A Breed Standard is the guideline which describes the ideal characteristics, temperament and appearance of a breed and ensures that the breed is fit for function. Absolute soundness is essential. Breeders and judges should at all times be careful to avoid obvious conditions or exaggerations which would be detrimental in any way to the health, welfare or soundness of this breed. From time to time certain conditions or exaggerations may be considered to have the potential to affect dogs in some breeds adversely, and judges and breeders are requested to refer to the Kennel Club website for details of any such current issues. If a feature or quality is desirable it should only be present in the right measure.
Must be racy, balanced and full of quality. In conformation, proportionate.
Most handsome, and refined in looks, tremendously active with untiring readiness to range and hunt under any conditions.
Head and Skull
Head long and lean, not narrow or snipy, not coarse at the ears. Skull oval (from ear to ear) having plenty of brain room and well-defined occipital protuberance. From occiput to stop and from stop to tip of nose to be parallel and of equal length, brows raised showing stop. Muzzle moderately deep, fairly square at end. Jaws of nearly equal length, flews not pendulous, nostrils wide. Colour of nose dark mahogany, dark walnut or black.
Dark hazel to dark brown, not too large, preferably like an unshelled almond in shape, set level (not obliquely), under brows showing kind, intelligent expression.
Of moderate size, fine in texture, set on low, well back and hanging in a neat fold close to head.
Jaws strong, with a perfect, regular and complete scissor bite, i.e. upper teeth closely overlapping lower teeth and set square to the jaws.
Moderately long, very muscular but not too thick, slightly arched and free from all tendency to throatiness, setting cleanly without a break of topline into shoulders.
Shoulders: Fine at points, deep and sloping well back.
Forelegs: Straight and sinewy, well boned
Elbows: Free and well let down, not turned in or out.
Body: Proportionate to size of dog
Chest: Deep chest, rather narrow in front
Ribs: Well sprung, leaving plenty of lung room
Loins: Muscular and slightly arched
Chest as deep as possible, rather narrow in front. Ribs well sprung leaving plenty of lung room and carried well back to muscular loin, slightly arched. Firm straight topline gently sloping downwards from withers.
General appearance: Wide and powerful.
Hindlegs: from hip to hock long and muscular, from hock to heel short and strong.
Stifle: Well bent
Hock: turned neither in or out.
Small, very firm; toes strong, close together and arched.
Of moderate length proportionate to size of body, set on rather low, strong at root, tapering to fine point. Carried level with or below back.
Free flowing, driving movement; head held high. Forelegs reaching well ahead but cariied low. Hindquarters drive smoothly with great power. Crossing or weaving of legs unacceptable.
On head, front of legs and tips of ears, short and fine; on all other parts of body and legs of moderate length, flat and as free as possible from curl or wave. Feathers on upper portion of ears long and silky; on back of fore- and hindlegs long and fine. Fair amount of hair on belly, forming a nice fringe which may extend on to chest and throat. Feet well feathered between toes. Tail to have fringe of moderately long hair decreasing in length as it approaches point. All feathering to be as straight and flat as possible.
Rich chestnut with no trace of black. White on chest, throat, chin or toes, or small star on forehead or narrow streak or blaze on nose or face not to disqualify.
Height at withers: Males 23 - 26,5 ins (58-67 cm.)
Females 21.5 - 24,5 ins (55-62 cm.)
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.
* Aggressive or overly shy dogs
* Any dog clearly showing physical or behavioural abnormalities shall be disqualified
Male animals should have two apparently normal testicles fully descended into the scrotum.
Only functionalle and clinacally healthy dogs, with breed typical conformation should be used for breeding.