United Kennel Club





Beagle




The sequence follows FCI breed standard.

CLASSIFICATION

: Scenthound

BRIEF HISTORICAL SUMMARY

: There is considerable doubt as to the origin of the Beagle. Beagles are known throughout Europe, and are the smallest of the scent hunting hounds. In literature, they were mentioned as far back as 1475. Their popularity has been greater in the United States and Canada. Beagles have been in the "Top Ten" of most popular breeds for over 30 years, and are one of the most popular breeds in America. The UKC Hunting Beagle is a "total" dog, excelling as a hunter while possessing excellent conformation. Looks and ability go hand-in-hand in developing the ideal UKC Hunting Beagle.

GENERAL APPEARANCE

: The Beagle has been referred to as “a foxhound in miniature”. A smooth, short-haired hound, slightly longer than tall. Ears lay close to the head. Usually tri-color (black, white and tan), but all typical hound color combinations are acceptable. Because the Beagle is first and foremost a hunting hound, scars (the result of honorable wounds) shall not be considered faults nor shall they be penalized by Judges. This includes cuts, nicks, notches on the ears, and/or ears that are frayed at the edges from working in brush, tall grass, etc.

BEHAVIOUR / TEMPERAMENT

: An independent personality is a generalization of most hounds, although individuals may vary. Has a good hound voice. Usually friendly disposition. Can make a good house pet or outside dog.

HEAD

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CRANIAL REGION

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Skull

: The skull is fairly long. It is slightly domed at the occiput. The cranium is broad and full. The muzzle is of medium length. It is straight, and square cut, with the stop moderately defined.

FACIAL REGION

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Jaws/Teeth

: A full complement of strong, white teeth meet in a scissors or level bite.

Eyes

: The large eyes are set well apart. They have a soft, hound-like expression; gentle and pleading. They are brown or hazel in color.

Ears

: The ears are set moderately low, setting close to the head. The forward edge turns slightly into the cheek. They are long reaching when drawn out, extending nearly to the end of the nose. They are fine in texture. The ears are fairly broad and rounded at the tip; with almost no erectile power.

NECK

: The medium-length neck rises free and light from the shoulders. It is strong in substance, yet not loaded. The throat is clean and free of folds of skin. A slight wrinkle below the angle of the jaw is acceptable.

BODY

: The chest is deep and broad, but not so much as to interfere with the free play of the shoulders. The back is muscular and strong. The broad loins are slightly arched. The well-sprung ribs provide an abundance of lung room.

TAIL

: The tail is set moderately high. It is carried gaily over the back with a slight curve, not turned forward. It is short as compared with the size of the hound, and has a brush.

LIMBS

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FOREQUARTERS

: The clean, muscular, sloping shoulders convey the idea of freedom of action with activity and strength. They are not heavy nor loaded.

FORELEGS

: The straight forelegs have plenty of bone in proportion to the size of the hound. The pasterns are short and straight.

FEET

: The feet are close, round, and firm. The pads are full and hard.

HINDQUARTERS

: The strong, well-muscled hips and thighs provide an abundance of propelling power.

HIND LEGS

: The stifles are strong and well let down. The firm, symmetrical hocks are moderately bent.

COAT

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HAIR

: The Beagle has a close, hard, hound coat of medium length.

COLOUR

: All typical hound color combinations. No solid colors are acceptable.

SIZE

: Not to exceed 15 inches. Height is measured across the shoulders at the highest point (withers), with the hound standing in a natural position, with its feet well under it, not leaning forward or backward.

FAULTS

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Neck: A thick, short neck carried on a line with the top of the shoulder. Throat showing dewlap and folds of skin, termed ”throatiness”.
Forelegs: Straight, upright shoulder. Out at the elbows. Knees buckled or bent backwards. Crooked or bowed forelegs.
Body: Disproportionately wide chest. Lack of chest depth. Very long, swayed, or roached back. Flat, narrow loins. Flat, narrow ribs.
Feet: Long feet. Open, spreading feet.
Tail: A long tail. Excessive curve. Inclined forward from the root. Rat tail with absence of brush.

DISQUALIFYING FAULTS

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Appearance: Unilateral or bilateral cryptorchid.
Characteristics: Viciousness or extreme shyness.
Teeth: Overshot bite. Undershot bite. (Overshot or undershot is defined as having a visible gap between the upper and lower teeth.)
Eyes: Blind.
Ears: Deaf.
Color: Albinism.
Size: Over 15 inches in height.
Eyes: Blind.
Appearance: Unilateral or bilateral cryptorchid.
Characteristics: Viciousness or extreme shyness.
Note: Albinism.
Teeth: Overshot bite. Undershot bite. (Overshot or undershot is defined as having a visible gap between the upper and lower teeth.)
Ears: Deaf.


Anatomical Features of the dog

N.B.:

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