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Austrian Black and Tan Hound
The sequence follows FCI breed standard.
BRIEF HISTORICAL SUMMARY: The Austrian Black and Tan Hound appears to be a true descendant of the ancient Celtic Hound. They are a universally popular hunting dog, prized for their ability to do heavy work on high mountains, as well as on flat country. The Austrian Black and Tan Hound was recognized by the United Kennel Club in 2006.
GENERAL APPEARANCE: Medium sized, black and tan, smooth coated hound with a fairly long cast, supple body.
BEHAVIOUR / TEMPERAMENT: The breed has a sensitive nose for tracking game, and is willing and agreeable.
Skull: The skull is broad, with a barely defined occiput.
Muzzle: The muzzle is strong, with a straight nasal bridge, and well developed, close fitting, darkly pigmented lips.
Jaws/Teeth: The Austrian Black and Tan Hound has a complete set of evenly spaced, white teeth meeting in a scissors bite. The absence of two premolars is tolerated.
Eyes: Clear, and dark brown.
Ears: Medium in length, set on high, not too broad, rounded at the tips. The ears hang flatly.
NECK: Medium length, very strong, and free of dewlap.
BODY: The chest is broad and deep. The withers are well defined, and the back is long. The loin is slightly arched, and the croup falls away slightly.
TAIL: Long, tapering gradually, and slightly bent. There is coarse hair on the underside but no brush.
FOREQUARTERS: The shoulders are muscular and well laid back.
FORELEGS: Straight and strong.
FEET: Strong and round, with tight toes and black nails.
HINDQUARTERS: The hindquarters are well angulated.
HIND LEGS: The upper thighs are slim, moderately developed, and long.
GAIT / MOVEMENT: Ground covering, and elegant.
HAIR: Short, smooth, close fitting, dense, and with a silky sheen.
COLOUR: Black, with small, clearly defined light to dark fawn markings. The two fawn markings above the eyes must be present.
Height at withers: Height at the withers is 19 to 22 inches.
Unilateral or bilateral cryptorchid. Viciousness or extreme shyness. Albinism. Undershot or overshot bite. Any color or pattern other than described. Lack of well defined fawn markings above the eyes on an otherwise black and tan dog.
Teeth: Undershot or overshot bite.
Color: Any color or pattern other than described. Lack of well defined fawn markings above the eyes on an otherwise black and tan dog.