Fédération Cynologique Internationale

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United Kennel Club

English Foxhound

Foxhound

English Foxhound


ORIGIN

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FCI
Great Britain.

PUBLISHED

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FCI
26.03.2009.
KC
February 2009

UTILISATION

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FCI
Packhound for mounted hunt.

CLASSIFICATION

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

KC
Hound
UKC
Scenthound

BRIEF HISTORICAL SUMMARY

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FCI
The English Foxhound has been bred along careful lines for over two hundred years, the stud books published by the Masters of Foxhounds Association of England dating back before 1800; it is an easy matter for any owner of an English Foxhound to trace the pedigree back. The breeding of Foxhounds in England has always been and is still today in hands of the masters of Foxhounds, who kept the most careful records of their breeding operations. Lately, the English Kennel Club has published an interim standard for the Foxhound. The F.C.I has recognized the breed in 1964. There have been over two hundred and fifty packs of Foxhounds in Great Britain.
UKC
The English Foxhound was developed in Great Britain in the 13th century expressly for the purpose of trailing the red fox during a mounted hunt. Breeds which were used in this process include the St. Hubert/Bloodhound types, with crosses made to swifter, lighter hounds, which may have included the Greyhound. The breeding of Foxhounds has always been, and continues to be, in the hands of the Masters of Foxhounds. There have been over two hundred and fifty packs of Foxhounds in Great Britain. The English Foxhound was recognized by the United Kennel Club in 1905.

GENERAL APPEARANCE

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FCI
Well balanced, powerful and clean cut.
KC
Well balanced, powerful and clean cut.
UKC
The breed is well balanced, powerful and clean cut.

IMPORTANT PROPORTIONS

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KC
Stamina and endurance, natural ability to hunt.

BEHAVIOUR / TEMPERAMENT

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FCI
Stamina and endurance, natural ability to hunt. Friendly and not aggressive.
KC
Friendly and not aggressive.
UKC
Full of stamina and the capacity for endurance, the English Foxhound has a natural ability to hunt and is friendly and not aggressive.

HEAD

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FCI
Well balanced.
KC
Well balanced, skull flat of medium width. Muzzle long and square with large nostrils. Slight stop, moderately developed flews.

CRANIAL REGION

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Skull

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FCI
Flat, of medium width.
UKC
The skull is flat and of medium width. The stop is slight.

Stop

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FCI
Slight.

FACIAL REGION

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Nose

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FCI
Large nostrils.
UKC
Nostrils are open.

Muzzle

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FCI
Long and square. Moderately developed flews.
KC
Jaws strong with a perfect, regular and complete scissor bite, i.e. upper teeth closely overlapping lower teeth and set square to the jaws.
UKC
The muzzle is long and square. The flews are moderately developed.

Jaws/Teeth

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FCI
Jaws strong with a perfect, regular and complete scissor bite, i.e. upper teeth closely overlapping the lower teeth and set square to the jaws.
UKC
A full complement of strong, white teeth meet in a scissors bite.

Eyes

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FCI
Medium size, hazel or brown. Keen expression.
KC
Medium size, hazel or brown. Keen expression.

Ears

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FCI
Leathers pendant, carried close to the head, high set.
KC
Leathers pendant, carried close to head, high set.
UKC
The leathers are pendant, close to the head and set high.

NECK

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FCI
Long, slightly arched, well developed without being coarse.
KC
Long, slightly arched, well developed without being coarse.
UKC
The neck is long, slightly arched and well developed without being coarse.

BODY

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KC
Chest deep, ribs well sprung. Back broad and level with a slight rise over strong loins.
UKC
The chest is deep and the ribs are well sprung. The back is broad and level and there is a slight rise over the strong loin.

Back

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FCI
Broad and level.

Loin

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FCI
With a slight rise over strong loins.

Chest

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FCI
Deep, ribs well sprung.

TAIL

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FCI
Well set on high. Carried gaily but never curled over back.
KC
Well set on high. Carried gaily but never curled over back.
UKC
Well set on high, carried gaily but never curled over the back.

LIMBS

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FOREQUARTERS

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FCI
Forelegs long, straight and well boned down to feet.
KC
Shoulders well laid back, muscular without being loaded. Forelegs long, straight and well boned down to feet, pastern strong.
UKC
The long, well-sloped shoulders are well clothed with muscle, especially at the points, without being heavy.

Shoulder

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FCI
Well laid back, muscular without being loaded.

FORELEGS

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UKC
The forearm is long and muscular, but free from fat or lumber. The well-let-down elbows are set quite straight, and turn neither in nor out. The forelegs are long, straight and well boned down to the feet. The pasterns are strong.

Pastern

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FCI
Strong.

FEET

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KC
Round, tight and strong. Well padded. Nails strong.
UKC
Round, tight, strong and well padded.

Forefeet

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FCI
Round, tight and strong. Well padded. Nails strong.

Hind feet

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FCI
See Forefeet.

HINDQUARTERS

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FCI
Powerful and muscular. Well boned down to feet.
KC
Powerful and muscular. Moderate turn of stifle. Hocks well let down. Well boned down to feet.
UKC
The hindquarters are powerful and muscular.

Stifle

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FCI
Moderate turn.

HIND LEGS

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UKC
The hind legs are well boned down to the feet. There is moderate turn of stifle. The hocks are well let down.

Hock

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FCI
Well let down.

GAIT / MOVEMENT

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FCI
Free striding, tireless with the ability to gallop. Good drive behind with no indication to roll.
KC
Free striding, tireless with the ability to gallop. Good drive behind with no indication to roll.
UKC
Free striding and tireless, with the ability to gallop. Strong drive from behind with no tendency to roll.

COAT

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HAIR

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FCI
Short and dense. Weatherproof.
KC
Short and dense. Weatherproof.
UKC
The coat is short, dense and weatherproof.

COLOUR

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FCI
Any recognized hound colour and markings.
KC
Any recognised hound colour and markings.
UKC
Any good hound color is acceptable.

SIZE

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KC
Height: approx 58-64 cms (23-25 ins).
UKC
Approximately 23 to 25 inches at the shoulder.

Height at withers

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FCI
Height at withers approx. 58-64 cm.

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.
Any dog clearly showing physical or behavioural abnormalities shall be disqualified.
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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UKC

Unilateral or bilateral cryptorchid. Viciousness or extreme shyness. Undershot or overshot bite. Albinism.
Teeth: Undershot or overshot bite.


Anatomical Features of the dog

N.B.:

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