AKC Beagle Standard

Beagle Breed Standard

Hound Group

Head
The skull should be fairly long, slightly domed at occiput, with cranium broad and full. Ears–Ears set on moderately low, long, reaching when drawn out nearly, if not quite, to the end of the nose; fine in texture, fairly broad-with almost entire absence of erectile power-setting close to the head, with the forward edge slightly inturning to the cheek–rounded at tip. Eyes–Eyes large, set well apart-soft and houndlike–expression gentle and pleading; of a brown or hazel color. Muzzle–Muzzle of medium length-straight and square–cut–the stop moderately defined. Jaws–Level. Lips free from flews; nostrils large and open. Defects–A very flat skull, narrow across the top; excess of dome, eyes small, sharp and terrierlike, or prominent and protruding; muzzle long, snipy or cut away decidedly below the eyes, or very short. Roman-nosed, or upturned, giving a dish-face expression. Ears short, set on high or with a tendency to rise above the point of origin.

Body
Neck and Throat–Neck rising free and light from the shoulders strong in substance yet not loaded, of medium length. The throat clean and free from folds of skin; a slight wrinkle below the angle of the jaw, however, may be allowable. Defects–A thick, short, cloddy neck carried on a line with the top of the shoulders. Throat showing dewlap and folds of skin to a degree termed “throatiness.”

Shoulders and Chest
Shoulders sloping–clean, muscular, not heavy or loaded–conveying the idea of freedom of action with activity and strength. Chest deep and broad, but not broad enough to interfere with the free play of the shoulders.Defects–Straight, upright shoulders. Chest disproportionately wide or with lack of depth.

Back, Loin and Ribs
Back short, muscular and strong. Loin broad and slightly arched, and the ribs well sprung, giving abundance of lung room. Defects–Very long or swayed or roached back. Flat, narrow loin. Flat ribs.

Forelegs and Feet
Forelegs–Straight, with plenty of bone in proportion to size of the hound. Pasterns short and straight. Feet–Close, round and firm. Pad full and hard. Defects–Out at elbows. Knees knuckled over forward, or bent backward. Forelegs crooked or Dachshundlike. Feet long, open or spreading.

Hips, Thighs, Hind Legs and Feet
Hips and thighs strong and well muscled, giving abundance of propelling power. Stifles strong and well let down. Hocks firm, symmetrical and moderately bent. Feet close and firm. Defects–Cowhocks, or straight hocks. Lack of muscle and propelling power. Open feet.

Tail
Set moderately high; carried gaily, but not turned forward over the back; with slight curve; short as compared with size of the hound; with brush. Defects–A long tail. Teapot curve or inclined forward from the root. Rat tail with absence of brush.

Coat
A close, hard, hound coat of medium length. Defects–A short, thin coat, or of a soft quality.

Color
Any true hound color.

General Appearance
A miniature Foxhound, solid and big for his inches, with the wear-and-tear look of the hound that can last in the chase and follow his quarry to the death.

Scale of Points

Head
Skull 5
Ears 10
Eyes 5
Muzzle 5 25
Body
Neck 5
Chest and shoulders 15
Back, loin and ribs 15 35
Running Gear
Forelegs 10
Hips, thighs and hind legs 10
Feet 10 30
Coat 5
Stern 5 10
Total 100

Varieties
There shall be two varieties:
Thirteen Inch–which shall be for hounds not exceeding 13 inches in height.
Fifteen Inch–which shall be for hounds over 13 but not exceeding 15 inches in height.

Disqualification
Any hound measuring more than 15 inches shall be disqualified.

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