american foxhound

HISTORICAL SUMMARY:  is  breed  in  dogs  originating from  United States. Breed used for hunting, it is known that its ancestors were imported from  Europe  since 1650, brought by  Robert Brooke[. However, it was not until 1770 that the breed began to be established under the name of  Virginia hound. Physically, it is considered lighter and faster than a  English foxhound, as well as commonly having a different diet than some others  canids.

 

Country of Origin : United States of America
 

  • CRANIAL REGION 

skull :  wide and full
 

Stop :  moderately defined
 

  • FACIAL REGION

Muzzle: Of good length, straight and square in shape.
 

eyes :  Large, set well apart, tender as a hound; kind and pleading expression. Brown or hazelnut in color.
 

Ears :  Set on moderately low, long, reaching tip of nose when stretched; fine textured; rather broad, lacking erectile strength; close fitting to the head, with the front edges slightly turned towards the cheeks; rounded ends.

NECK :  Rising freely and slightly from the shoulders; quite substantial, without being heavy; of medium length. Dry in the throat and free from dewlap. However, a slight wrinkle below the angle of the jaw is allowed.
 

  • TRUNK

Back:  Strong, muscular and straight

Loin: Broad and slightly arched.

 

chest :  It should be deep to make room for the lungs, but narrow in relation to the depth, when compared to the English Foxhound, 71 cm in girth is considered good in a dog of 58 cm in height.

Ribs:  Well sprung; the last ribs should extend well back.

 

flanks :  A 7.6 cm sidewall provides elasticity.
 

TAIL:  Moderately high set; carried cheerfully, with a slight curve, but not over the back; with a light brush coat.
 

  • MEMBERS

 

PREVIOUS :  Straight, with good bone.
 

Shoulders :  Leaning, well defined, muscular, neither heavy nor coarse, demonstrating freedom of movement with activity and strength.

Metacarpals :
  Short and straight.

 

Paws :  Similar to the fox. Well-arched toes, strong nails, full, hard pads.
 

HINDQUARTERS :  
 

Hips and Thighs: Strong and muscular, demonstrating great propulsion power
 

Knees :  Strong and well let down.

 

Paws :  Closed and firm.
 

  • COAT

By :  Closed; typical Hound hard coat; of medium length.
 

  • COLOR:
     

  1. Any color

 

SIZE : Males 56  cm to 63.5 cm 
            females 53  cm to 61 cm  
 

  • FAULTS  

Any deviation from the terms of this standard should be considered a fault and penalized in exact proportion to its severity and its effects on the health and well being of the dog.  especially:  

 

• Skull too flat, top narrow, excessively domed.

• Roman or upturned nose, giving a dish-faced expression.

• Muzzle long and pointed, falling abruptly below the eyes or too short.

• Small, sharp eyes like a terrier; or prominent and protruding.

• Ears short, set high or with a tendency to rise above set. • Thick, short, heavy neck, carried at shoulder level. Throat with dewlap or folds of skin. • Back too long, sealed or ruffled.

• Flat, narrow loin.

• Chest too wide or not deep enough.

• Flat ribs.

• Long tail. Curved in the shape of a kettle or slanted forward from the root. Mouse tail. Complete absence of brush hair.

• Crooked forelegs.

• Straight shoulders.

• Elbows out.

• Carpus curved forward or angled backwards.

• Cow hocks or straight hocks.

• Long paws, open or flat.

• Lack of musculature and propulsion power.

• Short, fine or soft quality coat.

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DISQUALIFYING FAULTS

 

• Aggressiveness or excessive shyness.

• Any dog that shows any sign of physical or behavioral anomaly must be disqualified.

  • GRADES

 

• Males must have both testicles, of normal appearance, well let down and accommodated in the scrotum.

• Only clinically and functionally healthy dogs with typical breed conformation should be used for breeding.