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 information related to this breed 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.
A well-balanced, lightly built, muscular and powerful, clean-cut hound, of medium size. Body slightly longer than high.
A natural ability to hunt cold scent with perseverance and endurance.
Calm, devoted to owner, biddable, reserved with strangers, not shy or aggressive.
Head and skull
Moderately broad. Skull flat, with no pronounced occiput. Well-defined stop. Muzzle shorter than skull, moderately broad, lips pendulous of medium thickness, well pigmented with corner of lips clearly visible. Nose of moderate size with well-open nostrils. Black or dark red.
Medium size, not too large or too round. Dark brown or hazel, alert expression. Well-fitting lids, eye rims well pigmented.
Heavy. Set moderately high. Broad, rounded at tips. Hanging close and flat to head. Reaching no further than the nose.
Jaws strong with a perfect regular and complete scissor bite, set square to the jaw.
Strong, of medium length. Skin somewhat looser on throat.
Muscular and strongly boned. Shoulders well laid back. Upper arm long. Elbows close fitting to body. Forelegs straight and parallel when viewed from the front; standing well under the body when viewed from side. Pasterns strong, slightly sloping.
Back strong and supple. Topline rising slightly from withers to long, level croup. Ribcage oval, deep, long and reaching far back. Loin short, broad and well muscled. Slight tuck up.
Good angulation, strongly boned and well muscled. Upper thigh broad. Lower thigh relatively long. Hocks well let down. Rear pasterns vertical and parallel.
Strong, turning neither in nor out. Oval feet with well-arched, tight toes. Pads well cushioned and pigmented. Nails black or horn colour.
Set high, tapering, of moderate length, not reaching below hock. Carried level or slightly lower than back.
Light, springy, ground covering with good reach in front and strong drive from the rear.
Dense and close fitting, moderately harsh, finer on head and ears.
Deer red, tan or fawn, any of which may be interspersed with black hairs, or brindle. The back and tail generally being more intense in colour. Muzzle and leathers darker in colour. A small, light coloured patch on chest allowed.
Dogs: 47-52 cms (18½ – 20½ ins). Bitches 44-48 cms (17½ - 19 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.