FCI-Standard N° 163 / 05. 03.
1998 / GB
ORIGIN : Great Britain.
DATE OF PUBLICATION OF THE ORIGINAL VALID STANDARD
UTILIZATION : Scent Hound.
CLASSIFICATION F.C.I. : Group 6 Scent hounds and
Section 1.3 Small-sized hounds.
With working trial.
GENERAL APPEARANCE : Short-legged
hound of considerable substance, well balanced,
full of quality. A certain amount of loose skin
BEHAVIOUR / TEMPERAMENT : Tenacious
hound of ancient lineage which hunts by scent, possesses
a pack instinct and a deep melodious voice, and
is capable of great endurance in the field. Placid,
never aggressive or timid. Affectionate.
HEAD : Top of muzzle nearly
parallel with line from stop to occiput and not
much longer than head from stop to occiput. There
may be a moderate amount of wrinkle at brow and
beside eyes. In any event skin of head loose enough
to wrinkle noticeably when drawn forward or when
head is lowered.
CRANIAL REGION :
Skull : Domed, with prominent occipital bone, of
medium width at brow and tapering slightly to muzzle.
Stop : Moderate.
FACIAL REGION :
Nose : Entirely black except in light-coloured hounds,
when it may be brown or liver. Large and well-opened
nostrils which may protrude a little beyond lips.
Muzzle : General appearance of foreface lean, not
Lips : Flews of upper lip overlap lower substantially.
Jaws/Teeth : Jaws 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.
Eyes : Lozenge-shaped, neither prominent nor too
deep-set, dark but may shade to mid-brown in light-coloured
hounds. Expression calm and serious. Red of lower
lid appears, though not excessively. Light or yellow
eye highly undesirable.
Leathers : Set-on low, just below line of eye. Long;
reaching well beyond end of muzzle of correct length,
but not excessively so. Narrow throughout their
length and curling well inwards; very supple, fine
and velvety in texture.
NECK : Muscular, well arched
and fairly long with pronounced but not exaggerated
BODY : Long and deep throughout
length; withers and quarters of approximately same
Back : Level and rather broad. From withers to inset
of quarters not unduly long.
Loins : May arch slightly.
Chest : Forechest fitting neatly into crook when
viewed from front. Breast bone prominent but chest
neither narrow nor unduly deep. Ribs well-rounded
and sprung, without flange, carried well back.
TAIL : Well set-on, rather
long, strong at base, tapering, with moderate amount
of coarse hair underneath. When moving, stern carried
well up and curving gently, sabre-fashion, never
curling or gay.
FOREQUARTERS : Forelegs short,
powerful and with great bone. Wrinkles of skin on
Shoulders : Shoulder-blades well laid back; shoulders
Elbows : Turning neither in nor out but fitting
neatly against side.
Forearm : Upper forearm inclined slightly inwards,
but not to such an extent as to prevent free action
or to result in legs touching each other when standing
or in action.
Pastern : Knuckling over highly undesirable.
HINDQUARTERS : Full of muscle
and standing out well, giving an almost spherical
effect when viewed from rear. Wrinkles of skin may
appear between hock and foot, and at rear of joint
a slight pouch resulting from looseness of skin.
Stifles : Well bent.
Hocks : Well let down and slightly bent under but
turn neither in nor out and just under body when
FEET : Massive, well knuckled
up and padded. Forefeet may point straight ahead
or be turned slightly outwards but in every case
hound always stands perfectly true, weight being
borne equally by toes with pads together so that
feet would leave an imprint of a large hound and
no unpadded areas in contact with ground.
GAIT/MOVEMENT : Most important.
Smooth, free action with forelegs reaching well
forward and hind legs showing powerful thrust, hound
moving true both front and rear. Hocks and stifles
never stiff in movement, nor must any toes be dragged.
HAIR : Smooth, short and close
without being too fine. Whole outline clean and
free from feathering. Long-haired, soft coat with
feathering highly undesirable.
COLOUR : Generally black, white
and tan (tri-colour); lemon and white (bi-colour);
but any recognized hound colour acceptable.
Height : 33-38 cm (13-15 ins) at withers.
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..
Any dog clearly showing physical
or behavioural abnormalities shall be disqualified.
N.B. : Male animals should
have two apparently normal testicles fully descended
into the scrotum.