as a companion animal.
The Labrador Retriever originally hailed from Newfoundland. Originally called St. John’s dogs, after the capital city of Newfoundland, Labs served as companions and helpers to local fishermen beginning in the 1700s. The breed’s popularity took off after World War II, and in 1991, the Labrador Retriever became the most popular dog registered with the American Kennel Club. They’ve held that title ever since. Today, Labs work in drug and explosive detection, search and rescue, therapy, assistance to those with disabilities, and as retrievers for hunters. They also excel in all forms of dog competitions: show, field, agility, and obedience. Beyond all of those incredible uses, they’re just as beloved as a good-natured family pet.