Breed standards are the official guidelines that describe the ideal characteristics, temperament, and appearance of a breed and ensures that the breed is fit for function with soundness essential.
Last Updated: 03 Aug 2008
Kennel Club, London 1994
Group 4 (Hounds)
Tall, narrow, finely built, large erect ears.
Agile, tireless, controlled hunter. Retrieves to hand, has ability to jump great heights without take-off run.
Reserved with strangers, not nervous or aggressive. Dignified, intelligent and independent.
Head And Skull:
Fine, long, flat skull with prominent occipital bone. Stop not well defined, slightly convex muzzle, length of which from eyes to tip of nose equals length from eyes to occiput. Nose flesh coloured, should protrude beyond teeth, jaws very strong and lean.
Clear amber, expressive. Almond shaped; not prominent, large or round.
Large, thin, stiff, highly mobile, erect when dog is alert, in a continuous line with arch of neck when viewed in profile; base set on level with eyes. Drop ears unacceptable.
Perfectly even white teeth; scissor bite, i.e. the upper teeth closely overlapping the lower teeth and set square to the jaws. Thin lips with no dewlap.
Very lean, long, muscular and slightly arched.
Rather steep, short shoulder blade, long straight legs, erect pasterns of good length.
Level back sloping slightly from the pin bones to rump. Long, flat ribcage. Short coupled with well tucked-up waist, breast bone very prominent. Depth measured between bottom of ribcage and elbow 2.5 ins to 3 ins.
Long, strong, straight and lean, no great angulation, long second thigh, turning neither in nor out.
Well arched toes, thick pads, light coloured claws. Front feet may turn slightly outwards. Dewclaws should not be removed in front. No hind dewclaws.
Long, thin, low set, reaching well below the hock; when passed between legs and round flank reaches spine; may be carried high when excited, but not curled within itself or low over back.
A suspended trot, which is a long far-reaching stride, with a slight hover before placing foot to ground.
Smooth or rough always hard, close, dense. Longer under tail and at back of legs. Hunting scars should not be penalised.
White, chestnut or lion solid colour, or any combination of these.
Height: in country of origin varies between 56-74 cms (22-29 ins), but balance is overriding factor.
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.