The Foxhound Dog

The Foxhound Dog



THE FOXHOUND DOG .​
Foxhounds were the​ very first of​ the​ canine races in​ Great Britain to​ come under the​ domination of​ scientific breeding .​
There had been hounds of​ more ancient origin,​ such as​ the​ Southern Hound and the​ Bloodhound; but something different was wanted towards the​ end of​ the​ seventeenth century to​ hunt the​ wild deer that had become somewhat scattered after Cromwell's civil war .​
The demand was consequently for a​ quicker hound than those hitherto known,​ and people devoted to​ the​ chase began to​ breed it .​
Head:-
Somewhat broad,​ not peaked like the​ Bloodhound,​ but long from the​ apex to​ the​ frontal bones,​ eyebrows very prominent,​ cheeks cut clean from the​ eye to​ the​ nostril,​ ears set low and in​ their natural condition thin and shapely,​ but not large,​ nose large,​ jaw strong and level,​ and small dewlaps,​ expression fierce,​ and with the​ best often repellent .​

Eyes:-
Very bright and deeply set,​ full of​ determination,​ and with a​ very steady expression .​
The look of​ the​ Foxhound is​ very remarkable .​

Neck Should be perfectly clean,​ no skin ruffle whatever .​
The length of​ neck is​ of​ importance,​ both for stooping and giving an​ air of​ majesty .​
Shoulders:-
The blades should be well into the​ back,​ and should slant,​ otherwise be wide and strong,​ to​ meet the​ arms,​ that should be long and powerful .​

Legs and feet:-
The bone should be perfectly straight from the​ arm downward,​ and descend in​ the​ same degree of​ size to​ the​ ankles .​
The knee should be almost flat and level; there should be no curve until coming to​ the​ toes,​ which should be very strong,​ round,​ cat-shaped,​ and every toe clean set as​ it​ were .​

Coat:-
The coat is​ hard hair,​ but short and smooth,​ the​ texture is​ as​ stiff as​ bristles,​ but beautifully laid .​

Colour:-
Belvoir tan,​ which is​ brown and black,​ perfectly intermixed,​ with white markings of​ various shapes and sizes .​
The white should be very opaque and clear .​
Black and white,​ with tan markings on​ head and stifles .​
Badger pied a​ kind of​ grey and white .​
Lemon pied,​ light yellow and white .​
Hare pied,​ a​ darker yellow and white .​

Height: Dogs from 23-1/2 to​ 24 inches; bitches from 22 to​ 22-1/2 inches.




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