South Yorkshire Hound Society

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Breed Standards

Hound breeds were originally used for hunting either by scent or by sight. The scent hounds include the Beagle and Bloodhound and the sight hounds such breeds as the Whippet and Greyhound. They require a significant amount of exercise and can be described as dignified, aloof but trustworthy companions.

 There are currently 36 Hound breeds recognised by the Kennel Club, below you will find links for each breed to the Kennel Club for their own standards.

  •  Afghan Hound - general appearance Gives the impression of strength and dignity, combining speed and power. Head held proudly
  • Azawakhhis is an ancient breed, very probably of oriental origin and popular with the nomadic tribes of the Sahara. He takes his name from the Azawakh Valley which lies in the Niger Basin.
  • Basenji - general appearance Lightly built, finely boned aristocratic-looking animal, high on leg compared with its length, always poised, alert and intelligent. Wrinkled head, with pricked ears, proudly carried on a well arched neck. Deep brisket runs up into a definite waist, tail tightly curled presenting a picture of a well balanced dog of gazelle-like grace.
  • Basset Bleu De Gascogne - general appearance Smooth coated, athletic and aristocratic basset. Powerful but not too heavy.
  • Basset Fauve De Bretagne - general appearance Short-legged, rough-coated hound of moderate length.
  • Basset Griffon Vendeen (Grand) - general appearance Well-balanced, medium height, rough coated hound. Slightly longer than height at withers, with straight forelegs. A friendly and intelligent looking hound with noble bearing.
  • Basset Griffon Vendeen (Petit)- general appearance Well balanced, short-legged, compact hound. Rough-coated with alert outlook and lively bearing.
  • Basset Hound - general appearance Short-legged hound of considerable substance, well balanced, full of quality. A certain amount of loose skin desirable.
  • Bavarian Mountain Hound - general appearance A well balanced, lightly built, muscular and powerful, clean cut hound, of medium size. Body slightly longer than high.
  • Beagle - general appearance A sturdy, compactly built hound, conveying the impression of quality without coarseness.
  • Bloodhound - general appearance Noble and dignified expression, characterised by solemnity, wisdom and power.
  • Borzoi - general appearance Well balanced, graceful, aristocratic, dignified and elegant.
  • Cirneco dell'Etna - general appearance Medium sized hunting dog. Elegant, slender build but strong and robust. Long limbed, of light construction and square outline.
  • Dachshund (Long Haired) -  general appearance Long and low, but with compact, well muscled body, bold, defiant carriage of head and intelligent expression.
  • Dachshund (Miniature Long Haired) -  general appearance Long and low, but with compact, well muscled body, bold, defiant carriage of head and intelligent expression.
  • Dachshund (Smooth Haired) -  general appearance Long and low, but with compact, well muscled body, bold, defiant carriage of head and intelligent expression.
  •  Dachshund (Miniature Smooth Haired) -  general appearance Long and low, but with compact, well muscled body, bold, defiant carriage of head and intelligent expression.
  • Dachshund (Wire Haired) -  general appearance Long and low, but with compact, well muscled body, bold, defiant carriage of head and intelligent expression.
  • Dachshund (Miniature Wire Haired) -  general appearance Long and low, but with compact, well muscled body, bold, defiant carriage of head and intelligent expression.
  • Deerhound - general appearance Resembles a roughcoated greyhound of larger size and bone.
  • Finnish Spitz - general appearance Dog considerably larger and carrying more coat than the bitch. Bearing bold. Whole appearance, particularly eyes, ears and tail indicates liveliness. Compact, hard-conditioned hunting dog with medium bone and no suggestion of coarseness.
  • Foxhound - general appearance Well balanced, powerful and clean cut.
  • Grand Bleu De Gascogne - general appearance One of the larger French hunting hounds with aristocratic long head, characteristic head markings and distinctive colour.
  • Greyhound - general appearance Strongly built, upstanding, of generous proportions, muscular power and symmetrical formation, with long head and neck, clean well laid shoulders, deep chest, capacious body, arched loin, powerful quarters, sound legs and feet, and a suppleness of limb, which emphasise in a marked degree its distinctive type and quality.
  • Hamiltonstovare - general appearance Rectangular, well proportioned, giving impression of great strength and stamina. Tricoloured.
  • Ibizan Hound - general appearance Tall, narrow, finely built, large erect ears.
  • Irish Wolfhound - general appearance Of great size, strength, symmetry and commanding appearance, very muscular, yet gracefully built.
  • Norwegian Elkhound - general Appearance Powerful; compact body; square outline and proud carriage; coat close and abundant but not open; upstanding pointed ears; tail tightly curled over back.
  • Otterhound - general appearance Large, straight limbed and sound, rough-coated with majestic head, strong body and loose, long striding action. Rough double coat and large feet essential. Free moving.
  • Pharaoh Hound - general appearance Medium sized, of noble bearing with clean-cut lines. Graceful yet powerful. Very fast with free easy movement and alert expression.
  • Portuguese Podengo (Warren Hound) - general appearance Small, sturdy, slightly longer than high.
  • Rhodesian Ridgeback - general appearance Handsome, strong, muscular and active dog, symmetrical in outline, capable of great endurance with fair amount of speed. Mature dog is handsome and upstanding.
  • Saluki - general appearance Gives impression of grace, symmetry and of great speed and endurance, coupled with strength and activity.
  • Segugio Italiano - general appearance Medium-sized, lightly built, square in outline.
  • Sloughi - This is a breed that emanates from the deserts and mountains of North Africa, having existed there for many centuries as a typical working sighthound. Like many hunters, he tends to be a trifle stand-offish with strangers, but is affectionate to those he knows and trusts.
  • Whippet - general appearance Balanced combination of muscular power and strength with elegance and grace of outline. Built for speed and work. All forms of exaggeration should be avoided.