Foxhounds were the very first of the canine races in Great Britain to come under the dominance of scientific breeding. There had actually been hounds of more ancient origin, such as the Southern Hound and the Bloodhound; however something different was desired towards the end of the seventeenth century to hunt the wild deer that had actually ended up being somewhat spread after Cromwell’s civil war.
The demand was consequently for a quicker hound than those hitherto known, and individuals devoted to the chase started to breed it.
Rather broad, not peaked like the Bloodhound, however long from the apex to the frontal bones, eyebrows extremely popular, cheeks cut tidy 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 little dewlaps, expression intense, and with the finest typically repellent.
Really brilliant and deeply set, filled with determination, and with a really stable expression. The look of the Foxhound is extremely 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.
The blades should be well into the back, and ought to incline, otherwise be large and strong, to fulfill the arms, that must be long and powerful.
Legs and feet:
The bone must be perfectly directly from the arm downward, and descend in the very same degree of size to the ankles. The knee needs to be practically flat and level; there must be no curve up until concerning the toes, which should be extremely strong, round, cat-shaped, and every toe tidy set as it were.
The coat is difficult hair, however short and smooth, the texture is as stiff as bristles, but beautifully laid.
Belvoir tan, which is brown and black, perfectly intermixed, with white markings of numerous sizes and shapes. The white need to be really opaque and clear. Black and white, with tan markings on head and stifles. Badger pied a sort 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.