United Kennel Club





English Foxhound




The sequence follows FCI breed standard.

CLASSIFICATION

: Scenthound

BRIEF HISTORICAL SUMMARY

: The English Foxhound was developed in Great Britain in the 13th century expressly for the purpose of trailing the red fox during a mounted hunt. Breeds which were used in this process include the St. Hubert/Bloodhound types, with crosses made to swifter, lighter hounds, which may have included the Greyhound. The breeding of Foxhounds has always been, and continues to be, in the hands of the Masters of Foxhounds. There have been over two hundred and fifty packs of Foxhounds in Great Britain. The English Foxhound was recognized by the United Kennel Club in 1905.

GENERAL APPEARANCE

: The breed is well balanced, powerful and clean cut.

BEHAVIOUR / TEMPERAMENT

: Full of stamina and the capacity for endurance, the English Foxhound has a natural ability to hunt and is friendly and not aggressive.

HEAD

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CRANIAL REGION

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Skull

: The skull is flat and of medium width. The stop is slight.

FACIAL REGION

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Nose

: Nostrils are open.

Muzzle

: The muzzle is long and square. The flews are moderately developed.

Jaws/Teeth

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

Ears

: The leathers are pendant, close to the head and set high.

NECK

: The neck is long, slightly arched and well developed without being coarse.

BODY

: The chest is deep and the ribs are well sprung. The back is broad and level and there is a slight rise over the strong loin.

TAIL

: Well set on high, carried gaily but never curled over the back.

LIMBS

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FOREQUARTERS

: The long, well-sloped shoulders are well clothed with muscle, especially at the points, without being heavy.

FORELEGS

: The forearm is long and muscular, but free from fat or lumber. The well-let-down elbows are set quite straight, and turn neither in nor out. The forelegs are long, straight and well boned down to the feet. The pasterns are strong.

FEET

: Round, tight, strong and well padded.

HINDQUARTERS

: The hindquarters are powerful and muscular.

HIND LEGS

: The hind legs are well boned down to the feet. There is moderate turn of stifle. The hocks are well let down.

GAIT / MOVEMENT

: Free striding and tireless, with the ability to gallop. Strong drive from behind with no tendency to roll.

COAT

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HAIR

: The coat is short, dense and weatherproof.

COLOUR

: Any good hound color is acceptable.

SIZE

: Approximately 23 to 25 inches at the shoulder.

FAULTS

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DISQUALIFYING FAULTS

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Unilateral or bilateral cryptorchid. Viciousness or extreme shyness. Undershot or overshot bite. Albinism.
Teeth: Undershot or overshot bite.


Anatomical Features of the dog

N.B.:

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