Fédération Cynologique Internationale

United Kennel Club

American Foxhound

American Foxhound


ORIGIN

:
FCI
U.S.A.

PUBLISHED

:
FCI
02.11.1979.

UTILISATION

:
FCI
Hound.

CLASSIFICATION

:
FCI
Group 6Scent hounds and related breeds
Section 1.1Scenthounds, Large-sized Hounds
With working trial

UKC
Scenthound

BRIEF HISTORICAL SUMMARY

:
UKC
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.

HEAD

:
FCI
Should be fairly long, slightly domed at occiput.
UKC
The head is fairly long.

CRANIAL REGION

:

Skull

:
FCI
Broad and full.
UKC
The skull is slightly domed at the occiput. The cranium is broad and full. The stop is moderately defined.

Stop

:
FCI
Moderately defined.

FACIAL REGION

:

Muzzle

:
FCI
Of fair length, straight and square-cut.
UKC
The straight, square cut muzzle is of fair length.

Eyes

:
FCI
Large, set well apart, soft and houndlike; expression gentle and pleading. Colour brown or hazel.
UKC
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.

Ears

:
FCI
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.
UKC
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.

NECK

:
FCI
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.
UKC
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.

BODY

:
UKC
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.

Back

:
FCI
Moderately long, muscular and strong.

Loin

:
FCI
Broad and slightly arched.

Chest

:
FCI
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.

Flank

:
FCI
A three-inch (7,6 cm) flank allowing springiness.

TAIL

:
FCI
Set moderately high; carried gaily, but not turned forward over the back; with slight curve; with very slight brush.
UKC
The tail is set moderately high. It is carried gaily with a slight curve, but is not turned forward over the back.

LIMBS

:

FOREQUARTERS

:
FCI
Forelegs straight, with fair amount of bone.

Shoulder

:
FCI
Sloping, clean, muscular, not heavy or loaded, conveying the idea of freedom of action with activity and strength.

FORELEGS

:
UKC
The straight forelegs have a fair amount of bone. The elbows point straight back, being neither in nor out. The short pasterns are straight.

Pastern

:
FCI
Short and straight.

FEET

:
UKC
The close, firm, fox-like feet have full, hard pads, well-arched toes and strong nails.

Forefeet

:
FCI
Foxlike. Well arched toes, strong nails, pads full and hard.

Hind feet

:
FCI
Close and firm.

HINDQUARTERS

:
UKC
The strong, muscular hips and thighs provide abundant propelling power.

Thigh

:
FCI
Hips and thighs: Strong and muscled, giving abundance of propelling power.

Stifle

:
FCI
Strong and well let down.

HIND LEGS

:
UKC
The strong stifles are well let down. The firm, strong stifles are well let down. The firm, symmetrical hocks are moderately bent.

Hock

:
FCI
Firm, symmetrical and moderately bent.

COAT

:

HAIR

:
FCI
Close, hard hound coat of medium length.
UKC
The close, hard Hound coat is of medium length. The tail has a very slight brush.

COLOUR

:
FCI
Any colour.
UKC
Any color is acceptable.

SIZE

:

Height at withers

:
FCI

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.
UKC
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.

FAULTS

:
FCI

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.
UKC

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.

DISQUALIFYING FAULTS

:
FCI
Any dog clearly showing physical or behavioural abnormalities shall be disqualified.
UKC
Unilateral or bilateral cryptorchid. Viciousness or extreme shyness. Albinism.

other

:
FCI
Head20
Skull5
Ears5
Eyes5
Muzzle5
Body35
Neck5
Chest and Shoulders15
Back, Loin and Ribvs15
Running Gear35
Forelegs10
Hips, Thigh and Hind Legs10
Feet15
Coat5
Tail5
Total100



Anatomical Features of the dog

N.B.:

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