Meet the Penn-MaryDel Foxhound

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Meet the Penn-MaryDel Foxhound

The colonists brought their hunting hounds with them from England. But in American fashion, outdoorsmen in eastern Pennsylvania, Maryland and Delaware selectively bred to create their own perfect hound for scenting and chasing quarry -- usually fox -- across the tri-state’s farmlands and dense woods.

The Penn-MaryDel, or PMD for short, is gaining popularity from coast to coast. The PMD is known for its deep voice and tenacity in following a scent line. And there’s nothing like listening to PMD “music” as the dogs track a fox over hill and dale!

A PMD looks a bit like a kissin’ cousin to an American or English Foxhound, but with a few distinguishing characteristics:

  • A prominent occipital dome (posterior part of the head)
  • Long, low ears to trap scent
  • A compact body built more for toughness than for speed
  • Tight, muscular feet

The PMD’s Biddable Behavior
By biddable, I’m not talking about betting on a PMD’s personality -- although I’m sure you’d fall in love with our hounds if you saw their sterns (tails) happily wagging in anticipation of the day’s chase. Biddable means easily trained. Even the little kids in our club enjoy grooming and showing them. Whereas American or English foxhounds have independent personalities and can be headstrong once they pick up a scent, PMDs are known for:

  • Being easy to work with and to handle
  • Listening to their owners
  • Making good eye-contact
  • Responding to commands
  • Wanting to please and do what is asked of them

An Active Family Dog
PMDs are not commonly household pets, but there’s no reason why an active family couldn’t adopt a puppy or retired hunting dog to be their loyal and devoted exercise buddy. PMDs thrive on long walks or runs, plus they’re hardy and generally free from serious health issues. Mature PMDs weigh 65 to 75 pounds and have a keen hunting instinct. So if you do adopt one, you’ll need to keep it on a strong leash until it’s obedience-trained.

And don’t let the fox-chasing history scare you -- PMDs are not aggressive. They’re gentle and loving around people and other pets when socialized properly.

If you’re hunting for an easily trainable sport hound, or if you’re looking for a canine exercise buddy who would love nothing better than regular runs with you, the all-American PMD could be your next best friend.

Exceptional Canine expert Betsy Harris breeds, shows and fox-chases Penn-MaryDel hounds with Andrews Bridge Foxhounds in Kirkwood, Penn. She is the club’s field master, following these working hounds on horseback with other riders three times per week from August through March.
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Were to locat a PMD

Posted on November 15, 2011

We lost our beloved PMD back in 2009 to bone cancer, She was 9yrs old, She was a Indoor hound, but loved to walk. We got her as a pup from a Hunting club in Hilltop lakes Tx after the club owner died. Her offsprings are cross with black mouth curs that are 10 yrs old. We kind of like to have a pup to train with them. Mostly for companion dogs than hunting..

Breed question

Posted on September 15, 2011

We have a dog we believe is a PMD.  We adopted her in PA and live in CA currently. She looks and behaves like a textbook PMD, but weighs 95-100 pounds. We would love to know if she is a PMD, and if not thwn what is she? Any advice would be great!

PMD Foxhounds

Posted on September 6, 2011

Great, informative article on the PMD. So nice to see how Jazz has matured.

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