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Breed Standard

GENERAL APPEARANCE:

A sturdy, compactly built hound, conveying the impression of quality without coarseness.

CHARACTERISTICS:

A merry hound whose essential function is to hunt, primarily hare, by following a scent. Bold, with great activity, stamina and determination. Alert, intelligent and of even temperament.

TEMPERAMENT:

Amiable and alert, showing no aggression or timidity.

HEAD AND SKULL:

Fair length, powerful without being coarse, finer in the bitch, free from frown and wrinkle. Skull slightly domed, moderately wide, with slight peak. Stop well defined and dividing length, between occiput and tip of nose, as equally as possible. Muzzle not snipey, lips reasonably well flewed. Nose broad, preferably black, but less pigmentation permissible in lighter coloured hounds. Nostrils wide.

EYES:

Dark brown or hazel, fairly large, not deep set or prominent, set well apart with a mild appealing expression.

EARS:

Long, with rounded tip, reaching nearly to the end of nose when drawn out. Set on low, fine in texture and hanging gracefully close to the cheeks.

MOUTH:

The jaws should be strong, with a perfect, regular and complete scissor bite, i.e. the upper teeth closely overlapping the lower teeth and set square to the jaws.

NECK:

Sufficiently long to enable the hound to come down easily to scent, slightly arched and showing little dewlap.

FOREQUARTERS:

Shoulders well laid back, not loaded. Forelegs straight and upright, well under the hound, good substance, and round in bone, not tapering off to feet. Pasterns short. Elbows firm, turning neither in nor out. Height at elbow about half height at withers.

BODY:

Topline straight and level. Chest let down to below elbow. Ribs well sprung and extending well back. Short in the couplings but well balanced. Loins powerful and supple, without excessive tuck-up.

HINDQUARTERS:

Muscular thighs. Stifles well bent. Hocks firm, well let down and parallel to each other.

FEET:

Tight and firm. Well knuckled up and strongly padded. Not hare-footed. Nails short.

TAIL:

Sturdy, moderately long. Set on high, carried gaily but not curled over the back or inclined forward from the root. Well covered with hair, especially on underside.

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GAIT MOVEMENT:

Back level, firm with no indication of roll. Stride free, long reaching in front and straight without high action, hind legs showing drive. Should not move close behind nor paddle nor plait in front.

COAT:

Short, dense and weatherproof.

COLOUR:

Any recognised hound colour other than liver. Tip of stern (tail) white.

SIZE:

Desirable minimum height at withers (shoulders) 33cm (13ins). Desirable maximum height at withers 40cm (16ins).

FAULTS:

Any departure from the foregoing should be considered a fault and the seriousness with which the fault should be regarded should be in exact proportion to its degree.

NOTE:

Male animals should have two apparently normal testicles fully descended into the scrotum.

Glossary of Terms

STOP: the step up from muzzle to skull; indentation between the eyes where the nasal bone and skull meet

OCCIPUT: upper, back point of the skull

SNIPEY: a pointed, weak muzzle

FLEWS: pendulous upper lips

DEWLAP: loose, pendulous skin under the throat

PASTERN: the region between the wrist and front foot

WELL-SPRUNG RIBS: ribs springing out from spinal column giving correct shape

COUPLING: the part of the body between the last rib and the commencement of the hindquarter section, the loin region

TUCK UP: concave underline of body curving upwards from end of rib to waist

STIFLE: concave underline of body curving upwards from end of rib to waist

HOCK: the tarsus or collection of bones of the hind leg forming the joint between the second thigh and the metatarsus (rear pastern)

PADDLING: fault in gait where the front feet are thrown out sideways in a loose, uncontrolled manner

PLAITING: manner of walking or trotting in which the legs cross

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