He was bred to flush foxes, badgers, ground hogs and other animals from their dens during the hunt
Personality and Behavior
He's loyal, courageous, tenacious and unbreakable
He's independent-minded and can be very stubborn
He's extremely energetic and must get plenty of exercise daily
He has a tendency to be aggressive with other dogs
He's utterly fearless and will take on absolutely any dog who threatens him - even one ten times his size
If bored he will often turn destructive to entertain himself
He has a high prey drive and will chase any small animal that moves
He's highly alert and aware of everything that's going on
He loves to dig
He loves to bark
He's only good with well behaved children who know not to tease him
He's very protective of his family
He's fairly easy to train. He learns commands at an average rate.
He sheds quite a bit of hair. You'll find some hair stuck to your clothes, couch and carpets.
Grooming / Maintenance
His medium-length coat only needs to be brushed occasionally. However, because it sheds you may find yourself brushing it once a week, or more, to minimize the hair in your home (what you remove with a brush doesn't end up on the couch!).