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Foxhound Breed Standard Last updated: 24 Jan 2009
A breed standard is the guideline which describes the ideal characteristics, temperament, and appearance of a breed and ensures that the breed is fit for function with soundness essential. Breeders and judges should at all times be mindful of features which could be detrimental in any way to the health, welfare or soundness of this breed.

Kennel Club, London 1994

FCI Standard No 159

  • Group:
    Group 4 (Hounds)
  • History:
  • 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, pasterns strong.

  • Body:

    Chest deep, ribs well sprung. Back broad and level with a slight rise over strong loins.

  • Hindquarters:

    Powerful and muscular. Moderate turn of stifle. 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.

  • Sizes:

    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.

  • Notes:

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

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