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The Full Foxhound Description

Indicative Breed Standard

General Appearance

Well balanced, powerful and clean cut.

Characteristics

Stamina and endurance, natural ability to hunt.

Temperament

Friendly and not aggressive.

Head and Skull

Well balanced, skull flat of medium width. Muzzle long and square with large nostrils. Slight stop, moderately developed flews.

Eyes

Medium size, hazel or brown. Keen expression.

Ears

Leathers pendant, carried close to head, high set.

Mouth

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

Neck

Long, slightly arched, well developed without being coarse.

Forequarters

Shoulders well laid back, muscular without being loaded. Forelegs long, straight and well boned down to feet, pastern strong.

Body

Chest deep, ribs well sprung. Back broad and level. Strong over loins.

Hindquarters

Powerful and muscular. Stifles well bent. Hocks well let down. Well boned down to feet.

Feet

Round, tight and strong. Well padded. Nails strong. Dewclaws optional.

Tail

Well set on high. Carried gaily but never curled over back.

Gait/Movement

Free striding, tireless with the ability to gallop. Good drive behind with no indication to roll.

Coat

Short and dense. Weatherproof.

Colour

Any recognised hound colour and markings.

Size

Height: approx 58-64 cms (23-25 ins).

Faults

Any departure from the foregoing points should be considered a fault and the seriousness with which the fault should be regarded should be in exact proportion to its degree and its effect upon the health and welfare of the dog.

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