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Foxhounds were the very first dog breeds in Britain to come under the domination of scientific breeding. There had been dogs of older origin, such as the Southern Hound and the Bloodhound; but something different was wanted towaards the end of the seventeenth century to hunt the wild deer which had somewhat dispersed after Cromwell's Civil War. The demand was therefore for a faster dog than heretofore known, and people devoted to the hunt began to breed her.


A little broad, not of point like the bloodhound, but long from the apex to the frontal bones, the very prominent eyebrows, the cheeks well cut from the eye to the nostril, the low ears and in their natural state the slender nose and shapely, but not tall, jaw strong and flat, and small baleen, fierce expression, and with the best often repellent.

Eyes: -

Very bright and deeply set, full of determination and with a very regular expression. The look of the Foxhound is very remarkable.

The neck should be perfectly clean, no frills. Neck length is important, both for stooping and for giving an air of majesty.


The blades should be well back and should be angled, if not wide and strong, to meet the arms, which should be long and powerful.

Legs and feet: -

The bone should be perfectly straight from the arm down and down in the same degree of size to the ankles. The knee should be almost flat and level; there should be no curves until you get to the toes, which should be very strong, round, cat shaped and all toes clean so to speak.


The coat is a harsh coat, but short and smooth, the texture is as stiff as hair, but beautifully layered.


Belvoir tan, which is brown and black, perfectly blended, with white markings of various shapes and sizes. White should be very opaque and clear. Black and white, with tan markings on the head and stifles. The badger stings a kind of gray and white. Lemon foot, light yellow and white. Hare's foot, a darker yellow and white.

Height: dogs 23-1 / 2 to 24 inches; bitches 22 to 22-1 / 2 inches.

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