A merry hound whose essential function is
to hunt, primarily hare, by following a scent. Bold with great activity,
stamina and determination. Alert, intelligent and of even temperament.
A sturdy and compactly-built hound, conveying the impression of quality without coarseness.
Head and Skull:
Head fair length, powerful in the dog without being coarse,
but finer in the bitch; free from frown and excessive wrinkle. Skull slightly
domed, moderately wide, with indication of peak. Stop well-defined and dividing
the length between occiput and top of nose as equally as possible. Muzzle not
snipy, lips reasonably well flewed. Nose broad and nostrils well expanded; preferably
black, but less pigmentation permissible in lighter coloured hounds.
Dark brown or hazel, fairly large, not deep set or bulgy, set well apart
and with a mild appealing expression.
with round tip, reaching nearly to end of nose when drawn out. Set
on low, fine in texture and hanging gracefully close to cheek.
Teeth strongly developed. Upper incisors just overlapping and touching
outer surface of lower incisors to form scissor bite.
Sufficiently long to enable hound to come down easily to scent, slightly
arched and showing little dewlap.
Shoulder clean and sloping. Forelegs straight and upright, well
under the hound, of good substance, strong, hard and round in bone. Not tapering
off to feet. Pasterns short. Elbows firm, turning neither in nor out. Height
to elbow about half the hound's height to withers.
Topline straight and level. Chest well let down to below elbow. Ribs
well sprung and extending well back. Short between the couplings. Loins powerful
and supple, without excessive tuck-up.
Very muscular about the thighs. Stifles well bent. Hocks firm,
well let down and parallel to each other.
Tight and firm. Well knuckled up and strongly padded. Not
hare-footed. Nails short.
Back level and no roll. Stride free, long-reaching and straight without
high action. Hind legs showing drive. Should not move close behind or paddle
or plait in front.
Sturdy and moderate length. Set on high and carried gaily but not curled
over back or inclined forward from the root. Well covered with hair, especially
Short, dense and weatherproof.
Any recognised hound colour other than liver. Tip of stern white.
Weight and Size:
It is desirable that height from ground to withers should
neither exceed 40 cm (16 in) nor fall below 33 cm (13 in).
Male animals should have two apparently normal testicles fully descended
into the scrotum.