It is a happy breed with average working intelligence, although by being bred to a show standard it is no longer an ideal working dog. The breed was first recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1886. Breeds are usually categorized by the functional type from which the breed was developed. In coated to coated matings, all puppies will be coated. With the importation (or migration) of the red fox, Irish Foxhounds were added to the lines, to increase speed and stamina in the dog, qualities still prevalent in today's dogs.
It is a happy breed with average working intelligence, although by being bred to a show standard it is no longer an ideal working dog. Owners will often have their American Foxhounds undergo blood tests so that the condition can be caught early on. They have also won the best in show title at the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show on four occasions, and have been linked to the President of the United States on several occasions, with owners including Richard Nixon and Harry S. They bond strongly with their owners. A minor health risk in American Foxhounds is thrombocytopathy, or platelet disease.