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.
Medium sized scent hound, body slightly longer than high, measured from point of shoulder to point of buttock. Topline runs up slightly to rear. Balanced, moderately light in build, very mobile, muscular and powerful.
Strong scenting ability, works on the leash with perseverance and endurance, particularly in mountain regions.
Calm, biddable, devoted to owner, self-assured but reserved with strangers. Never shy or aggressive.
Head and skull
Skull relatively broad and slightly arched. Occiput not pronounced. Stop well defined. Supercilliary arches well developed. Cheeks slightly pronounced. Muzzle of equal length orslightly shorter than skull, sufficiently broad, never pointed. Nasal bridge straight or slightly convex. Nose of good size, black or dark red, with well open nostrils. Flews pendulous without exaggeration, of medium thickness, corners of lips clearly visible.
Medium size with clear, alert expression. Dark brown or slightly lighter. Well fitting, pigmented lids. Never too large, too round or with loose eyelids.
Medium length reaching nearly to the end of nose. Set on moderately high, heavy, broad, rounded at tips. Hanging close and flat to the head.
Strong jaws with a perfect, regular and complete scissor bite, i.e. with upper teeth closely overlapping lower teeth and set square to the jaws.
Of medium length, strong. Skin somewhat looser on throat, but not excessive.
Well muscled. Shoulders well laid back, not loaded. Good length and return of upper arm. Elbows close fitting to the body, turning neither in nor out. Forelegs straight and parallel, strongly boned, standing well under the body. Pasterns strong with slight spring.
Back strong and supple, topline rising slightly from withers to long, level croup. Chest moderately broad. Oval ribcage, brisket reaching to elbow. Well ribbed back with relatively short, broad, well-muscled loin. Underline rising gradually to the rear.
Strongly boned, well-muscled. Viewed from the rear straight and parallel. Thighs broad and very muscular. Stifles well bent. Hocks strong, well let down, with rear pasterns short and vertical.
Oval and strong, toes well arched. Pads well cushioned and pigmented. Nails black or brown.
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. Skin strong and tight fitting.
Deer red, tan or fawn, any of which may be interspersed with black hairs, or brindle. The back and tail are generally more intense in colour. Muzzle and leathers darker in colour. A small, light coloured patch on chest permitted.
Height at withers: Males: 47 to 52 cms (18½ – 20½ ins). Females: 44 to 48 cms (17 ½ -19 ins). No departure from above permitted in either males or females. Weight in relation to height to withers.
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.