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Afghan Hound

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A Breed 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.

AFGHAN HOUND
(Effective 31.03.2016)

GENERAL APPEARANCE:
Gives the impression of strength and dignity, combining speed and power. Head held proudly.

CHARACTERISTICS:
Eastern or Oriental expression is typical of breed. The Afghan looks at and through one.

TEMPERAMENT:
Dignified and aloof, with a certain keen fierceness.

HEAD & SKULL:
Skull long, not too narrow, with prominent occiput. Foreface long with punishing jaws and slight stop. Skull well balanced and mounted by a long “top-knot”. Nose preferably black, liver permissible in light-coloured dogs.

EYES:
Dark for preference, but golden colour not debarred. Nearly triangular, slanting slightly upwards from inner corner to outer corner.

EARS:
Set low and well back, carried close to head. Covered with long silky hair.

MOUTH:
Jaws strong, with a perfect, regular and complete scissor bite, i.e. upper teeth closely overlapping lower teeth and set square to the jaws. Level bite tolerated.

NECK:
Long, strong, with proud carriage of head.

FOREQUARTERS:
Shoulders long and sloping, set well back, well muscled and strong without being loaded. Upper arm long and sloping. In profile this brings the elbow vertically below the wither. Forelegs straight and well boned elbows close to ribcage, turning neither in nor out.

BODY:
Back level, moderate length, well-muscled, back falling slightly away to stern.
Loin straight, broad and rather short. Hipbones rather prominent and wide apart. A fair spring of ribs and good depth of chest.

HINDQUARTERS:
Powerful, well bent and well turned stifles. Great length between hip and hock, with comparatively short distance between hock and foot. Dewclaws may be removed.

FEET:
Forefeet strong and very large both in length and breadth, and covered with long, thick hair; toes arched. Pasterns long and springy, pads well down on ground. Hind feet long, but not quite as broad as forefeet; covered with long thick hair.

TAIL:
Not too short. Set on low with ring at end. Raised when in action. Sparsely feathered.

GAIT / MOVEMENT:
Smooth and springy with a style of high order.

COAT:
Long and very fine texture on the ribs, fore and hindquarters and flanks. In mature dogs, from the shoulder backwards and along the saddle, hair short and close. Hair long from the forehead backwards, with a distinct silky ‘topknot’. On the foreface hair short, ears and legs well coated. Pasterns can be bare. Coat must develop naturally. Any evidence of clipping or scissoring should be penalised.

COLOUR:
All colours acceptable.

SIZE:
Ideal height: Dogs : 68 - 74 cms (27 - 29 ins);
Bitches: 63 - 69 cms (25 - 27 ins).

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 on the health and welfare of the dog and on the dogs ability to perform its traditional work.

NOTE:
• Male animals should have two apparently normal testicles fully descended into the scrotum.
• Only clinically and functionally healthy dogs with breed typical conformation should be used for breeding.

 

American English Coonhound

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A Breed 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.

AMERICAN ENGLISH COONHOUND 
(Effective 31.03.2016)

GENERAL APPEARANCE:
Renowned for speed and endurance, the American English Coonhound has a strong but racy body, a deep chest with plenty of lung room, a strong back, broad loin and well-defined musculature. A balanced, powerful dog with no exaggerated parts, the American English possesses the grace and attitude of a well-conditioned athlete.

SIZE, PROPORTION, SUBSTANCE:
Size-Height-Males-24 to 26 inches at the withers. Females -23 to 25 inches at the withers. 
Proportion-Measuring from the breast bone to the rear of the thigh and the withers to the ground, the length should be equal or slightly longer than the height measurement. Slightly off square. 
Substance-Weight in proportion to height so the dog appears capable of an all-night hunt.

HEAD:
The head is broad and of moderate length. 
Expression-Kind, houndy. 
Eyes-Dark brown pigmentation, wide apart. Fault: Drooping lids. 
Ears-Hung rather low, reaching nearly at the end of the nose when drawn out. Fine texture, soft to the touch. Faults: Flat, stiff to the touch cocked. Skull-Very slightly domed, broad between the ears. Fault: Narrow skull. Stop-Prominent. 
Muzzle-Rather square, well-proportioned in width with the skull. Flews covering the lower jaw from the side view. Planes-The stop forms a right angle with the upper line of the muzzle. A line from occiput to brow is a little above, and parallel to a line from eye to nose. Nose-Black. Faults: Pink or white pigmentation. 
Bite-Scissors bite with upper incisors fitting closely over the lower. Disqualifications: Undershot or overshot.

NECK, TOPLINE, BODY:
Neck-Muscular, moderate length, fits smoothly into the shoulders and rising with a slight taper to the skull. Carriage-Moderate, reaching slightly forward in the trot. Faults: Neck carried overly high or low. Thickness at shoulders. 
Topline-Slightly higher at withers than at hips. Strong. Chest- Should reach to the elbow. Shows considerable depth rather than excessive width, allowing optimum lung space. Ribs-Well-sprung with good depth, tapering gradually to floating ribs. Underline and Tuck up-Tight and smooth without exaggeration. Fault: Sagging underline. Back-Muscular, blending well with the neck when the head is held alertly. Fault: Roached. Loin-Broad, well muscled. 
Tail-Set high, carried gaily but not hooked over back. Medium length, slight brush. Faults: Plume or rat tail.

FOREQUARTERS: 
Shoulders and Angulation-Clean, gradually sloped down from the withers to the point of shoulder, muscular, balanced with body, showing freedom of movement and strength. Fault: Protruding shoulders. Forelegs-Straight from side or front view, well boned, set well apart, muscular. Pastern-Strong and straight. Feet-Set directly under leg, round, catlike, well-padded, strong arch over toes. Nails-Strong.

HINDQUARTERS: 
Angulation-in balance with the forequarters. Legs-Strong, straight when viewed from the rear. Thigh-muscular without being coarse.

COAT: 
Hard, protective hair. Medium length. 
Color: Red and white ticked, blue and white ticked, tri-colored with ticking, red and white, white and black. Disqualifications: Tri-colored with no ticking, solid color with less than 10 percent ticking, any brindle color.

GAIT: 
Effortless trot, with reach and drive, with tail moving side to side. Gives impression of great endurance. Head carried up, but not perpendicular. Expression is alert.

TEMPERAMENT: 
Pleasant, alert, confident and sociable with humans and dogs. An avid hunter. Faults: Shyness or timidity.

DISQUALIFICATIONS: 
Undershot, overshot, tri-colored with no ticking, solid color with less than 10 percent ticking, any brindle color.

Azawakh

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A Breed 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.

UTILIZATION:
Sighthound that hunts for game (gazelles, hares, ostriches) and fights off predators (hyenas, jackals, lions). This dog is an important companion for the family life of the nomads, and shares their camp life.

BRIEF HISTORICAL SUMMARY:

It is an African sighthound descending from the types pictured in the wall paintings of the Central Sahara which date back thousands of years. The ever increasing aridity of the Sahara caused Tuareg, Dahoussahaq and Peul shepherd-hunters to migrate with their dogs to the more hospitable lands of the Sahel: in areas suitable for farming and hunting along the dry valley of the Azawakh. Belonging to the culture of peoples who domesticated and shaped it, it is known as Oska in the Tuareg language. European enthusiasts discovered the breed with admiration, and selected with the help of the breeders who owned the first lines exported to Europe, as of 1968.

GENERAL APPEARANCE:

Particularly slim and elegant, the Azawakh sighthound gives a general impression of great slenderness. Its bone structure and muscles show through thin and dry skin. It is a slender dog whose body fits into a rectangle with a vertical long side.

IMPORTANT PROPORTIONS:
Height at the withers / Scapulo-ischial length: 10-9 (a ratio slightly lower in females is allowed)
Height at the withers / Depth of chest: 10-4.
Length of head / Length of muzzle: 10-5.
Head length / Width of skull: 10-4.
BEHAVIOUR/TEMPERAMENT:

Quick, attentive, distant, can be reserved with strangers, but it can be gentle and affectionate with its family, and people whom it is willing to accept.

HEAD:
Long, fine, lean and chiselled, rather narrow, without excess.

CRANIAL REGION:
Skull: Almost flat, rather long, its width should be significantly less than half the length of the head. The line of skull and the bridge of the muzzle are sometimes slightly divergent. The superciliary ridges and the frontal furrow are slightly marked. The external occipital protuberance is clearly pronounced.

Stop: Very slightly marked.

FACIAL REGION:
Nose: Black or dark brown colour is obligatory, the nostrils are well opened.

Muzzle: Long, straight, tapered without exaggeration towards the end.

Lips: Thin lips tightly fitting, colour is black or dark brown, no hanging lips.

Jaws/Teeth: Jaws are long and strong; scissor bite. Complete set of teeth.

Cheeks: Flat.

Eyes: Almond eyes, rather large, slightly oblique palpebral opening, colour is dark, sometimes amber, never blue. Eye rims well black or dark brown pigmented.

Ears: Set quite high. They are fine, always drooping and flat, broad based, lie flat against the cheeks, never "rose ear". The shape is that of a triangle with a rounded tip. The base of the ears pricks up when the sighthound is attentive.

NECK:
Neck springing clearly from the shoulders, long, fine and muscular, with upper end slightly arched. The skin is fine and does not form a dewlap.

BODY:
Top line: Straight, approximately horizontal or slightly rising from the withers towards the point of the hips. Hips clearly protruding and placed at the same height or higher than the height of the withers.

Withers: Distinctively prominent.

Loin: Short and dry.

Croup: Oblique (ideally 45 °).

Chest: Deep, well let down almost to the elbows, sternal region gently narrowing. Fore chest fairly narrow. Ribs long, slightly visible, gently and evenly sprung.

Underline and belly: The sternal arch is pronounced. The underline rises smoothly into the belly which is tucked up very high.

TAIL:
Set low, long, thin, lean and tapered. Covered with the same type of hair as the body, it often has a white pencil hair on the end. The tail hangs with the tip slightly raised, but it can rise above the horizontal when the dog is excited.

LIMBS:
FOREQUARTERS:
General appearance: Long, thin, vertical. Perfect stand.

Shoulder: Long shoulder blade, with dry muscles and only slightly oblique viewed in profile.

Upper arm: The scapulo-humeral angle is very open (about 130°).

Metacarpus (Pastern): Slightly oblique.

Forefeet: Rounded, with slender digits, tight and well arched. The pads are pigmented.

HINDQUARTERS:
General appearance: Long and lean legs, viewed from behind, perfectly parallel.

Thigh: Long with dry protruding muscles. Coxo-femoral angle is very open (about 130°).

Stifle (Knee): Femoro-tibial angle is very open (about 145°).

Metatarsus (Rear pastern): Tarsus and metatarsus lean, without dewclaws.

Hind feet: Rounded, toes well arched, pads pigmented.

GAIT/MOVEMENT:
Always very supple and with high action when walking and trotting. The gallop is springy. The Azawakh sighthound gives an impression of lightness, even elasticity. The movement is an essential characteristic of the breed.

SKIN:
Thin and tight-fitting.

COAT:
HAIR: Short, fine, and down to none on the belly.

COLOUR: Fawn, with or without brindles, with white patching limited to the extremities. All shades are admitted, clear sand to dark fawn (mahogany). Brindles should be black as excluding any other shade. The muzzle can present a black mask.
White patching: The blaze is very inconstant. On the fore chest, white may be present as white patches, more or less extensively, confined to the base of the neck. The bib should not extend past the point of the shoulder, or go up on each side of the neck. A small white spot on the nape of the neck, of reduced size, is tolerated. As a continuation of the fore chest, white spots can appear below the chest, but must not in any case go up the ribs. Each of the four limbs has a white stocking, at least as a trace on the feet. On a subject having excellent morphology, the lack of white on one limb is allowed. The white marks on the forequarters, often irregular, should not extend beyond the elbows, or encroach on the shoulders. The white marks on the hindquarters, often more regular and less invasive, should not go up to the thigh. White marks appearing on the inner side of the thigh, however, should not be considered a fault.

SIZE AND WEIGHT:
Height at the withers: Males: 64 –74 cm.
Females: 60–70 cm.

A margin of 2 cm above and below the standard is tolerated.
Weight: Males: 20–25 kg.
Females: 15–20 kg.

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.

SEVERE FAULTS:
Head heavy lacking elegance.
Tail thick and hairy, very curled tail.
Body too long.
Level bite.

DISQUALIFYING FAULTS:

Aggressive or overly shy dogs.
Any dog clearly showing physical or behavioural abnormalities will be disqualified.
Lack of type.
Overly small chest and extreme general thinness.
Underbite or overbite.
Nose, eyelids and lips other than black or dark brown.
Light eyes or blue eyes.
Rose ears.
Hips lower than the withers.
Non-accidental anatomical deformation (e.g.: asymmetrical junction of the ribs at the sternum).
Presence of dewclaws or traces of removal of dewclaws on hind legs.
Wired or semi-long coat.
Non-standard coat colours (invasive white, white collar, brindle other than black). Beware of diluted colours such as: blue, lilac.
Every dog which shows traces of a surgical intervention meant to correct or repair an esthetical or morphological fault, will be excluded.
Size deviating more than 3 cm. from the standard.
N.B.:

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.

 

Basenji

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A Breed 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.

GENERAL APPEARANCE:
Lightly built, finely boned aristocratic-looking animal, high on leg compared with its length, always poised, alert and intelligent. Wrinkled head, with pricked ears, proudly carried on a well arched neck. Deep brisket runs up into a definite waist, tail tightly ruled presenting a picture of a well balanced dog of gazelle-like grace.

CHARACTERISTICS:
Barkless but not mute, its own special noise a mixture of a chortle and a yodel. Remarkable for its cleanliness in every way.

TEMPERAMENT:
An intelligent, independent but affectionate and alert breed. Can be aloof with strangers.

HEAD AND SKULL:
Flat, well-chiselled and medium width, tapering towards nose, with slight stop. Distance from top of head to stop slightly more than from stop to tip of nose. Side lines of skull taper gradually towards mouth, giving a clean cheeked appearance. Fine and profuse wrinkles appearing on forehead when ears pricked, side wrinkles desirable but not exaggerated into dewlap. Wrinkles more noticeable in puppies, but because of lack of shadowing, not as noticeable in tricolours; black nose desirable.

EYES:
Dark, almond-shaped, obliquely set, far-seeing and rather inscrutable in expression.

EARS:
Small, pointed, erect and slightly hooded, of fine texture, set well forward on top of head, tip of ear nearer centre of skull than outside base.

MOUTH:
Jaws strong, with a perfect, regular and complete scissor bite i.e. upper teeth closely overlapping lower teeth and set square to the jaws.

NECK:
Strong and of good length, without thickness, well crested and slightly full at base of throat with a graceful curve accentuating crest. 
Well set into shoulders giving head a ‘lofty’ carriage.

FOREQUARTERS:
Shoulders well laid back, muscular, not loaded. Elbows tucked in against brisket. When viewed from front, elbows in line with ribs and legs should continue in a straight line to ground giving a medium front. Forelegs straight with fine bone and very long forearms. Pasterns good length, straight and flexible.

BODY:
Balanced with short, level back. Ribs well sprung, deep and oval. Loin short-coupled, deep brisket running up into definite waist.

HINDQUARTERS:
Strong and muscular, hocks well let down, turned neither in nor out, with long second thighs and moderately bent stifles.

FEET:
Small, narrow and compact, with deep pads, well arched toes and short nails.

TAIL:
High set, with posterior curve of buttock extending beyond root of tail giving a reachy appearance to hindquarters. Curls tightly over spine and lies closely to thigh with a single or double curl.

GAIT/MOVEMENT:
Legs carried straight forward with a swift, long, tireless, swinging stride.

COAT:
Short, sleek and close, very fine. Skin very pliant.

COLOUR:
Pure black and white;

Red and white;

Black, tan and white with tan melon pips and mask;

Black, tan and white;

Brindle and white: red background with black stripes, the more clearly defined the stripes the better.

The white should be on feet, chest and tail tip. White legs, blaze and white collar optional.

SIZE:
Ideal height: Dogs: 43cm (17in) at withers
Bitches: 40 cm (16in) at withers.
Ideal weight: Dogs: 11kg (24 lb) 
Bitches: 9½ kg (21 lb).

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 on the health and 
welfare of the dog.

NOTE:
• Male animals should have two apparently normal testicles fully descended into the scrotum.
• Only clinically and functionally healthy dogs with breed typical conformation should be used for breeding.

                                                         

Basset Fauve de Bretagne

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A Breed 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.

(Effective 31.03.2016)

UTILISATION:
Scent hound used for hunting rabbit, hare, fox, roe deer and wild boar.

BRIEF HISTORICAL SUMMARY:
This little basset has the same qualities as the breed from which it is derived: the griffon fauve de Bretagne. Very popular in its region of origin in the XIX century, it earned a national reputation in the course of the last 30 years of the XX century. Its exceptional aptitude for hunting has allowed it to win the French Cup hunting trophy on rabbit a number of times and it has become very popular.

GENERAL APPEARANCE:
The basset fauve de Bretagne, is a small, stocky hound, lively, rapid for its size. It benefits from enormous energy coupled with excellent hardiness.

BEHAVIOUR / TEMPERAMENT:
The bassets fauves de Bretagne are impassioned hunters but are also excellent companions of man, sociable, affectionate and equable. They adapt themselves easily to all terrains, even the most difficult, and to all quarry. When hunting they reveal themselves to be courageous, wily, and obstinate, which makes them very successful.

HEAD
CRANIAL REGION:
Skull: rather long with marked occipital protuberance. Seen from the front, the cranium has the form of a flattened arch and diminishes in width from the rear to the superciliary arches, which are not very prominent.
Stop: A little more marked than with the griffon fauve de Bretagne.

FACIAL REGION:
Nose: Black or dark brown Well-open nostrils.
Muzzle: Slightly tapering rather than being perfectly rectangular.
Lips: Covering well the lower jaw but without excess. Moustaches only slightly furnished.
Jaws/Teeth: The jaws and teeth are strong, meeting in a perfect and even scissors bite. The upper incisors cover the lower in close contact. The incisors are set square to the jaws. Absence of first premolars is not penalized.
Eyes: Neither bulging nor set too deeply in the orbits, dark brown in colour. The conjunctiva is not apparent. The expression is lively.
Ears: Finely attached, in line with the eye, just reaching the end of the nose when drawn forward, ending in a point, turned inwards and covered by finer and shorter hair than on the rest of the body.

NECK:
Rather short and well-muscled.

BODY
Back: Short for a basset and broad. Never swaybacked.
Loin: Broad and muscular.
Chest: Deep and broad.
Ribs: Rather rounded.
Abdomen: The underline rises only slightly towards the rear.

TAIL:
Carried slightly sickle-fashion, of medium length, large at the base, often bristly and well-tapered at the end. In action, the tail is carried above the top line and makes regular movements from side to side.

LIMBS
FOREQUARTERS:
Overview: The limbs have good bone.
Shoulder: Oblique and well set on the thorax.
Elbow: In the line with the body.
Forearm: Vertical or curving slightly in (which is not to be sought after).
Metacarpus (Pastern): Seen in profile, somewhat oblique. Seen from the front, in the axis of the body or slanting slightly out (which is not to be sought after).

HINDQUARTERS:
Overview: Well-muscled. The limbs are well poised. Seen from behind, the rear limbs are parallel, neither close nor wide.
Thigh: Long and well-muscled.
Hock: Well let down and moderately bent.
Metatarsus (rear pastern): Vertical.

FEET:
Compact with the toes tight together, arched and with solid nails. The pads are hard.

GAIT/MOVEMENT:
Lively.

SKIN:
Rather thick, supple. Absence of dewlap.

COAT
HAIR: Coat very rough, harsh, rather short, never woolly or curly. The face shouldn’t be too bushy.

COLOUR: Fawn coloured, from golden wheaten to red brick in hue. A few black hairs dispersed on the back and ears are
tolerated. Occasionally the presence of a small white star on the chest, something not sought after.

HEIGHT:
MALES and FEMALES: 32 cm minimum (12.6”) 38 cm maximum (15.5”) with a tolerance of 2 cm (0.8”) for exceptional specimens.

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.

SEVERE FAULTS:
Behaviour:
• Timid
Head:
• Wide, flat skull. Superciliary arches too prominent,
• Short or pointed muzzle. Heavy and pendulous upper lips.
Eyes:
• Light.
Ears:
• Flat and large
Body:
• Frail in appearance. Top line not level enough. Too tucked up.
Tail:
• Out of line.
Limbs:
• Poor bone. Splayed feet.
Coat:
• Sparse, smooth, fine, soft.

ELIMINATING FAULTS:
Aggressive or overly shy.
• Any dog clearly showing physical or behavioural abnormalities shall be disqualified.
Lack of type:
• Insufficient breed characteristics, which means the animal on the whole doesn’t resemble other samples of the breed.
Jaws/Teeth:
• Overshot or undershot.
Eyes:
• Overly light.
Pigmentation:
• Totally or partially unpigmented areas on the nose or the edges of eyelids or lips.
Tail:
• Kinked.
Forequarters:
• Excessive crook.
• Dewclaws:
• Presence of dewclaws (this breed is always free from dewclaws).
Coat:
• Long, woolly coat. Any coat other than that defined by the standard.
Height:
• Outside the limits defined by the standard.
Defects:
• Noticeable invalidating defect. Anatomical malformation

N.B.:
• 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.

Basset Griffon Vendeen (Petit)

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A Breed 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.

BASSET GRIFFON VENDEEN (PETIT)
(Effective 31.03.2016)
GENERAL APPEARANCE:
Well balanced, short-legged, rough coated, compact hound. Alert outlook and lively bearing.

CHARACTERISTICS:
Strong, active hound capable of a day’s hunting, with a good voice purposefully used.

TEMPERAMENT:
Happy, extrovert, independent, yet willing to please.

HEAD AND SKULL:
Head carried proudly. Skull of moderate length, slightly domed, not too wide, oval when viewed from above. Well cut away under eyes. Occiput moderately well developed. Stop clearly defined. Muzzle square, length from nose to stop slightly less than from stop to occiput. Underjaw strong and well developed. Nose black, large and prominent, with wide nostrils. Lips covered with long hair forming beard and moustache.

EYES:
Large, dark and oval, showing no white, with a friendly, intelligent expression. Haw not visible. Long eyebrow hair standing forward, but not obscuring eyes.

EARS:
Supple, narrow and fine, covered with long hair, folding inwards, ending in an oval shape. Not reaching beyond the tip of the nose. Set on low, just below the line of the eye.

MOUTH:
Jaws strong with a perfect, regular and complete scissor bite i.e. upper teeth closely overlapping lower teeth and set square to the jaws.

NECK:
Long and strong, thicker at the base, well set into shoulders; without Dewlap.

FOREQUARTERS:
Shoulders clean and well laid back. Upper arm approximately equal in length to the shoulder. Elbows close to body. Forearms straight when viewed from the front and well boned in proportion to size. Pasterns strong and slightly sloping. Knuckling over is unacceptable.

BODY:
Back of medium length. Length of body measured from point of shoulder to point of buttock exceeds height at withers at a ratio of approximately 7:5. Chest deep with prominent sternum. Ribs moderately rounded, well let down to elbow and extending well back. Level topline. Strong, short, well-muscled loins. Croup well-muscled and of good width.

HINDQUARTERS:
Strong and muscular with good bend of stifle. Well defined second thigh. Hocks well let down and turning neither in nor out.

FEET:
Hard, tight padded, not too long. Nails strong and short.

TAIL:
Of medium length, reaching no further than the hock when lowered. Set on high, thick at the base, strong at base, tapering gradually, well furnished with hair. Carried proudly sabre-like when moving.

GAIT/MOVEMENT:
Free at all paces, with great drive. Front action straight and reaching well forward; hocks turning neither in nor out.

COAT:
Rough, not too long and without exaggeration: harsh to the touch, with thick undercoat, never silky or woolly. For show purposes the coat may be tidied, but a natural appearance must be retained. Trimming or stylising should be penalised.

COLOUR:
White with any combination of lemon, orange, sable, grizzle or black markings.

SIZE:
Height at withers: 34 - 38 cms (13.5 - 15 ins). A tolerance of 1cm (3/8in) more or less is permissible.

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 on the health and welfare of the dog and on the dog’s ability to perform its traditional work.

NOTE:
• Male animals should have two apparently normal testicles fully descended into the scrotum.
• Only clinically and functionally healthy dogs with breed typical conformation should be used for breeding.

 

Basset Hound

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A Breed 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.

BASSET HOUND
(Effective 31.03.2016)

GENERAL APPEARANCE:
Short-legged hound of considerable substance, well balanced, full of quality. It is important to bear in mind that this is a working hound and must be fit for purpose, therefore should be strong, active and capable of great endurance in the field.

CHARACTERISTICS:
Tenacious hound of ancient lineage which hunts by scent, possessing a pack instinct, and a deep melodious voice.

TEMPERAMENT:
Placid, never aggressive or timid. Affectionate.

HEAD AND SKULL:
Domed with some stop and occipital bone prominent; of medium width at brow and tapering slightly to muzzle; general appearance of foreface lean not snipey. Top of muzzle nearly parallel with line from stop to occiput and not much longer than head from stop to occiput. There may be a small amount of wrinkle at brow and beside eyes. In any event, skin of head is supple enough as to wrinkle noticeably when drawn forward or when head is lowered. Flews of upper lip overlap lower substantially. Nose entirely black except in light-coloured hounds when it may be brown or liver. Large and well opened nostrils may protrude a little beyond lips.

EYES:
Lozenge-shaped neither prominent nor too deep-set, dark but may shade to mid-brown in light coloured hounds. Expression calm and serious. Light or yellow eye highly undesirable.

EARS:
Set on low, just below line of eye. Long; reaching slightly beyond end of muzzle of correct length but not excessively so. Narrow throughout their length and curling well inwards; very supple, fine and velvety in texture.

MOUTH:
Jaws strong, with a perfect, regular and complete scissor bite i.e. upper teeth closely overlapping lower teeth and set square to the jaws.

NECK:
Muscular, well arched and fairly long with pronounced but not exaggerated dewlap.

FOREQUARTERS:
Shoulder blades well laid back; shoulders not heavy. Forelegs short, powerful and with great bone; elbows turning neither in nor out but fitting neatly against side. Upper forearm inclined slightly inwards, but not to such an extent as to prevent free action or to result in legs touching each other when standing or in action; forechest fitting neatly into crook when viewed from front. Knuckling-over highly undesirable. Some wrinkles of skin on lower legs, but this must on no account be excessive.

BODY:
Long and deep throughout length, breast bone prominent but chest neither narrow nor unduly deep. There should be adequate clearance between the lowest part of the chest and the ground to allow the hound to move freely over all types of terrain. Ribs well rounded and sprung, without flange, extending well back. Back rather broad and level; withers and quarters of approximately same height, though loins may arch slightly. Back from withers to inset of quarters not unduly long.

HINDQUARTERS:
Full of muscle and standing out well, giving an almost spherical effect when viewed from rear. Stifles well bent. Hocks well let down and slightly bent under but turn neither in nor out and just under body when standing naturally. Some wrinkles of skin may appear between hock and foot, and at rear of joint a slight pouch of skin, may be present, but on no account should any of these be excessive.

FEET:
Large well knuckled up and padded. Forefeet may point straight ahead or be turned slightly outwards but, in every case, hound always stands perfectly true, weight being born equally by toes with pads together so that feet would leave an imprint of a large hound and no unpadded areas in contact with ground.

TAIL (Stern):
Well set on, rather long, strong at base, tapering, with moderate amount of coarse hair underneath. When moving, stern carried well up and curving gently, sabre-fashion, never curling or gay.

GAIT/MOVEMENT:
Most important to ensure that the hound is fit for purpose. Smooth, free action with forelegs reaching well forward and hind legs showing powerful thrust, hound moving true both front and rear. Hocks and stifles never stiff in movement, nor must any toes be dragged.

COAT:
Smooth, short and close without being too fine. Whole outline clean and free from feathering. Long hair, soft coat with feathering highly undesirable. Skin is supple and elastic without any exaggeration.

COLOUR:
Generally black, white and tan (tri-colour); lemon and white (bi-colour); but any recognised hound colour acceptable.

SIZE:
Height : 33 - 38 cms (13 - 15 ins) at withers.

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 on the health and welfare of the dog and on the dogs ability to perform its traditional work.

NOTE:
• Male animals should have two apparently normal testicles fully descended into the scrotum.
• Only clinically and functionally healthy dogs with breed typical conformation should be used for breeding.

Bavarian Mountain Scent Hound (Bayerischer Gebirgsschweisshund)

Posted in Hound Group

A Breed 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.

UTILIZATION
In accordance with the hunting requirements as a specialist for the search of hoofed game, the Bavarian Mountain Scent Hound has to show all the of him required abilities to be useful for the more difficult search. This usefulness must be confirmed by the relevant working trials.

BRIEF HISTORICAL SUMMARY
All Liam Hounds (Leithunde) and Leashhounds (Schweisshunde) are descended from the original hunting dogs, the “Bracken”. All pure “Bracken” have the finest nose for following ground scent and trail; they are firm on scent, have a strongly developed will to follow a trail and are readily giving tongue on scent. Only the most reliable and perseverant Bracken were chosen from the pack to be used on the leash to search for the lost trail of the hunted game. From those most calm and biddable Bracken, the Liam Hounds (Leithunde, working only on natural, cold scent) and the “Scent Hounds” (Schweisshunde, the so called “spoilt Liam Hounds”, working the trial of wounded game) were later bred. Through crossing of genetically fairly close breeds at the end of the 18th and beginning of the 19th century, the present day Hanoverian Scenthound evolved. After the Revolution in 1848, in fact, after the break up of the large hunting estates and the replacement of the previous hunting methods by stalking and hiding (waiting for the game) and at the same time with the improvement of the firearms, the dog was needed “after the shot”. Specialized in firmly working on the leash, one could not dispense with the loud chase, perseverance and keenness, especially in mountain regions. There the Hanovarian Scenthound proved too heavy. To achieve the desired accomplishments, even in difficult mountain territory, Baron Karg-Bebenburg, Reichenhall, bred the racy and ennobled lighter Mountain Scenthound after 1870, by crossing Hanovarian Scenthounds and red Mountain Scenthounds. More and more these dogs ousted other breeds from the mountain regions so that the Bavarian Mountain Scenthound is, today, the classical companion for the professional hunter and game keeper.
In 1912 the Club for Bavarian Mountain Scenthounds was founded with its seat in Munich. It is the only recognized Club for Bavarian Mountain Scenthounds in Germany.

GENERAL APPEARANCE
An altogether balanced, somewhat light, very mobile and muscular, medium size dog. The body is slightly longer than high, slightly higher at rear, standing on not too long legs. Head carried level or slightly upwards, tail level or slanting downwards.

IMPORTANT PROPORTIONS

Height at withers should be in the proportion to length of back of 1 : 1.15: the chest should reach down to the elbow.

BEHAVIOUR / TEMPERAMENT
Calm and balanced, devoted to his owner, reserved with strangers. Required is a sound, self assured, unafraid, biddable dog, neither shy nor aggressive.

HEAD
CRANIAL REGION
Skull: Relatively broad, flatly arched. Clear rise to forehead. Superciliary arches well developed; occiput not pronounced.
Stop: Well defined.

FACIAL REGION
Nose: Of good size, not too broad. Nostrils well opened. Black or dark red.
Muzzle: Somewhat off-set from eyes, of equal or slightly shorter than skull, sufficiently broad, never pointed. Nasal bridge slightly convex or straight.
Lips/Flews: Pendulous, medium thickness. Corner of lips clearly visible.
Jaws/Teeth: Strong jaws with a perfect, regular and complete scissor bite in which the upper incisors overlap the lower incisors without any gap and with the teeth set vertical to the jaw. 42 healthy teeth, according to tooth formula. Pincer bite permitted.
Cheeks: Only moderately pronounced.
Eyes: Clear, alert expression. Not too large or too round. Dark brown or slightly lighter. Well fitting, pigmented lids.
Ears: Somewhat over medium length but at most reaching to nose. Heavy, set on high and broad, rounded at tips. Hanging close to head without any twist.

NECK:
Of medium length and strong. Skin somewhat looser on throat.

BODY:
Topline: Slight rise from withers to hindquarters.
Withers: Barely defined, flowing transition from neck to back.
Back: Strong and supple.
Croup: Long and fairly level (drooping by 20 – 30° is seen to be ideal).
Loins: Relatively short, broad, very well-muscled.
Chest: Moderately broad, well developed forechest, oval ribcage, deep and long, with ribs reaching far back. Chest reaching down to elbow joint.
Underline and Belly: Gradually rising towards rear. Belly slightly tucked up.

TAIL
Medium length, reaching, at most, to hocks. Set on high, carried horizontal or slightly slanting downwards.

LIMBS
FOREQUARTERS
General appearance: Legs seen from the front, straight and parallel; seen from the side, standing well under the body. Good angulations.
Shoulder: Well slanting, laid back shoulder blade. Strongly muscled.
Upper arm: Long, with good and lean muscles. Scapulo-humeral angulation 90 - 100°.
Elbows: Close fitting to body, turning neither in nor out.
Forearm: Lean, vertical and straight. Strong bone, very well muscled.
Pastern joint: Strong.
Pastern: Slanting lightly.
Front feet: Spoon shaped with well arched, tight toes as well as sufficiently cushioned, coarse, resistant and well pigmented pads. Feet move parallel; in stance and movement turning neither in nor out. Nails black or dark brown to brown.

HINDQUARTERS
General appearance: Strong bone. Seen from rear, straight and parallel. Good angulations.
Upper thigh: Broad and very muscular.
Stifle: Strong (stifle angulation 100 - 110°).
Lower thigh: Relatively long, muscular and sinewy.
Hock joint: Strong.
Rear pastern: Short, standing vertical.
Hind feet: Spoon shaped, with well arched, tight toes as well as sufficiently cushioned, coarse resistant and well pigmented pads.
Feet move parallel; in stance and movement turning neither in nor out. Nails black or dark brown to brown.

GAIT / MOVEMENT:
Ground covering, with good reach in front and strong drive from the rear. Fore- and hindlegs straight and parallel; lightly springy gait. Preferred movement when in action: walk and gallop.

SKIN
Strong, tight fitting.

COAT
HAIR: Dense, close fitting, moderately harsh with little gloss. Finer on head and leathers, harsher and longer on belly, legs and tail.

COLOUR: Deep red, deer red, reddish brown, tan, also clear fawn to biscuit colour, reddish grey as the winter coat of a deer, also brindled or interspersed with black hairs. The basic colour on the back is generally more intense, muzzle and leathers dark. Tail, mostly, interspersed with dark hair. Small light-coloured patch on chest (“Bracken Star”) permitted.

SIZE
Height at withers: Dogs : 47 to 52 cm. Bitches : 44 to 48 cm.                                       

No departure from above permitted in either dogs or bitches.                                

Weight in relation to height to withers: males ideally 20 – 30 kg,  females ideally 17 – 25 kg.

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.

SERIOUS FAULTS

  • Very loose eyelids.
  •  Marked hollow or roach back.
  •  Very in or out at elbow.
  •  Distinctly overbuilt hindquarters.
  •  Very flat or barrel shaped chest.
  •  Hindlegs very close, cow-hocked or bow-shaped, in stance or movement.
  •  Too fine or thin coat.
  •  Strong deviation in colour, black colour with red markings (Black and Tan).
  • Flesh coloured nose.
  •  Deviation in size.

DISQUALIFYING FAULTS

  • Aggressive or overly shy.
  • Any dog clearly showing physical or behavioural abnormalities shall be disqualified.   
  • Not showing clear sexual dimorphism.
  • Under and oversized dogs. 
  • Not recognised coat colour.
  • Incorrect bites. Over or undershot, wry mouth, Palisade bite, wry mouth, partial pincer, slanted bites.
  •  Missing teeth (except P1; M3 must be present).
  •  Ectropion, entropion.
  • Tail kinked from birth.

N.B.:
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. 
                 

                             

Beagle

Posted in Hound Group

A Breed 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.

(Effective 31.03.2016)

GENERAL APPEARANCE:
A sturdy, compactly built hound, conveying the impression of quality without coarseness.

CHARACTERISTICS:
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.

TEMPERAMENT:
Amiable and alert, showing no aggression or timidity.

HEAD & 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 tip of nose, as equally as possible. Muzzle not snipey, lips reasonably well flewed. Nose broad, preferably black, but less pigmentation permissible in lighter coloured hounds. Nostrils wide.

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 cheeks.

MOUTH:
The jaws should be strong, with a perfect, regular and complete scissor bite, i.e. upper teeth closely overlapping lower teeth and set square to the jaws.

NECK:
Sufficiently long to enable hound to come down easily to scent, slightly arched and showing little dewlap.

FOREQUARTERS:
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.

BODY:
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 tuck-up.

HINDQUARTERS:
Muscular thighs. Stifles well bent. Hocks firm, well let down and parallel to each other.

FEET:
Tight and firm. Well knuckled up and strongly padded. Not hare-footed. Nails short.

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.

GAIT / MOVEMENT:
Back level, firm with no indication of roll. Stride free, long-reaching in front and straight without high action; hindlegs showing drive. Should not move close behind nor paddle nor plait in front.

COAT:
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 stern white.

SIZE:
Desirable minimum height at withers: 33 cms (13 ins).
Desirable maximum height at withers: 40 cms (16 ins).

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 on the health and welfare of the dog and on the dog’s ability to perform its traditional work.

NOTE:
Male animals should have two apparently normal testicles fully descended into the scrotum. 
Only clinically and functionally healthy dogs with breed typical conformation should be used for breeding.

Bloodhound

Posted in Hound Group

A Breed 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.

(Effective 31.03.2016)
GENERAL APPEARANCE:
Noble and dignified expression, characterised by solemnity, wisdom and power.

CHARACTERISTICS:
Possesses, in a marked degree, every point and characteristic of those dogs which hunt together by scent (Sagaces). Very powerful, standing over more ground than is usual with hounds of other breeds. Skin relatively loose.

TEMPERAMENT:
Affectionate, neither quarrelsome with companions nor with other dogs. Somewhat reserved and sensitive.

HEAD AND SKULL:
Head narrow in proportion to length and long in proportion to body, tapering slightly from temples to muzzle, thus when viewed from above and in front, having appearance of being flattened at sides and of being nearly equal in width throughout entire length. In profile upper outline of skull is nearly in same plane as that of foreface. Length from end of nose to stop not less than that from stop to back of occipital protuberance. Entire length of head from posterior part of occipital protuberance to end of muzzle 30 cms (12 ins) or more in dogs and 28 cms (11 ins) or more in bitches. Skull is long and narrow, with occipital peak pronounced. Brows not prominent. Sufficient stop. Foreface long, deep and of even width throughout, with square outlines when seen in profile. Head furnished with only a small amount of loose skin. Nostrils large and open. In front, lips fall squarely making a right angle with upper line of foreface.

EYES:
Medium size, dark brown or hazel, neither sunken nor prominent, the lids being oval in shape and meeting the cornea - front window of the eye - perfectly without any irregularity in their contour. Eyes should be free from any interference from the eyelashes. Any obvious signs of eye irritation must be heavily penalised. The eyesight of the hound should be unimpeded.

EARS:
Thin and soft to the touch, long, set on low and falling in graceful folds, lower parts curling inwards and backwards.

MOUTH:
Jaws strong with a perfect, regular and complete scissor bite i.e. upper teeth closely overlapping lower teeth and set square to the jaws.

NECK:
Long.

FOREQUARTERS:
Shoulders muscular and well sloped. Forelegs straight, large, round in bone with elbows well set in. Pasterns strong.

BODY:
Ribs well sprung, chest well let down between forelegs forming a deep keel. Back and loins strong, the latter deep and slightly arched.

HINDQUARTERS:
Thighs and second thighs very muscular. Hocks well let down, bent and squarely set.

FEET:
Strong and well knuckled up.

TAIL (Stern):
Long, thick, tapering to a point, set high with moderate amount of hair underneath. Carried scimitar-fashion but not curled over back or corkscrew any time. When moving carried high.

GAIT/MOVEMENT:
Elastic, swinging free.

COAT:
Smooth, short and weatherproof.

COLOUR:
Black and tan, liver and tan (red and tan) and red. Darker colours sometimes interspersed with lighter or badger-coloured hair and sometimes flecked with white. Small amount of white permissible on chest, feet and tip of tail.

SIZE:
Height of adult Dogs: 66 cms (26 ins)
Bitches : 61 cms (24 ins).
Dogs usually vary from 63 - 69 cms (25 - 27 ins)
Bitches from 58 - 63 cms (23 - 25 ins).
Mean average weight of adult Dogs in fair condition 41 kgs (90 lbs)
Bitches 36 kgs (80 lbs).
Dogs attain the weight of 50 kgs (110 lbs)
Bitches 45.5 kgs (100 lbs).
Hounds of the maximum height and weight preferred, providing that quality, proportion and balance combine.

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 on the health and welfare of the dog and on the dogs ability to perform its traditional work.

NOTE:
• Male animals should have two apparently normal testicles fully descended into the scrotum.
• Only clinically and functionally healthy dogs with breed typical conformation should be used for breeding.

 

Bluetick Coonhound

Posted in Hound Group

A Breed 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.

BLUETICK COONHOUND
(Effective 31.03.2016)

GENERAL APPEARANCE:
The Bluetick should have the appearance of a speedy and well-muscled hound. He never appears clumsy or overly chunky in build. He has a neat, compact body, a glossy coat and clear, keen eyes. In motion he carries his head and tail well up.

SIZE, PROPORTION, SUBSTANCE:
Height at withers for adult males, 22 to 27 inches (55.88 – 68.58 cm). For adult females, 21 to 25 inches (53.34 – 63.50 cm). Weight for males 55 to 80 pounds (24.95 – 36.29 kg), females 45 to 65 pounds (20.41 – 29.48 kg).
Proportion (measured from point of shoulder to base of tail and withers to ground) is square or slightly longer than tall. Disqualifications: Males under 22 inches (55.88 cm) or over 27 inches (68.58 cm). Females under 21 inches (53.34 cm) or over 25 (63.50 cm) inches. (Entries in puppy class are not to be disqualified for being undersize.)

HEAD:
The head is broad between the ears with a slightly domed skull. Total length of head from occiput to end of nose is 9 to 10 inches (22.86 – 25.4 cm) in males and 8 to 9 inches (20.32 – 22.86 cm) in females. Stop is prominent.
Muzzle is long, broad and deep, square in profile with flews that well cover the line of the lower jaw. Depth of foreface should be 3 to 4½ inches (7.62 – 11.43 cm).
Eyes-rather large, set wide apart in skull. Round in shape and dark brown in color (never lighter than light brown). Eye rims tight and close fitting. No excess third eyelid should be apparent. Expression is a typical pleading hound expression, never wild or cowering.
Ears-set low and devoid of erectile power. Should be thin with a slight roll, taper well towards a point, and reach well towards the end of the nose when pulled forward. Well attached to head to prevent hanging or backward tilt. Nose-large with well-opened nostrils. Fully pigmented, black in color. Teeth-scissors bite preferred, even bite acceptable. Undershot or overshot are disqualifying faults. Disqualifications: undershot or overshot.

NECK, TOPLINE, BODY:
Neck-muscular and of moderate length, tapering slightly from shoulders to head. Carried well up but not vertical (goose necked). Throat clean with only a slight trace of dewlap.
Body-the body should show considerable depth (extending well down toward the elbow), rather than excessive width, to allow for plenty of lung space. Forechest is moderate, fairly even with the point of the shoulder. Girth of chest for males is 26 to 34 inches (66.04 – 86.36 cm), for females 23 to 30 inches (58.42 – 76.2 cm). Ribs are long and well-sprung, tapering gradually towards a moderate tuck-up. Back is muscular and topline slopes downward slightly from withers to hips. Loin is broad, well-muscled and slightly arched.

FOREQUARTERS:
Legs are straight from elbows to feet, well boned and muscular, with strong, straight, slightly sloping pasterns. Legs should appear straight from either side or front view. Length of leg from elbow to ground is approximately one half the height at the withers. Shoulders are clean and sloping, muscular but not too broad or rough, giving the appearance of freedom of movement and strength.

HINDQUARTERS:
Hips are strong and well-muscled, not quite as wide as ribcage. Thighs have great muscular development for an abundance of propelling power. Breeching full and clean down to hock. Hocks are strong and moderately bent. Dewclaws are removed. Rear legs are parallel from hip to foot when viewed from behind (no cowhocks).

FEET:
Round (cat-like) with well arched toes and thick, tough pads.

TAIL:
Set on slightly below the line of the back, strongly rooted and tapering to a moderate length (in balance to the overall length of the hound). Carried high with a forward half-moon curve. Well coated but without flag.

COAT:
Medium coarse and lying close to the body, appearing smooth and glossy. Not rough or too short.

COLOR:
Preferred color is a dark blue, thickly mottled body, spotted by various shaped black spots on back, ears and sides. Preference is to more blue than black on body. Head and ears predominately black. With or without tan markings (over eyes, on cheeks, chest and below tail) and red ticking on feet and lower legs. A fully blue mottled body is preferred over light ticking on the body. There should be more blue ticking than white in the body coat. No other colors allowed. Disqualifications: Any color other than that described in the standard. Albinism.

GAIT:
Active and vigorous, with topline carried firmly and head and tail well up.

CHARACTERISTICS:
Active, ambitious and speedy on the trail. The Bluetick should be a free tonguer on trail, with a medium bawl or bugle voice when striking and trailing, which may change to a steady chop when running and a steady coarse chop at the tree.

DISQUALIFICATIONS:
Males under 22 inches (55.88 cm) or over 27 inches (68.58 cm). Females under 21 inches (53.34 cm) or over 25 inches (63.5 cm). (Entries in puppy class are not to be disqualified for being undersize.) Any color other than that described in the standard. Undershot or overshot. Albinism.

 

Borzoi - Russian Hunting Sighthound

Posted in Hound Group

A Breed 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.

UTILIZATION : Hunting sighthound, racing and coursing hound.

BRIEF HISTORICAL SUMMARY : The Russkaya Psovaya Borzaya has been an integral part of the national culture and Russian history for 9 centuries. The French Chronicle of the XIth century

shows that three Borzois accompanied the daughter of the Grand Duke of Kiev, Anna Iaroslavna when she arrived in France to become the wife of Henri I. Among the owners and breeders there

were many famous people including Tsars and poets : Ivan the Terrible, Peter the Great, Nicolas II, Pushkin, Turgenev. The creation of the famous kennel « Pershinskaya okhota » by the

illustrious breeders the Grand Duke Nicolai Nicolaevitch and Dimitri Valtsev had great importance. From the end of the XIXth century, the Borzoi is seen in the biggest breeding kennels of Europe and

America.

GENERAL APPEARANCE : Dog of aristocratic appearance, of large size, of lean and at the same time robust constitution, of a very slightly elongated construction. Females are generally longer than

males. Strong bone structure but not massive. The bones are rather flat. Muscles lean, well developed, especially on the thighs, but not showing in relief. Harmony of form and movement is of prime

importance.

IMPORTANT PROPORTIONS :

In males the height at the withers is equal or barely superior to that from the summit of the croup to the ground.
In females these two heights are equal.
The height at the withers must be slightly inferior to the length of the body.
The depth of the chest is approximately equal to half the height at the withers.
The length of the muzzle, from the stop to the tip of the nose, is equal or slightly superior to that of the skull, from the occiput to the stop.
BEHAVIOUR / TEMPERAMENT : In its everyday life the Borzoi has a quiet and balanced character. At the sight of game it gets suddenly excited. It has a piercing sight, capable of seeing very far.

Its reaction is impetuous.

HEAD : Viewed from above as well as from the side, lean, long, narrow, aristocratic. Seen in profile, the lines of the skull and muzzle form a long, slightly convex line, the line of the sagittal crest

being straight or slightly oblique towards the well marked occipital protuberance. The head is so elegant and lean that the principal veins show through the skin.

CRANIAL REGION :

Skull : Narrow; seen from above : elongated into an oval shape; seen in profile, almost flat.

Stop : Only very slightly marked.

FACIAL REGION :

Nose : Large, mobile, considerably prominent in relation to the lower jaw.

Top of muzzle : Long, filled out in all its length, slightly arched near the nose.

Muzzle : The length of the muzzle from the stop to the tip of the nose is equal or slightly superior to that of the skull, from the occiput to the stop.

Lips : Fine, clean, well fitting. The eye-rims, the lips and the nose are

black whatever the colour of the coat.

Jaws/Teeth : Strong underjaw. Teeth white, strong; scissor bite or pincer bite.

Eyes : Large, very slightly prominent, expressive, dark hazel or dark brown, almond-shaped, but not slit-eyed, set obliquely.

Ears : Small, thin, mobile, set on above the eye level and backwards, pointing almost towards the nape of the neck when not alert. The tips of the ears are situated near each other or directed downwards along the neck and close to it. When the dog is alert, the ears are carried higher and on the sides or forward; sometimes one or both ears are erect like horse ears.

NECK : Long, clean, flattened laterally, muscled, slightly arched, never carried high.

BODY :

Withers : Not marked.

Back : Broad, muscled, elastic, forming with the loin and croup a curve which is more pronounced in the males. The highest point of this curve is situated ahead of the middle of the loin or in the

region of the 1st or 2nd lumbar vertebra.

Loin : Long, prominent, muscled, moderately broad.

Croup : Long, broad, slightly sloping. The width of the croup measured between the two hip bones (iliac crests) must not be less than 8 cm.

Chest : Of oval cross-section, not narrow, yet not wider than the croup, deep, well developed in length, spacious, reaching down almost to elbow level. The region of the shoulder blades being

flatter, the chest gets gradually wider towards the false ribs, which are short; seen in profile, it forms a change in slope. The ribs are long, slightly prominent. The forechest is slightly prominent in

relation to the scapular-humeral articulation.

Belly : Well tucked up, the underline rises abruptly towards the abdomen.

TAIL : In shape of sickle or sabre, low set, thin, long. Passed between the hindlegs, it must reach up to the hip bone (iliac crest), furnished with abundant feathering. When the dog is standing

naturally, the tail hangs downwards. In action, it is raised, but not above the level of the back.

LIMBS

FOREQUARTERS :

General appearance : Forelegs clean, muscled, seen from the front perfectly straight and parallel. The height of the forelegs from the elbow to the ground is equal or a little superior to half the height at

the withers.

Shoulders : Shoulder blades are long and oblique.

Upper arm : Moderately oblique; its length is barely superior to the length of the shoulder blade. Angle of the scapular-humeral

articulation well pronounced.

Elbows : In parallel planes to the median plane of the body.

Forearm : Clean, long, of oval cross-section; seen from the front, narrow, seen in profile, broad.

Metacarpus (pastern) : Slightly oblique in relation to the ground.

HINDQUARTERS :

General appearance : Seen from behind : straight, parallel, set slightly wider than the forequarters. When the dog is standing naturallly, the vertical line dropping from the ischiatic tuberosity

(point of buttocks) must pass in front of the centre of the hock joint and of the metatarsals.

Upper thigh : Well muscled, long, placed obliquely.

Lower thigh : Long, muscled, placed obliquely. The femoro-tibial and the tibio-tarsal articulations well developed, broad, clean; the angles must be well marked.

Metatarsus (rear pastern) : Not long, placed almost vertically.

All the articulations are well angulated.

FEET : Lean, narrow, of elongated oval shape (called « harefeet »); toes arched, tight; nails long, strong, touching the ground.

GAIT / MOVEMENT : When not hunting, the typical gait of the Borzoi is the extended trot, effortless, very supple and lifting; when hunting the charging gallop is extremely fast, with leaps of great length.

SKIN : Supple, elastic.

COAT

HAIR : Silky, soft and supple, wavy or forming short curls, but never small tight curls. On the head, the ears and the limbs, the hair is satiny (silky but heavier), short, close lying. On the body, the

hair is quite long, wavy; on the regions of the shoulder blades and the croup, the hair forms finer curls; on the ribs and thighs, the hair is shorter; the hair which forms the fringes, the « breeches » and the feathering of the tail is longer. The coat on the neck is dense and abundant.

COLOUR : All colour combinations, but never with blue, brown

(chocolate) and any derivatives of these colours.

All the colours may be solid or pied. The fringes, « breeches »,

featherings of the tail are considerably lighter than the ground colour.

For the overlaid colours a black mask is typical.

SIZE:

Desirable height at the withers : dogs : 75 - 85 cm,

bitches : 68 - 78 cm.

In males, the height at the withers is equal or barely superior to that from the summit of the croup to the ground. In females, these heights are equal. Subjects exceeding the maximum height are

acceptable provided the typical morphology is preserved.

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, especially:

Teeth :

Small, abnormally worn teeth. Absence of one PM2.
PM1s and M3s are not taken into account.
Colour :

Flecks of the same shade as the ground colour.
SEVERE FAULTS :

General appearance :

Stocky appearance ; short trunk.
Heavy, round bone.
Head :

Soft tissues.
Blunt muzzle.
Very pronounced stop.
Very pronounced zygomatic arches.
Occiput not pronounced.
Teeth :

Lack of one PM3, one PM4 (lower jaw), one M1 (upper jaw), one M2.
Eyes :

Deep set; yellow or light; slit eyes (too narrow palpebral aperture); showing haw.
Ears :

Thick, coarse, with rounded tips.
Neck :

Presence of dewlap.
Back :

Sagging; straight back in males.
Croup :

Goose rump.
Belly :

Pendulous, insufficiently tucked up.
Tail :

Coarse; in action, falling downwards.
Forequarters :

Scapular-humeral angle too open (straight shoulder)
In or out at elbows.
Forearm : Of round cross-section. Any deviation of the forearm.
Knuckling over.
Weak in pasterns.
Hindquarters :

Over angulated or too straight angulation.
Close behind or spread hocks.
Feet :

Tendency to broad, round, thick feet; cat feet, flat feet; spread toes.
Coat :

Colour : Flecks on the body of another shade than the ground
colour.

DISQUALIFYING FAULTS :

Aggressive or overly shy.
Any dog clearly showing physical or behavioural abnormalities shall be disqualified.
Teeth :

Overshot or undershot mouth.
Wry mouth.
Lack of one incisor, one canine, one carnassial tooth (PM4-upper jaw – M1-lower jaw), lack of more than 4 teeth (any four teeth).· Faulty position of one or both canines of the lower jaw which,
when the mouth is shut, can damage the upper gums or the palate.

Eye :

Wall eye.
Tail :

Corkscrew tail, broken tail (fused vertebrae), docked, even partially.
Hindquarters :

Presence of dewclaws.
Colour :

Brown (chocolate), Blue.
N.B.:

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.

Coarse-haired Styrian Hound

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A Breed 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.

(Steirische Rauhaarbracke)
(Effective 31.03.2016)

UTILIZATION:
The breed's work does not only consist in hunting with giving tongue but very often in purely tracking wounded game in difficult mountain territory.

BRIEF HISTORICAL SUMMARY:
Carl Peintinger, industrialist in Styria, began breeding in 1870 by crossing the Hanoverian Scent Hound bitch "Hela 1" with a coarse-haired male Istrian Hound, which excelled in hunting qualities and appearance. The best puppies from this litter were reared and selective breeding from them was continued. Their rough coats made the dogs resistant to the inclemencies of the weather.

GENERAL APPEARANCE:
Medium size, strong muscles. Expression serious but not vicious.

BEHAVIOUR / TEMPERAMENT:
A passionate, tough hunting dog which unceasingly giving tongue; a firm and determined tracker.

HEAD
CRANIAL REGION:
Skull: Slightly rounded. Occiput well developed.
Stop: Clear.

FACIAL REGION:
Nose: Black.
Muzzle: Strong and straight.
Lips: Not pendant.
Jaws/Teeth: Strong scissor bite. A complete set with 42 teeth is sought after; the absence of totally two PM1 or PM2 (premolar 1 or 2) is tolerated; the M3 (molar 3) are not taken into account.
Eyes: With brown iris.
Leathers: Not too large, lying flat, covered with fine hair.

NECK:
Strong, not too long.

BODY:
Back: Straight and broad.
Loins: Moderately tucked up.
Croup: Falling away obliquely.
Chest: Deep and broad.

TAIL:
Medium length, strong at root, well coated, never curled but carried upwards in slight sickle shape. Brush, with no plume, on underside.

LIMBS
FOREQUARTERS:
General appearance: Legs straight in position, muscular with good angulation.
Shoulders: Well laid back.

HINDQUARTERS:
General appearance: Muscular, strong, well angulated. Straight position when seen from rear.

FEET:
Not too large. Toes well arched, close together. Pads hard, not too large.

MOVEMENT:
Ground covering, elastic.

COAT
HAIR:
Rough coat, not shaggy, without gloss, harsh and coarse. Coat on head is shorter than on body, forms a moustache.

COLOUR:
Red and fawn. White mark on chest permitted.

HEIGHT:
Height at withers: 45-53 cm
Dogs 47-53 cm
Bitches 45-51 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.
• Head too fine.
• Leathers folded or too pointed.
• Tail too short, too thin or curled too much upwards, forming a plume.
• Weak legs.
• Coat too long, thin, curly or soft.
• Shy in temperament.

DISQUALIFYING FAULTS:
• Aggressive or overly shy dogs.
• Any dog clearly showing physical or behavioural abnormalities shall be disqualified.
• Under or overshot mouth; more than two premolars (PM1 or PM2) missing.
• Any colour other than mentioned in the standard.

N.B.:
• 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.

Dachshund (Long-haired)

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A Breed 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.

(Effective 31.03.2016)

GENERAL APPEARANCE :

Moderately long and low with no exaggeration; compact, well-muscled body, with enough ground clearance to allow free movement. Height at the withers should be half the length of the body, measured from breastbone to rear thigh. Bold, defiant carriage of head and intelligent expression.

CHARACTERISTICS :

Intelligent, lively, courageous to the point of rashness, obedient. Especially suited to going to ground because of low build, very strong forequarters and forelegs. Long, strong jaw, and immense power of bite and hold. Excellent nose, persevering hunter and tracker. Essential that functional build is retained to ensure working ability.

TEMPERAMENT:

Faithful, versatile and good tempered.

HEAD AND SKULL:

Long, appearing conical when seen from above; from side tapering uniformly to tip of nose. Skull only slightly arched. Neither too broad nor too narrow, sloping gradually without prominent stop into slightly arched muzzle. Length from tip of nose to eyes equal to length from eyes to occiput. In Wire Haired, particularly, ridges over eyes strongly prominent, giving appearance of slightly broader skull. Lips well stretched, neatly covering lower jaw. Strong jaw bones, not too square or snipey, but opening wide.

EYES:

Medium size, almond shaped, set obliquely. Dark except in chocolates where they can be lighter. In dapples one or both ‘wall’ eyes permissible.

EARS:

Set high and not too far forward. Broad, of moderate length and well rounded (not pointed or folded). Forward edge touching cheek. Mobile, and when at attention, back of ear directed forward and outward.

MOUTH:

Teeth strongly developed, powerful canine teeth fitting closely. Jaws strong, with a perfect, regular and complete scissor bite i.e. upper teeth closely overlapping lower teeth and set square to the jaws. Complete dentition important.

NECK:

Long, muscular, clean with no dewlap, slightly arched, running in graceful lines into shoulders, carried proudly forward.

FOREQUARTERS:

Shoulder blades long, broad and placed firmly and obliquely (45 degrees to the horizontal) upon very robust rib cage. Upper arm the same length as shoulder blade, set at 90 degrees to it, very strong and covered with hard, supple muscles. Upper arm lies close to ribs but able to move freely. Forearm short and strong in bone, inclining slightly inwards; when seen in profile moderately straight, must not bend forward or knuckle over, which indicates unsoundness. Correctly placed foreleg should cover the lowest point of the keel.

BODY:

Moderately long and full muscled. Sloping shoulders, back reasonably level, blending harmoniously between withers and slightly arched loin. Loin short and strong. Breast bone strong and so prominent that a depression appears on either side of it in front. When viewed from front, thorax full and oval; when viewed from side or above, full volumed so allowing, by its ample capacity, complete development of heart and lungs. Well ribbed up, underline gradually merging into line of abdomen. Body sufficiently clear of ground to allow free movement.

HINDQUARTERS:

Rump full, broad and strong, pliant muscles. Croup long, full, robustly muscled, only slightly sloping towards tail. Pelvis strong, set obliquely and not too short. Upper thigh set at right angles to pelvis, strong and of good length. Lower thigh short, set at right angles to upper thigh and well-muscled. Legs when seen behind set well apart, straight and parallel.

FEET:

Front feet full, broad, deep, close knit, straight or very slightly turned out. Hind feet smaller and narrower. Toes close together with a decided arch to each toe, strong regularly placed nails, thick and firm pads. Dogs must stand true i.e. equally on all parts of the foot.

TAIL:

Continues line of spine, but slightly curved, without kinks or twists, not carried too high or touching ground when at rest.

GAIT/MOVEMENT:

Should be free and flowing. Stride should be long with the drive coming from the hindquarters when viewed from the side. Viewed from in front or behind, the legs and feet should move parallel to each other with the distance apart being the width of the shoulder and hip joints respectively.

COAT:

Long Haired: Soft and straight, or only slightly waved; longest under neck, on underparts of body, and behind legs, where it forms abundant feathering, on tail where it forms a flag. Outside of ears well feathered. Coat flat, and not obscuring outline. Too much hair on feet undesirable.

COLOUR:

All colours permitted but no white permissible, save for a small patch on chest which is permitted but not desirable. The dapple pattern is expressed as lighter coloured areas contrasting with the darker base. Neither the light nor the dark colour should predominate. Double dapple (where varying amounts of white occur all over the body in addition to the dapple pattern) is unacceptable. Pied, tricolour and the dilute colours Isabella and blue are highly undesirable. Nose and nails black in all colours except chocolate/tan and chocolate dapple where they are brown.

SIZE:

Ideal weight: 9 - 12 kgs (20 - 26 lbs).

Miniature ideal weight; 4.5 kgs (10 lbs). Desired maximum weight 5 kgs (11 lbs). Exhibits which appear thin and undernourished should be severely penalised.

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 on the health and welfare of the dog and on the dog’s ability to perform its traditional work.

NOTE:

Male animals should have two apparently normal testicles fully descended into the scrotum.

Only clinically and functionally healthy dogs with breed typical conformation should be used for breeding.

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Dachshund (Miniature Long-haired)

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A Breed 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.

(Effective 31.03.2016)

GENERAL APPEARANCE:

Moderately long and low with no exaggeration; compact, well-muscled body, with enough ground clearance to allow free movement. Height at the withers should be half the length of the body, measured from breastbone to rear thigh. Bold, defiant carriage of head and intelligent expression.

CHARACTERISTICS:

Intelligent, lively, courageous to the point of rashness, obedient. Especially suited to going to ground because of low build, very strong forequarters and forelegs. Long, strong jaw, and immense power of bite and hold. Excellent nose, persevering hunter and tracker. Essential that functional build is retained to ensure working ability.

TEMPERAMENT:

Faithful, versatile and good tempered.

HEAD AND SKULL:

Long, appearing conical when seen from above; from side tapering uniformly to tip of nose. Skull only slightly arched. Neither too broad nor too narrow, sloping gradually without prominent stop into slightly arched muzzle. Length from tip of nose to eyes equal to length from eyes to occiput. In Wire Haired, particularly, ridges over eyes strongly prominent, giving appearance of slightly broader skull. Lips well stretched, neatly covering lower jaw. Strong jaw bones, not too square or snipey, but opening wide.

EYES:

Medium size, almond shaped, set obliquely. Dark except in chocolates where they can be lighter. In dapples one or both ‘wall’ eyes permissible.

EARS:

Set high and not too far forward. Broad, of moderate length and well rounded (not pointed or folded). Forward edge touching cheek. Mobile, and when at attention, back of ear directed forward and outward.

MOUTH:

Teeth strongly developed, powerful canine teeth fitting closely. Jaws strong, with a perfect, regular and complete scissor bite i.e. upper teeth closely overlapping lower teeth and set square to the jaws. Complete dentition important.

NECK:

Long, muscular, clean with no dewlap, slightly arched, running in graceful lines into shoulders, carried proudly forward.

FOREQUARTERS:

Shoulder blades long, broad and placed firmly and obliquely (45 degrees to the horizontal) upon very robust rib cage. Upper arm the same length as shoulder blade, set at 90 degrees to it, very strong and covered with hard, supple muscles. Upper arm lies close to ribs but able to move freely. Forearm short and strong in bone, inclining slightly inwards; when seen in profile moderately straight, must not bend forward or knuckle over, which indicates unsoundness. Correctly placed foreleg should cover the lowest point of the keel.

BODY:

Moderately long and full muscled. Sloping shoulders, back reasonably level, blending harmoniously between withers and slightly arched loin. Loin short and strong. Breast bone strong and so prominent that a depression appears on either side of it in front. When viewed from front, thorax full and oval; when viewed from side or above, full volumed so allowing, by its ample capacity, complete development of heart and lungs. Well ribbed up, underline gradually merging into line of abdomen. Body sufficiently clear of ground to allow free movement.

HINDQUARTERS:

Rump full, broad and strong, pliant muscles. Croup long, full, robustly muscled, only slightly sloping towards tail. Pelvis strong, set obliquely and not too short. Upper thigh set at right angles to pelvis, strong and of good length. Lower thigh short, set at right angles to upper thigh and well-muscled. Legs when seen behind set well apart, straight and parallel.

FEET:

Front feet full, broad, deep, close knit, straight or very slightly turned out. Hind feet smaller and narrower. Toes close together with a decided arch to each toe, strong regularly placed nails, thick and firm pads. Dogs must stand true i.e. equally on all parts of the foot.

TAIL:

Continues line of spine, but slightly curved, without kinks or twists, not carried too high or touching ground when at rest.

GAIT/MOVEMENT:

Should be free and flowing. Stride should be long with the drive coming from the hindquarters when viewed from the side. Viewed from in front or behind, the legs and feet should move parallel to each other with the distance apart being the width of the shoulder and hip joints respectively.

COAT:

Long-Haired: Soft and straight, or only slightly waved; longest under neck, on underparts of body and behind legs, where it forms abundant feathering, on tail where it forms a flag. Outside of ears well feathered. Coat flat, and not obscuring outline. Too much hair on feet undesirable.

COLOUR:

All colours permitted but no white permissible, save for a small patch on chest which is permitted but not desirable. The dapple pattern is expressed as lighter coloured areas contrasting with the darker base. Neither the light nor the dark colour should predominate. Double dapple (where varying amounts of white occur all over the body in addition to the dapple pattern) is unacceptable. Pied, tricolour and the dilute colours Isabella and blue are highly undesirable. Nose and nails black in all colours except chocolate/tan and chocolate dapple where they are brown.

SIZE:

Ideal weight: 9 - 12 kgs (20 - 26 lbs).

Miniature ideal weight: 4.5 kgs (10 lbs). Desired maximum weight 5 kgs (11 lbs). Exhibits which appear thin and undernourished should be severely penalised.

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 on the health and welfare of the dog and on the dog’s ability to performs its traditional work.

NOTE:

Male animals should have two apparently normal testicles fully descended into the scrotum.

Only clinically and functionally healthy dogs with breed typical conformation should be used for breeding.

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Dachshund (Miniature Smooth-haired)

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  A Breed 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.

(Effective 31.03.2016)

GENERAL APPEARANCE:

Moderately long and low with no exaggeration; compact, well-muscled body, with enough ground clearance to allow free movement. Height at the withers should be half the length of the body, measured from breastbone to rear thigh. Bold, defiant carriage of head and intelligent expression.

CHARACTERISTICS:
Intelligent, lively, courageous to the point of rashness, obedient. Especially suited to going to ground because of low build, very strong forequarters and forelegs. Long, strong jaw, and immense power of bite and hold. Excellent nose, persevering hunter and tracker. Essential that functional build is retained to ensure working ability.

TEMPERAMENT:
Faithful, versatile and good tempered.

HEAD AND SKULL:
Long, appearing conical when seen from above; from side tapering uniformly to tip of nose. Skull only slightly arched. Neither too broad nor too narrow, sloping gradually without prominent stop into slightly arched muzzle. Length from tip of nose to eyes equal to length from eyes to occiput. In Wire Haired, particularly, ridges over eyes strongly prominent, giving appearance of slightly broader skull. Lips well stretched, neatly covering lower jaw. Strong jaw bones, not too square or snipey, but opening wide.

EYES:
Medium size, almond shaped, set obliquely. Dark except in chocolates where they can be lighter. In dapples one or both ‘wall’ eyes permissible.

EARS:
Set high and not too far forward. Broad, of moderate length and well rounded (not pointed or folded). Forward edge touching cheek. Mobile, and when at attention, back of ear directed forward and outward.

MOUTH:
Teeth strongly developed, powerful canine teeth fitting closely. Jaws strong, with a perfect, regular and complete scissor bite i.e. upper teeth closely overlapping lower teeth and set square to the jaws. Complete dentition important.

NECK:
Long, muscular, clean with no dewlap, slightly arched, running in graceful lines into shoulders, carried proudly forward.

FOREQUARTERS:
Shoulder blades long, broad and placed firmly and obliquely (45 degrees to the horizontal) upon very robust rib cage. Upper arm the same length as shoulder blade, set at 90 degrees to it, very strong and covered with hard, supple muscles. Upper arm lies close to ribs but able to move freely. Forearm short and strong in bone, inclining slightly inwards; when seen in profile moderately straight, must not bend forward or knuckle over, which indicates unsoundness. Correctly placed foreleg should cover the lowest point of the keel.

BODY:
Moderately long and full muscled. Sloping shoulders, back reasonably level, blending harmoniously between withers and slightly arched loin. Loin short and strong. Breast bone strong and so prominent that a depression appears on either side of it in front. When viewed from front, thorax full and oval; when viewed from side or above, full volumed so allowing, by its ample capacity, complete development of heart and lungs. Well ribbed up, underline gradually merging into line of abdomen. Body sufficiently clear of ground to allow free movement.

HINDQUARTERS:
Rump full, broad and strong, pliant muscles. Croup long, full, robustly muscled, only slightly sloping towards tail. Pelvis strong, set obliquely and not too short. Upper thigh set at right angles to pelvis, strong and of good length. Lower thigh short, set at right angles to upper thigh and well-muscled. Legs when seen behind set well apart, straight and parallel.

FEET:
Front feet full, broad, deep, close knit, straight or very slightly turned out. Hind feet smaller and narrower. Toes close together with a decided arch to each toe, strong regularly placed nails, thick and firm pads. Dogs must stand true i.e. equally on all parts of the foot.

TAIL:
Continues line of spine, but slightly curved, without kinks or twists, not carried too high or touching ground when at rest.

GAIT/MOVEMENT:
Should be free and flowing. Stride should be long with the drive coming from the hindquarters when viewed from the side. Viewed from in front or behind, the legs and feet should move parallel to each other with the distance apart being the width of the shoulder and hip joints respectively.

COAT:
Smooth Haired: Dense, short and smooth. Hair on underside of tail coarse in texture. Skin loose and supple but fitting closely all over without dewlap and little or no wrinkle.

COLOUR:
All colours permitted but no white permissible, save for a small patch on chest which is permitted but not desirable. The dapple pattern is expressed as lighter coloured areas contrasting with the darker base. Neither the light nor the dark colour should predominate. Double dapple (where varying amounts of white occur all over the body in addition to the dapple pattern) is unacceptable. Pied, tricolour and the dilute colours Isabella and blue are highly undesirable. Nose and nails black in all colours except chocolate/tan and chocolate dapple where they are brown.

SIZE:
Ideal weight: 9 - 12 kgs (20 - 26 lbs).

Miniature ideal weight: 4.5 kgs (10 lbs). Desired maximum weight 5 kgs (11 lbs). Exhibits which appear thin and undernourished should be severely penalised.

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 on the health and welfare of the dog and on the dog’s ability to performs its traditional work.

NOTE:
Male animals should have two apparently normal testicles fully descended into the scrotum.

Only clinically and functionally healthy dogs with breed typical conformation should be used for breeding.

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Dachshund (Miniature Wire-haired)

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A Breed 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.

(Effective 31.03.2016) 

GENERAL APPEARANCE :

Moderately long and low with no exaggeration; compact, well-muscled body, with enough ground clearance to allow free movement. Height at the withers should be half the length of the body, measured from breastbone to rear thigh. Bold, defiant carriage of head and intelligent expression.

CHARACTERISTICS :
Intelligent, lively, courageous to the point of rashness, obedient. Especially suited to going to ground because of low build, very strong forequarters and forelegs. Long, strong jaw, and immense power of bite and hold. Excellent nose, persevering hunter and tracker. Essential that functional build is retained to ensure working ability.

TEMPERAMENT:
Faithful, versatile and good tempered.

HEAD AND SKULL:
Long, appearing conical when seen from above; from side tapering uniformly to tip of nose. Skull only slightly arched. Neither too broad nor too narrow, sloping gradually without prominent stop into slightly arched muzzle. Length from tip of nose to eyes equal to length from eyes to occiput. In Wire Haired, particularly, ridges over eyes strongly prominent, giving appearance of slightly broader skull. Lips well stretched, neatly covering lower jaw. Strong jaw bones, not too square or snipey, but opening wide.

EYES:
Medium size, almond shaped, set obliquely. Dark except in chocolates where they can be lighter. In dapples one or both ‘wall’ eyes permissible.

EARS:
Set high and not too far forward. Broad, of moderate length and well rounded (not pointed or folded). Forward edge touching cheek. Mobile, and when at attention, back of ear directed forward and outward.

MOUTH:
Teeth strongly developed, powerful canine teeth fitting closely. Jaws strong, with a perfect, regular and complete scissor bite i.e. upper teeth closely overlapping lower teeth and set square to the jaws. Complete dentition important.

NECK:
Long, muscular, clean with no dewlap, slightly arched, running in graceful lines into shoulders, carried proudly forward.

FOREQUARTERS:
Shoulder blades long, broad and placed firmly and obliquely (45 degrees to the horizontal) upon very robust rib cage. Upper arm the same length as shoulder blade, set at 90 degrees to it, very strong and covered with hard, supple muscles. Upper arm lies close to ribs but able to move freely. Forearm short and strong in bone, inclining slightly inwards; when seen in profile moderately straight, must not bend forward or knuckle over, which indicates unsoundness. Correctly placed foreleg should cover the lowest point of the keel.

BODY:
Moderately long and full muscled. Sloping shoulders, back reasonably level, blending harmoniously between withers and slightly arched loin. Loin short and strong. Breast bone strong and so prominent that a depression appears on either side of it in front. When viewed from front, thorax full and oval; when viewed from side or above, full volumed so allowing, by its ample capacity, complete development of heart and lungs. Well ribbed up, underline gradually merging into line of abdomen. Body sufficiently clear of ground to allow free movement.

HINDQUARTERS:
Rump full, broad and strong, pliant muscles. Croup long, full, robustly muscled, only slightly sloping towards tail. Pelvis strong, set obliquely and not too short. Upper thigh set at right angles to pelvis, strong and of good length. Lower thigh short, set at right angles to upper thigh and well-muscled. Legs when seen behind set well apart, straight and parallel.

FEET:
Front feet full, broad, deep, close knit, straight or very slightly turned out. Hind feet smaller and narrower. Toes close together with a decided arch to each toe, strong regularly placed nails, thick and firm pads. Dogs must stand true i.e. equally on all parts of the foot.

TAIL:
Continues line of spine, but slightly curved, without kinks or twists, not carried too high or touching ground when at rest.

GAIT/MOVEMENT:
Should be free and flowing. Stride should be long with the drive coming from the hindquarters when viewed from the side. Viewed from in front or behind, the legs and feet should move parallel to each other with the distance apart being the width of the shoulder and hip joints respectively.

COAT:
Wire-Haired: With exception of jaw, eyebrows, chin and ears, the whole body should be covered with a short, straight, harsh coat with dense undercoat, beard on the chin, eyebrows bushy, but hair on ears almost smooth. Legs and feet well but neatly furnished with harsh coat.

COLOUR:
All colours permitted but no white permissible, save for a small patch on chest which is permitted but not desirable. The dapple pattern is expressed as lighter coloured areas contrasting with the darker base. Neither the light nor the dark colour should predominate. Double dapple (where varying amounts of white occur all over the body in addition to the dapple pattern) is unacceptable. Pied, tricolour and the dilute colours Isabella and blue are highly undesirable. Nose and nails black in all colours except chocolate/tan and chocolate dapple where they are brown.

SIZE:
Ideal weight: 9 - 12 kgs (20 - 26 lbs).

Miniatures
Ideal weight: 4.5 kgs (10 lbs). Desired maximum weight 5 kgs (11 lbs). Exhibits which appear thin and undernourished should be severely penalised.

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 on the health and welfare of the dog and on the dog’s ability to performs its traditional work.

NOTE:
Male animals should have two apparently normal testicles fully descended into the scrotum.

Only clinically and functionally healthy dogs with breed typical conformation should be used for breeding.

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Dachshund (Smooth-haired)

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A Breed 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.

(Effective 31.03.2016)

GENERAL APPEARANCE :

Moderately long and low with no exaggeration; compact, well-muscled body, with enough ground clearance to allow free movement. Height at the withers should be half the length of the body, measured from breastbone to rear thigh. Bold, defiant carriage of head and intelligent expression.

CHARACTERISTICS :
Intelligent, lively, courageous to the point of rashness, obedient. Especially suited to going to ground because of low build, very strong forequarters and forelegs. Long, strong jaw, and immense power of bite and hold. Excellent nose, persevering hunter and tracker. Essential that functional build is retained to ensure working ability.

TEMPERAMENT:
Faithful, versatile and good tempered.

HEAD AND SKULL:
Long, appearing conical when seen from above; from side tapering uniformly to tip of nose. Skull only slightly arched. Neither too broad nor too narrow, sloping gradually without prominent stop into slightly arched muzzle. Length from tip of nose to eyes equal to length from eyes to occiput. In Wire Haired, particularly, ridges over eyes strongly prominent, giving appearance of slightly broader skull. Lips well stretched, neatly covering lower jaw. Strong jaw bones, not too square or snipey, but opening wide.

EYES:
Medium size, almond shaped, set obliquely. Dark except in chocolates where they can be lighter. In dapples one or both ‘wall’ eyes permissible.

EARS:
Set high and not too far forward. Broad, of moderate length and well rounded (not pointed or folded). Forward edge touching cheek. Mobile, and when at attention, back of ear directed forward and outward.

MOUTH:
Teeth strongly developed, powerful canine teeth fitting closely. Jaws strong, with a perfect, regular and complete scissor bite i.e. upper teeth closely overlapping lower teeth and set square to the jaws. Complete dentition important.

NECK:
Long, muscular, clean with no dewlap, slightly arched, running in graceful lines into shoulders, carried proudly forward.

FOREQUARTERS:
Shoulder blades long, broad and placed firmly and obliquely (45 degrees to the horizontal) upon very robust rib cage. Upper arm the same length as shoulder blade, set at 90 degrees to it, very strong and covered with hard, supple muscles. Upper arm lies close to ribs but able to move freely. Forearm short and strong in bone, inclining slightly inwards; when seen in profile moderately straight, must not bend forward or knuckle over, which indicates unsoundness. Correctly placed foreleg should cover the lowest point of the keel.

BODY:
Moderately long and full muscled. Sloping shoulders, back reasonably level, blending harmoniously between withers and slightly arched loin. Loin short and strong. Breast bone strong and so prominent that a depression appears on either side of it in front. When viewed from front, thorax full and oval; when viewed from side or above, full volumed so allowing, by its ample capacity, complete development of heart and lungs. Well ribbed up, underline gradually merging into line of abdomen. Body sufficiently clear of ground to allow free movement.

HINDQUARTERS:
Rump full, broad and strong, pliant muscles. Croup long, full, robustly muscled, only slightly sloping towards tail. Pelvis strong, set obliquely and not too short. Upper thigh set at right angles to pelvis, strong and of good length. Lower thigh short, set at right angles to upper thigh and well-muscled. Legs when seen behind set well apart, straight and parallel.

FEET:
Front feet full, broad, deep, close knit, straight or very slightly turned out. Hind feet smaller and narrower. Toes close together with a decided arch to each toe, strong regularly placed nails, thick and firm pads. Dogs must stand true i.e. equally on all parts of the foot.

TAIL:
Continues line of spine, but slightly curved, without kinks or twists, not carried too high or touching ground when at rest.

GAIT/MOVEMENT:
Should be free and flowing. Stride should be long with the drive coming from the hindquarters when viewed from the side. Viewed from in front or behind, the legs and feet should move parallel to each other with the distance apart being the width of the shoulder and hip joints respectively.

COAT:
Smooth-Haired: Dense, short and smooth. Hair on underside of tail coarse in texture. Skin loose and supple but fitting closely all over without dewlap and little or no wrinkle.

COLOUR:
All colours permitted but no white permissible, save for a small patch on chest which is permitted but not desirable. The dapple pattern is expressed as lighter coloured areas contrasting with the darker base. Neither the light nor the dark colour should predominate. Double dapple (where varying amounts of white occur all over the body in addition to the dapple pattern) is unacceptable. Pied, tricolour and the dilute colours Isabella and blue are highly undesirable. Nose and nails black in all colours except chocolate/tan and chocolate dapple where they are brown.

SIZE:
Ideal weight: 9 - 12 kgs (20 - 26 lbs).

Miniature ideal weight: 4.5 kgs (10 lbs). Desired maximum weight 5 kgs (11 lbs). Exhibits which appear thin and undernourished should be severely penalised.

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 on the health and welfare of the dog and on the dog’s ability to performs its traditional work.

NOTE:
Male animals should have two apparently normal testicles fully descended into the scrotum.

Only clinically and functionally healthy dogs with breed typical conformation should be used for breeding.

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Dachshund (Wire-haired)

Posted in Hound Group

 

A Breed 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.

(Effective 31.03.2016)

GENERAL APPEARANCE

Moderately long and low with no exaggeration; compact, well-muscled body, with enough ground clearance to allow free movement. Height at the withers should be half the length of the body, measured from breastbone to rear thigh. Bold, defiant carriage of head and intelligent expression.

CHARACTERISTICS :
Intelligent, lively, courageous to the point of rashness, obedient. Especially suited to going to ground because of low build, very strong forequarters and forelegs. Long, strong jaw, and immense power of bite and hold. Excellent nose, persevering hunter and tracker. Essential that functional build is retained to ensure working ability.

TEMPERAMENT:
Faithful, versatile and good tempered.

HEAD AND SKULL:
Long, appearing conical when seen from above; from side tapering uniformly to tip of nose. Skull only slightly arched. Neither too broad nor too narrow, sloping gradually without prominent stop into slightly arched muzzle. Length from tip of nose to eyes equal to length from eyes to occiput. In Wire Haired, particularly, ridges over eyes strongly prominent, giving appearance of slightly broader skull. Lips well stretched, neatly covering lower jaw. Strong jaw bones, not too square or snipey, but opening wide.

EYES:
Medium size, almond shaped, set obliquely. Dark except in chocolates where they can be lighter. In dapples one or both ‘wall’ eyes permissible.

EARS:
Set high and not too far forward. Broad, of moderate length and well rounded (not pointed or folded). Forward edge touching cheek. Mobile, and when at attention, back of ear directed forward and outward.

MOUTH:
Teeth strongly developed, powerful canine teeth fitting closely. Jaws strong, with a perfect, regular and complete scissor bite i.e. upper teeth closely overlapping lower teeth and set square to the jaws. Complete dentition important.

NECK:
Long, muscular, clean with no dewlap, slightly arched, running in graceful lines into shoulders, carried proudly forward.

FOREQUARTERS:
Shoulder blades long, broad and placed firmly and obliquely (45 degrees to the horizontal) upon very robust rib cage. Upper arm the same length as shoulder blade, set at 90 degrees to it, very strong and covered with hard, supple muscles. Upper arm lies close to ribs but able to move freely. Forearm short and strong in bone, inclining slightly inwards; when seen in profile moderately straight, must not bend forward or knuckle over, which indicates unsoundness. Correctly placed foreleg should cover the lowest point of the keel.

BODY:
Moderately long and full muscled. Sloping shoulders, back reasonably level, blending harmoniously between withers and slightly arched loin. Loin short and strong. Breast bone strong and so prominent that a depression appears on either side of it in front. When viewed from front, thorax full and oval; when viewed from side or above, full volumed so allowing, by its ample capacity, complete development of heart and lungs. Well ribbed up, underline gradually merging into line of abdomen. Body sufficiently clear of ground to allow free movement.

HINDQUARTERS:
Rump full, broad and strong, pliant muscles. Croup long, full, robustly muscled, only slightly sloping towards tail. Pelvis strong, set obliquely and not too short. Upper thigh set at right angles to pelvis, strong and of good length. Lower thigh short, set at right angles to upper thigh and well-muscled. Legs when seen behind set well apart, straight and parallel.

FEET:
Front feet full, broad, deep, close knit, straight or very slightly turned out. Hind feet smaller and narrower. Toes close together with a decided arch to each toe, strong regularly placed nails, thick and firm pads. Dogs must stand true i.e. equally on all parts of the foot.

TAIL:
Continues line of spine, but slightly curved, without kinks or twists, not carried too high or touching ground when at rest.

GAIT/MOVEMENT:
Should be free and flowing. Stride should be long with the drive coming from the hindquarters when viewed from the side. Viewed from in front or behind, the legs and feet should move parallel to each other with the distance apart being the width of the shoulder and hip joints respectively.

COAT:
Wire-Haired: With exception of jaw, eyebrows, chin and ears, the whole body should be covered with a short, straight, harsh coat with dense undercoat, beard on the chin, eyebrows bushy, but hair on ears almost smooth. Legs and feet well but neatly furnished with harsh coat.

COLOUR:
All colours permitted but no white permissible, save for a small patch on chest which is permitted but not desirable. The dapple pattern is expressed as lighter coloured areas contrasting with the darker base. Neither the light nor the dark colour should predominate. Double dapple (where varying amounts of white occur all over the body in addition to the dapple pattern) is unacceptable. Pied, tricolour and the dilute colours Isabella and blue are highly undesirable. Nose and nails black in all colours except chocolate/tan and chocolate dapple where they are brown.

SIZE:
Ideal weight: 9 - 12 kgs (20 - 26 lbs).

Miniature ideal weight: 4.5 kgs (10 lbs). Desired maximum weight 5 kgs (11 lbs). Exhibits which appear thin and undernourished should be severely penalised.

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 on the health and welfare of the dog and on the dog’s ability to performs its traditional work.

NOTE:
Male animals should have two apparently normal testicles fully descended into the scrotum.

Only clinically and functionally healthy dogs with breed typical conformation should be used for breeding.

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