English Kennel Club Standard - used by Australian and New Zealand Kennel Clubs
Well-balanced, short-legged, compact hound. Rough-coated with alert outlook and lively bearing.
A strong, active hound capable of a day's hunding, with a good voice freely used.
Happy, extrovert, independent, yet willing to please
Head and Skull
Medium in length, not too wide, oval in shape when viewed from front. Well cut away under eyes; stop clearly defined; occipital bone well developed. Muzzle slightly shorter than from stop to occipital point. Under-jaw strong and well developed. Nose black, large with wide nostrils. Eyes surmounted by long eyebrows standing forward but not to obscure eyes; lips covered with long hair forming beard and moustache.
Large, dark , showing no white, with friendly, intelligent expression. Red of lower eyelid not showing.
Supple, narrow and fine, covered with long hair, folding inwards, ending in an oval shape, reaching to the end of nose; set on low, not above line of eye.
Jaws strong with perfect, regular and complete scissor bite, i.e. upper teeth closely overlapping lower teeth and set square to the jaws. Level bite acceptable.
Long and strong, set into well-laid shoulders; without throatiness; carrying head proudly
Shoulders clean and sloping; elbows close to body. Forelegs straight, a slight crook acceptable; thick and well boned. Pasterns strong and slightly sloping. Knuckling over highly undesirable.
Chest deep with prominent sternum; ribs moderately rounded extending well back. Back of medium length; level topline with slight arching over strong loins.
Strong and muscular with good bend of stifle. Well defined second thigh. Hocks short and well angulated.
Hard, tight padded, not too long. Nails strong and short.
Of medium length; set on high, strong at base, tapering regularly, well furnished with hair; carried proudly like the blade of a sabre.
Free at all paces, with great drive. Front action straight and reaching well forward; hocks turning neither in nor out.
Rough, long without exaggeration and harsh to the touch, with thick undercoat, never silky or woolly. shown untrimmed.
White, with any combination of lemon, orange, tricolour or grizzle markings
Height : 33-38 cms (13 - 15ins)
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.
Male animals should have two apparently normal testicles fully descended into the scrotum.
Last Updated - January 2006