The Foxhound was the first dog to be specifically bred in Great Britain. Their origins can be traced as far back as the 13th century. Although, there had been hounds of more ancient origin, such as the Southern Hound and the Bloodhound, something different was wanted towards the end of the seventeenth century to hunt the wild deer that had become somewhat scattered after Cromwell’s civil war. There was a need for a quicker hound. In 1650, when the English Foxhound reach America, they began breeding them to be lighter, faster and taller.