N° 161 / 24. 07. 2000 / GB
ORIGIN : Great-Britain.
DATE OF PUBLICATION OF THE ORIGINAL VALID STANDARD
UTILIZATION : Hound.
CLASSIFICATION F.C.I. : Group 6 Scenthounds.
Section 1.3 Small-sized Hounds.
With working trial.
GENERAL APPEARANCE : A sturdy, compactly-built
hound, conveying the impression of quality without
BEHAVIOUR / TEMPERAMENT : 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. Amiable and alert, showing no aggression
HEAD : Fair length, powerful without being coarse,
finer in the bitch, free from frown and wrinkle.
CRANIAL REGION :
Skull : Slightly domed, moderately
wide, with slight peak.
Stop : Well defined, dividing
length, between occiput and tip of nose, as equally
FACIAL REGION :
Nose : Broad, preferably black,
but less pigmentation permissible in lighter coloured
hounds. Nostrils wide.
Muzzle : Not snipey.
Lips : Reasonably well flewed.
Jaws/Teeth : 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.
Eyes : Dark brown or hazel,
fairly large, not deep set or prominent, set well
apart with mild appealing expression.
Ears : Long, with rounded tip,
reaching nearly to end of nose when drawn out. Set
on low, fine in texture and hanging gracefully close
NECK : Sufficiently long to enable hound to come
down easily to scent, slightly arched and showing
Topline : Straight and level.
Loin : Short in the couplings,
but well balanced. Loins powerful and supple.
Chest : Let down to below elbow.
Ribs well sprung and extending well back.
Belly : Without excessive tuck-up.
TAIL : Sturdy, moderately long. Set on high, carried
gaily but not curled over back or inclined forward
from root. Well covered with hair, especially on
FOREQUARTERS : Forelegs straight and upright well
under the hound, good substance and round in bone,
not tapering off to feet.
Shoulders : Well laid back,
Elbows : Firm, turning neither
in nor out. Height to elbow about half height at
Pasterns : Short.
Upper thigh : Muscular.
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.
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.
HAIR : Short, dense and weatherproof.
COLOUR : Any recognized hound colour other than
liver. Tip of stern white.
Desirable minimum height at
withers 33 cm (13 ins).
Desirable maximum height at
withers 40 cm (16 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.
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.