Breed Standard

Last updated February 2009

A Breed Standard is the guideline which describes the ideal characteristics, temperament and appearance including the correct colour of a breed and ensures that the breed is fit for function. Absolute soundness is essential. Breeders and judges should at all times be careful to avoid obvious conditions or exaggerations which would be detrimental in any way to the health, welfare or soundness of this breed. From time to time certain conditions or exaggerations may be considered to have the potential to affect dogs in some breeds adversely, and judges and breeders are requested to refer to the Breed Watch section of the Kennel Club website here for details of any such current issues. If a feature or quality is desirable it should only be present in the right measure. However if a dog possesses a feature, characteristic or colour described as undesirable or highly undesirable it is strongly recommended that it should not be rewarded in the show ring.

General Appearance

Well balanced, powerful and clean cut.


Stamina and endurance, natural ability to hunt.


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.


Medium size, hazel or brown. Keen expression.


Leathers pendant, carried close to head, high set.


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


Long, slightly arched, well developed without being coarse.


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


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


Powerful and muscular. Moderate turn of stifle. Hocks well let down. Well boned down to feet.


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


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


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


Short and dense. Weatherproof.


Any recognised hound colour and markings.


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


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 and on the dog’s ability to perform its traditional work.


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

*Note for prospective puppy buyers

Size – the Kennel Club Breed Standard is a guide and description of the ideal for the breed; the Size as described does not imply that a dog will match the measurements given (height or weight). A dog might be larger or smaller than the Size measurements stated in the Breed Standard.

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