The sequence follows FCI breed standard.
DATE OF PUBLICATION OF THE OFFICIAL VALID STANDARD
: February 2009
: Well balanced, powerful and clean cut.
: Stamina and endurance, natural ability to hunt.
BEHAVIOUR / TEMPERAMENT
: Friendly and not aggressive.
: Well balanced, skull flat of medium width. Muzzle long and square with large nostrils. Slight stop, moderately developed flews.
: Jaws strong with a perfect, regular and complete scissor bite, i.e. upper teeth closely overlapping lower teeth and set square to the jaws.
: Medium size, hazel or brown. Keen expression.
: Leathers pendant, carried close to head, high set.
: Long, slightly arched, well developed without being coarse.
: Chest deep, ribs well sprung. Back broad and level with a slight rise over strong loins.
: Well set on high. Carried gaily but never curled over back.
: Shoulders well laid back, muscular without being loaded. Forelegs long, straight and well boned down to feet, pastern strong.
: Round, tight and strong. Well padded. Nails strong.
: Powerful and muscular. Moderate turn of stifle. Hocks well let down. Well boned down to feet.
GAIT / MOVEMENT
: 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.