ORIGIN: Great Britain.
DATE OF PUBLICATION OF THE OFFICIAL VALID
UTILIZATION: Scent Hound.
FCI-CLASSIFICATION: Group 6 Scent hounds and related
Section 1.3 Small-sized Hounds.
With working trial.
BRIEF HISTORICAL SUMMARY: The Beagle, said to have
been bred down from the larger Foxhound to hunt with men on
foot, preferably after the hare. He is still used in packs, very often
organised by institutions, including colleges and schools. A
bustling, eager little dog, full of enthusiasm and vigour, ever ready
for any activity which involves him. Everything about the breed
gives the impression of athleticism and there is no better sight than
a Beagle pack in full pursuit, their heads down to the scent, their
sterns up in rigid order as they concentrate on the chase.
During the reigns of King Henry VIII and Queen Elizabeth I there
were wirehaired Beagles, some of which were small enough to be
carried in the pocket of a hunting jacket. Size has increased over
the years but smaller versions of the breed, called ‘pocket Beagles’,
are sometimes born.
GENERAL APPEARANCE: A sturdy, compactly-built hound,
conveying the impression of quality without coarseness.
IMPORTANT PROPORTIONS: Length of head, between occiput
and tip of nose, divided by stop, as equally as possible. Height to
elbow about half height at withers.
BEHAVIOUR AND TEMPERAMENT: 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 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, dividing length, between occiput and tip of
nose, as equally as possible.
Nose: Broad, preferably black, but less pigmentation permissible in
lighter coloured hounds. Nostrils wide.
Muzzle: Not snipy.
Lips: Reasonably well flewed.
Jaws / Teeth: Jaws should be strong, with a perfect, regular and
complete scissor bite, i.e. the upper teeth closely overlapping the
lower teeth and set square to the jaws.
Eyes: Dark brown or hazel, fairly large, not deep set or prominent set
well apart with mild appealing expression.
Ears: Long, with rounded tip, reaching nearly to end of nose when
drawn out. Set on low, fine in texture and hanging gracefully close to
NECK: Sufficiently long to enable hound to come down easily to
scent, slightly arched and showing little dewlap.
BODY: Short in the couplings, but well balanced.
Topline: Straight and level.
Loin: Loins powerful and supple.
Chest: Let down to below elbow. Ribs well sprung and extending
Underline and belly: Without excessive tuck-up.
TAIL: Sturdy, moderately long. Set on high, carried gaily but not
curled over back or inclined forward from root. Well covered with
hair, especially on underside.
Shoulder: Well laid back, not loaded.
Elbow: Firm, turning neither in nor out.
Forearm: Forelegs straight and upright well under the hound, good
substance and round in bone, not tapering off to feet.
Metacarpus (Pastern): Short.
Forefeet: Tight and firm. Well knuckled up and strongly padded. Not
hare-footed. Nails short.
Stifle (Knee): Well bent.
Hock joint: Firm, well let down and parallel to each other.
Hind feet: Tight and firm. Well knuckled up and strongly padded. Not
hare-footed. Nails short
GAIT / MOVEMENT: 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 in front.
Hair: Short, dense and weatherproof.
Colour: 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
Desirable minimum height at the withers 33 cms.
Desirable maximum height at the withers 40 cms.
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 and on its ability to perform its traditional work.
· Aggressive or overly shy
· Any dog clearly showing physical or behavioural abnormalities
shall be disqualified.
· Male animals should have two apparently normal testicles fully
descended into the scrotum.
· Only functionally and clinically healthy dogs, with breed
typical conformation should be used for breeding.
The latest amendments are in bold characters.
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