Fédération Cynologique Internationale

The Kennel Club

Beagle

Beagle


ORIGIN

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FCI
Great Britain.

PUBLISHED

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FCI
13.10.2010.
KC
January 2010

UTILISATION

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FCI
Scent Hound.

CLASSIFICATION

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FCI
Group 6Scent hounds and related breeds
Section 1.3Scenthounds, Small-sized Hounds
With working trial

KC
Hound

BRIEF HISTORICAL SUMMARY

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FCI
The Beagle, said to have been bred down from the larger Foxhound to hunt with men on foot, preferably after the hare. He is still used in packs, very often organised by institutions, including colleges and schools. A bustling, eager little dog, full of enthusiasm and vigour, ever ready for any activity which involves him. Everything about the breed gives the impression of athleticism and there is no better sight than a Beagle pack in full pursuit, their heads down to the scent, their sterns up in rigid order as they concentrate on the chase.
During the reigns of King Henry VIII and Queen Elizabeth I there were wirehaired Beagles, some of which were small enough to be carried in the pocket of a hunting jacket. Size has increased over the years but smaller versions of the breed, called ‘pocket Beagles’, are sometimes born.

GENERAL APPEARANCE

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FCI
A sturdy, compactly-built hound, conveying the impression of quality without coarseness.
KC
A sturdy, compactly built hound, conveying the impression of quality without coarseness.

IMPORTANT PROPORTIONS

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FCI
Length of head, between occiput and tip of nose, divided by stop, as equally as possible. Height to elbow about half height at withers.
KC
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.

BEHAVIOUR / TEMPERAMENT

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FCI
A merry hound whose essential function is to hunt, primarily hare, by following a scent. Bold, with great activity, stamina and determination.
Alert, intelligent and of even temperament. Amiable and alert, showing no aggression or timidity.
KC
Amiable and alert, showing no aggression or timidity.

HEAD

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FCI
Fair length, powerful without being coarse, finer in the bitch, free from frown and wrinkle.
KC
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 snipy, lips reasonably well flewed. Nose broad, preferably black, but less pigmentation permissible in lighter coloured hounds. Nostrils wide.

CRANIAL REGION

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Skull

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FCI
Slightly domed, moderately wide, with slight peak.

Stop

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FCI
Well defined, dividing length, between occiput and tip of nose, as equally as possible.

FACIAL REGION

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Nose

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FCI
Broad, preferably black, but less pigmentation permissible in lighter coloured hounds. Nostrils wide.

Muzzle

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FCI
Not snipy.
KC
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.

Lips

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FCI
Reasonably well flewed.

Jaws/Teeth

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

Eyes

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FCI
Dark brown or hazel, fairly large, not deep set or prominent set well apart with mild appealing expression.
KC
Dark brown or hazel, fairly large, not deep set or prominent, set well apart with mild, appealing expression.

Ears

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FCI
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.
KC
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.

NECK

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

BODY

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FCI
Short in the couplings, but well balanced.
KC
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.

Topline

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FCI
Straight and level.

Loin

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FCI
Loins powerful and supple.

Chest

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FCI
Let down to below elbow. Ribs well sprung and extending well back.

Underline and belly

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FCI
Without excessive tuck-up.

TAIL

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FCI
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.
KC
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.

LIMBS

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FOREQUARTERS

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KC
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.

Shoulder

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FCI
Well laid back, not loaded.

Elbow

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FCI
Firm, turning neither in nor out.

FORELEGS

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Forearm

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FCI
Forelegs straight and upright well under the hound, good substance and round in bone, not tapering off to feet.

Pastern

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FCI
Short.

FEET

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

Forefeet

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

Hind feet

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FCI
As Forefeet.

HINDQUARTERS

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

Thigh

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FCI
Muscular.

Stifle

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FCI
Well bent.

HIND LEGS

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Hock joint

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FCI
Firm, well let down and parallel to each other.

GAIT / MOVEMENT

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FCI
Back level, firm with no indication of roll. Stride free, long reaching in front and straight without high action; hind legs showing drive. Should not move close behind nor paddle nor plait in front.
KC
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

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HAIR

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FCI
Short, dense and weatherproof.
KC
Short, dense and weatherproof.

COLOUR

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FCI

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.
KC
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

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

Height at withers

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FCI

Desirable minimum height at the withers 33 cms.
Desirable maximum height at the withers 40 cms.

FAULTS

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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 and on its ability to perform its traditional work.
KC
Any departure from the foregoing points should be considered a fault and the seriousness with which the fault should be regarded should be in exact proportion to its degree and its effect upon the health and welfare of the dog and on the dog’s ability to perform its traditional work.

DISQUALIFYING FAULTS

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FCI

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


Anatomical Features of the dog

N.B.:

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