|Fédération Cynologique Internationale|
FCI-Standard N° 24
These illustrations do not necessarily show the ideal example of the breed.
The sequence might differ slightly from the original breed standard.
DATE OF PUBLICATION OF THE OFFICIAL VALID STANDARD: 17.11.1978.
|Group 6||Scent hounds and related breeds|
|Section 1.1||Scenthounds, Large-sized Hounds|
|With working trial|
TRANSLATION: Mrs. Kincaid, brought up to date by Dr. Paschoud.
GENERAL APPEARANCE: A very distinguished hound presenting, to a high degree of perfection, strength, elegance and lightness, with a range of the most fascinating colours.
HEAD: Long but not exaggerated, not very wide, the bones prominent with a slight occipital protuberance.
Skull: Rather flat, sloping very gently to the foreface.
Nose: Strong, wide and prominent.
Muzzle: Slightly convex, long without exaggeration.
Lips: Upper lip covering the lower, muzzle tapering.
Eyes: Large, round, surrounded with black. Lovely expression.
Leathers: Of medium width, fine leather, set on a little low, medium length and slightly turned inwards.
NECK: Long, slim, without dewlap.
Back: Well muscled and very well coupled.
Chest: Brisket: Very deep, proportionately more so than wide.
Flank: Slight tuck-up but sufficiently spacious for the intestines.
TAIL: Medium length, fine, smooth, never with longer and coarser slightly offstanding hairs (like ears of grain) towards the tip; elegantly carried in a slight curve.
FOREQUARTERS: Straight, very muscular, lean and strong, flat and broad.
Shoulder: Long, flat and sloping, close to the chest.
Forefeet: The “wolf-foot”, rather long, very resistant.
Hind feet: As forefeet.
HINDQUARTERS: Hip: Somewhat sloping, well developed and of good length.
Thigh: Very muscular.
Hock joint: Low to the ground, slightly bent. Hocks vertical.
GAIT / MOVEMENT: Free mover; gallops easily, bounding lightly and passing well through undergrowth.
SKIN: Black nose. Testicles varying from white to black.
HAIR: Short and glossy.
COLOUR: Tricolour with black saddle, or tricolour with large black patches; sometimes white and orange (bicolour); wolf-coloured hair is quite frequent.
Height at withers: Dogs 62 to 72 cm, bitches 60 to 70 cm.
FAULTS: 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.
Aggressive or overly shy.
Black and white hounds.
Hounds with slightly overshot mouth not to be disqualified, but all things being equal, the hound with correct jaw is to be preferred.
Any dog clearly showing physical or behavioural abnormalities shall be disqualified.