Compare Breed Standards
Fédération Cynologique Internationale
United Kennel Club
|Group 6||Scent hounds and related breeds|
|Section 1.1||Scenthounds, Large-sized Hounds|
|With working trial|
BRIEF HISTORICAL SUMMARY:
As its name suggests, the American Foxhound was developed in colonial America, using the English Foxhound as a base. Irish, French and other hounds are thought to have been used in the breed's refinement. The American Foxhound was recognized by the United Kennel Club in 1905.
Should be fairly long, slightly domed at occiput.
The head is fairly long.
Broad and full.
The skull is slightly domed at the occiput. The cranium is broad and full. The stop is moderately defined.
Of fair length, straight and square-cut.
The straight, square cut muzzle is of fair length.
Large, set well apart, soft and houndlike; expression gentle and pleading. Colour brown or hazel.
The large eyes are brown or hazel in color. They are set well apart, and have a soft, hound-like expression that is gentle and pleading.
Set on moderately low, long, reaching when drawn out nearly, if not quite, to the tip of the nose; fine in texture; fairly broad, with almost entire absence of erectile power; setting close to the head with the forward edge slightly inturning to the cheek; round at tip.
The ears are set on moderately low, are almost absent of any erectile power, and set close to the head, with the forward edge slightly in-turning to the cheek. They are long enough that if drawn out they nearly, if not quite, reach the tip of the nose. The fairly broad ears are round at the tip.
Rising free and light from the shoulders, strong in substance, yet not loaded, of medium length. The throat clean and free from folds of skin, a slight wrinkle below the angle of the jaw, however, is allowable.
The clean, medium length neck rises free and light from the shoulders. It is strong in substance, but not loaded. A slight wrinkle below the angle of the jaw is allowed.
The clean, muscular, sloping shoulders convey the idea of freedom and action combined with activity and strength. The moderately long back is muscular and strong. The broad loins are slightly arched. The chest is deep to allow for lung space, but is narrower in proportion to depth than that of the English Foxhound. A 23-inch Hound having a 28-inch girth is ideal. The back ribs extending well back. A three-inch flank allows for springiness.
Moderately long, muscular and strong.
Broad and slightly arched.
Chest: Should be deep for lung space, narrower in proportion to depth than the English Hound, 28 inches girth (71 cm) in a 23-inch (58 cm) hound being good.
Ribs: Well sprung; back ribs should extend well back.
Ribs: Well sprung; back ribs should extend well back.
A three-inch (7,6 cm) flank allowing springiness.
Set moderately high; carried gaily, but not turned forward over the back; with slight curve; with very slight brush.
The tail is set moderately high. It is carried gaily with a slight curve, but is not turned forward over the back.
Forelegs straight, with fair amount of bone.
Sloping, clean, muscular, not heavy or loaded, conveying the idea of freedom of action with activity and strength.
The straight forelegs have a fair amount of bone. The elbows point straight back, being neither in nor out. The short pasterns are straight.
Short and straight.
The close, firm, fox-like feet have full, hard pads, well-arched toes and strong nails.
Foxlike. Well arched toes, strong nails, pads full and hard.
Close and firm.
The strong, muscular hips and thighs provide abundant propelling power.
Hips and thighs: Strong and muscled, giving abundance of propelling power.
Strong and well let down.
The strong stifles are well let down. The firm, strong stifles are well let down. The firm, symmetrical hocks are moderately bent.
Firm, symmetrical and moderately bent.
Close, hard hound coat of medium length.
The close, hard Hound coat is of medium length. The tail has a very slight brush.
Any color is acceptable.
Height at withers:
Dogs should not be under 22 or over 25 inches (56-63,5 cm).
Bitches should not be under 21 or over 24 inches (53-61 cm), measured across the back at the point of the withers, the hound standing in a natural position with his feet well under him.
Height is measured at the point of the withers, with the hound standing in a natural position with its feet well under. Height ranges are: Males should not be under 22 inches or over 25 inches. Females should not be under 21 inches or over 24 inches.
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.
- Skull very flat, narrow across the top; excess of dome.
- Roman-nosed, or upturned, giving a dish-face expression.
- Muzzle long and snipey, cut away decidedly below the eyes, or very short.
- Eyes small, sharp and terrierlike, or prominent and protruding.
- Ears short, set-on high, or with a tendency to rise above the point of origin.
- Neck thick, short, cloddy, carried on a line with the top of the shoulders. Throat showing dewlap and folds of skin to a degree termed throatiness ».
- Back very long, swayed or roached back.
- Loins flat, narrow.
- Chest disproportionately wide or with lack of depth.
- Ribs flat.
- Tail long. Teapot curve or inclining forward from the root. Rat tail. Entire absence of brush.
- Forelegs crooked.
- Shoulders straight, upright.
- Out at elbow.
- Carpus knuckled over forward or bent backward.
- Cowhocks or straight hocks.
- Feet long, open or spreading.
- Lack of muscle and propelling power.
- Coat short, thin, or of a soft quality.
All faults are to be evaluated in relation to their degree of deviation from the ideal.
Muzzle: Very flat skull. Skull narrow across the top. Excess of dome. Long, snipey muzzle. Cut away decidedly below the eyes. Very short muzzle. Roman-nosed. Upturned nose.
Eyes: Small, sharp, terrier-like eyes. Prominent, protruding eyes.
Ears: Short ears. Set on high. Tendency to rise above he point of origin.
Neck: Thick, short, cloddy neck carried on a line with the top of the shoulders. Dewlap and skin folds to a degree that may be termed “throatiness”.
Forelegs: Crooked forelegs. Knees knuckled forward, or bent backward. Straight, upright shoulders.
Body: Very long back. Swayed back. Roach back. Flat, narrow loins. Chest disproportionately wide. Lack of depth in chest.
Hind Legs: Cow hocks. Straight hocks. Lack of muscle and propelling power.
Feet: Long, open or spreading feet.
Tail: Long tail. Teapot curve. Inclined forward from the root. Rat tail.
Coat: Short, thin coat. Soft coat. Entire absence of brush from tail.
Any dog clearly showing physical or behavioural abnormalities shall be disqualified.
Unilateral or bilateral cryptorchid. Viciousness or extreme shyness. Albinism.
|Chest and Shoulders||15|
|Back, Loin and Ribvs||15|
|Hips, Thigh and Hind Legs||10|
Male animals should have two apparently normal testicles fully descended into the scrotum.