The English Foxhound was bred through carefully chosen bloodlines over 200 years ago. The origin book published by the Foxhound Masters Association of England dates back to the year 1800, so it was very easy for any owner of an English Foxhound to trace its pedigree back to that time. Foxhound breeding in England has always been and still is in the hands of Foxhound Masters, who have always carefully kept the most careful records of their breeding operations. There are over 250 packs of Foxhounds in Britain.
Country of origin: Great Britain
GENERAL APPEARANCE: Well balanced, powerful and well defined contours
BEHAVIOR AND TEMPERAMENT: Vigorous and tough, natural hunting ability. Friendly and non-aggressive.
HEAD: well balanced
skull : Flat, medium width
Stop : Light.
Truffle: Big nostrils.
Muzzle: Long and square. Lips moderately developed.
Jaws and Teeth: Strong jaws with a regular and perfect scissor bite
eyes : Average size; hazel or brown in color. sharp expression
Ears : Leather of the hanging ears, carried close to the head; inserted high.
NECK : Long, slightly arched, well developed without being coarse.
Back: Long and flat.
Loin: With a slight curvature over a strong loin.
chest : Deep; ribs well sprung.
TAIL: Inserted very high. Carried gaily, but never curled over the back.
PREVIOUS : Forelegs long, straight and well-boned to the feet.
Shoulders : Well angulated, muscular, without being carried.
Metacarpals : strong.
Knees : Moderate curvature.
Hocks : Very short.
Paws : Round, closed and strong. Well padded. Strong nails.
GAIT /MOVEMENT : Free strides; tireless ability to gallop. Good propulsion from the hindquarters, however, no indication of roll.
By : Short and dense. Weatherproof.
SIZE : 58 cm to 64 cm
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:
• Aggressiveness or excessive shyness.
• Any dog that shows any sign of physical or behavioral anomaly must be disqualified.
• 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.