Each breed has a standard or a
description that describes the "perfect" example of that breed.
This standard is what breeders should strive for when they decide
to venture into breeding.
The Australian National Kennel
Council uses the U.K. standard as this is the country of origin of
the Beagle. (There is a different
standard used for Beagles in the U.S.A.)
Judges use this description when
deciding which dog to choose - the
one closest to the standard
(in his or her opinion) is the winner.
standard is the guideline which describes the ideal
characteristics, temperament, and appearance of a breed and
ensures that the breed is fit for function with soundness
essential. Breeders and judges should at all times be mindful of
features which could be detrimental in any way to the health,
welfare or soundness of this breed.
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A sturdy, compactly built hound, conveying the impression of
quality without coarseness.
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.
Amiable and alert, showing no aggression or timidity.
Head and Skull
Fair length, powerful without being coarse, finer in the bitch,
free from frown and wrinkle. Skull slightly domed, moderately
wide, with slight peak. Stop well defined and dividing length,
between occiput and nose as equally as possible. Muzzle, not snipy,
lips reasonably well flewed. Nose broad, preferably black, but
less pigmentation permissible in lighter coloured hounds. Nostrils
Dark brown or hazel, fairly large, not deep set or prominent,
set well apart with mild appealing expression.
Long, with rounded tip, reaching nearly to the end of the nose
when drawn out. Set on low, fine in texture and hanging gracefully
close to cheeks.
The jaws should be strong, with a perfect, regular and complete
scissor bite ie. The upper teeth closely overlapping the lower
teeth and set square to the jaws.
Sufficiently long to enable the hound to come down easily to
scent, slightly arched and showing little dewlap.
Shoulders well laid back, not loaded. Forelegs straight and
upright well under the hound, good substance, and round in bone,
not tapering off to feet. Pasterns short. Elbows firm, turning
neither in nor out. Height to elbow about half height at withers.
Topline straight and level. Chest let down to below elbow. Ribs
well sprung and extending well back. Short in the couplings but
well balanced. Loins powerful and supple, without excessive
Muscular 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.
Sturdy, moderately long. Set on high, carried gaily but not
curled over the back or inclined forward from root. Well covered
with hair, especially on underside.
Back level, firm with no indication of roll. Stride free, long
reaching in front and straight without high action; hind legs
showing drive. Should not move close behind nor paddle nor plait
Short, dense and weatherproof.
Tricolour (black, tan and white); blue, white and tan; badger
pied; hare pied; lemon pied; lemon and white; red and white; tan
and white; black and white; all white. With the exception of all
white, all the above mentioned colours can be found as mottle.
No other colours are permissible. Tip of stern
Desirable minimum height at withers - 33 cm (13 ins).
Desirable maximum height at withers - 40 cm (16 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.
Male animals should have two apparently normal testicles fully
descended into the scrotum.
Hound Group A.N.K.C. Ltd © 12 March 2012
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