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Montenegrin Mountain Hound
The sequence follows FCI breed standard.
BRIEF HISTORICAL SUMMARY: This version of the Balkan hound was developed in the Republic of Montenegro. The first standard dates to 1924. The Montenegrin Mountain Hound was recognized by the United Kennel Club in 2008.
GENERAL APPEARANCE: Medium sized, solid, and agile.
BEHAVIOUR / TEMPERAMENT: Docile, trustworthy and attached to his master.
Skull: The skull is longer than it is wide. It is flat or slightly arched. The frontal furrow is accentuated, and the occiput is not prominent. The stop is slightly pronounced.
Nose: The black nose is well developed.
Muzzle: The muzzle is thick, broad at the base, and shorter than the skull. The nasal bridge is straight, and the toplines of the skull and muzzle are divergent. The cheeks are flat. The upper lip slightly overlaps the lower. The lips have black edges.
Jaws/Teeth: The Montenegrin Mountain Hound has a complete set of evenly spaced, white teeth meeting in a scissors or level bite.
Eyes: The oval shaped eyes are set slightly obliquely. They are light to dark brown in color, with black rims.
Ears: High set, moderately long and pendant, carried without folds and close to the head. The ears are fairly oval in shape.
NECK: The neck is long, thin, muscular and clean.
BODY: The body is about 10 percent longer than it is tall. The chest is strong, deep and well rounded. The withers are very pronounced and the back is broad and muscular. The loin is short and solid. The croup is slightly sloping, broad and muscular. The belly is only slightly tucked up.
TAIL: The tail is set on the line of the croup and tapers towards the tip, which reaches to the hock. It is carried below the level of the back, in saber fashion, and is covered with abundant hair.
FOREQUARTERS: The shoulder blades are long, muscular, and well laid back.
FORELEGS: The legs are straight and strong with close fitting elbows. The distance from the elbow to the ground is one-half the height at the withers. The pasterns are strong but thin and slightly sloping.
FEET: Cat feet, with tight, well arched toes and elastic, black pads. The nails are always black.
HINDQUARTERS: The hindquarters are strong and muscular with solid bone structure.
HIND LEGS: The upper and lower thighs are about the same length. The angulation of the stifle is about 120 degrees. The hock joint is pronounced and has angulation of about 135 degrees.
GAIT / MOVEMENT: Elastic, lively and even, with strong drive from the rear.
SKIN: The skin is elastic and very tight to the body.
HAIR: Short, dense, rough, smooth and glossy. The undercoat is well developed.
COLOUR: Black ground color, with tan markings above the eyes, on the muzzle and on the lower legs. The tan may be pale red to brownish red to bright red. A small white spot on the chest is acceptable but not desirable.
Height at withers: Height at the withers is from 17 to 21 inches.
Unilateral or bilateral cryptorchid. Viciousness or extreme shyness. Albinism. Overshot or undershot bite. Missing teeth, other than the 1st premolars. Wall eyes. Eyes of different colors. Entropion. Ectropion. Curled tail. Tail carried above the backline. Any other color. Any white markings other than a small white spot on the chest.
Teeth: Overshot or undershot bite. Missing teeth, other than the 1st premolars.
Eyes: Wall eyes. Eyes of different colors. Entropion. Ectropion.
Tail: Curled tail. Tail carried above the backline.
Color: Any other color. Any white markings other than a small white spot on the chest.