American Kennel Club (AKC) Featured Breed information on the American Foxhound
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 tip 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--round
at tip. Eyes-- Eyes large, set well apart, soft and
gentle and pleading; of a brown or hazel color. Muzzle--Muzzle of
fair length--straight and square-cut--the stop moderately defined.
A very flat skull, narrow across the top; excess of dome; eyes small, sharp and
terrier like, or prominent and protruding; muzzle long and snippy, 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.
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, is
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
Shoulders, Chest and Ribs
Shoulders sloping--clean, muscular, not heavy or loaded--conveying the idea
of freedom of action with activity and strength. Chest should be deep for lung
space, narrower in proportion to depth than the English hound--28 inches (girth)
in a 23-inch hound being good. Well-sprung ribs--back ribs should extend well
back--a three-inch flank allowing springiness.
Back and Loins
Back moderately long, muscular and strong. Loins broad and slightly arched.
Defects--Very long or swayed or roached back. Flat, narrow loins.
Forelegs and Feet
Forelegs--straight from elbows to feet, well boned and muscular, with pasterns strong, flexible
and very slightly sloping.
Feet--Fox-like. Pad full and hard. Well-arched toes. Strong nails.
Defects--Straight, upright shoulders, chest disproportionately wide or
with lack of depth. Flat ribs. Out at elbow. Knees knuckled over forward, or
bent backward. Forelegs crooked. Feet long, open or spreading.
Hips, Thighs, Hind Legs and Feet
Hips and thighs, strong and 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; with very slight brush. Defects--A long tail,
Teapot curve or inclined forward from the root. Rat tail, entire absence of
Coat--A close, hard, hound coat of medium length.
Defects--A short thin coat, or of a soft quality.
Dogs should not be under 23 or over 28 inches. Bitches should not be under 21 or over 26 inches
measured across the back at the point of the withers, the hound standing in a natural position with his
feet well under him.
SCALE OF POINTS
thighs and hind legs 10
Approved January 11, 2011
Effective March 1, 2011