About the Hounds

Hounds

Hounds approved for hound hunting include the Beagle, Bloodhound and Harrier. Descriptions, provided by the Kennel Club, London for each of these hounds, are shown below. Photos of Champion Harriers are shown at bottom of page.

Beagle

General AppearanceA sturdy, compactly-built hound, conveying the impression of quality without coarseness.
CharacteristicsA merry hound whose essential function is to hunt, primarily hare, by following a scent. Bold, with great activity, stamina and determination. Alert, intelligent and of even temperament.
TemperamentAmiable and alert, showing no aggression or timidity.
Head And SkullFair length, powerful without being coarse, finer in the bitch, free from frown and wrinkle. Skull slightly domed, moderately wide, with slight peak. Stop well defined and dividing length, between occiput and tip of nose, as equally as possible. Muzzle not snipy, lips reasonably well flewed. Nose broad, preferably black, but less pigmentation permissible in lighter coloured hounds. Nostrils wide.
EyesDark brown or hazel, fairly large, not deep set or prominent, set well apart with mild appealing expression.
EarsLong, with rounded tip, reaching nearly to end of nose when drawn out. Set on low, fine in texture and hanging gracefully close to cheeks
MouthThe jaws should be strong, with a perfect, regular and complete scissor bite, i.e. the upper teeth closely overlapping the lower teeth and set square to the jaws.
Neck Sufficiently long to enable hound to come down easily to scent, slightly arched and showing little dewlap.
ForequartersShoulders well laid back, not loaded. Forelegs straight and upright well under the hound, good substance, and round in bone, not tapering off to feet. Pasterns short. Elbows firm, turning neither in nor out. Height to elbow about half height at withers.
Body Topline straight and level. Chest let down to below elbow. Ribs well sprung and extending well back. Short in the couplings but well balanced. Loins powerful and supple, without excessive tuck-up.
HindquartersMuscular thighs. Stifles well bent. Hocks firm, well let down and parallel to each other.
FeetTight and firm. Well knuckled up and strongly padded. Not hare-footed. Nails short.
TailSturdy, moderately long. Set on high, carried gaily but not curled over back or inclined forward from root. Well covered with hair, especially on underside.
Gait/MovementBack level, firm with no indication of roll. Stride free, long reaching in front and straight without high action; hind legs showing drive. Should not move close behind nor paddle nor plait in front.
CoatShort, dense and weatherproof.
ColourTricolour (black, tan and white); blue, white and tan; badger pied; hare pied; lemon pied; lemon and white; red and white; tan and white; black and white; all white. With the exception of all white, all the above mentioned colours can be found as mottle. No other colours are permissible. Tip of stern white.
SizesDesirable minimum height at withers: 33 cm (13 ins). Desirable maximum height at withers: 40 cm (16 ins).
FaultsAny departure from the foregoing points should be considered a fault and the seriousness with which the fault should be regarded should be in exact proportion to its degree and its effect upon the health and welfare of the dog.
Notes Male animals should have two apparently normal testicles fully descended into the scrotum.

Last Update: 12 Mar 2012

Bloodhound

General AppearanceNoble and dignified expression, characterised by solemnity, wisdom and power.
CharacteristicsPossesses in a most marked degree every point and characteristic of those dogs which hunt together by scent (Sagaces). Very powerful, standing over more ground than is usual with hounds of other breeds. Skin relatively loose.
Temperament Affectionate, neither quarrelsome with companions nor with other dogs. Somewhat reserved and sensitive.
Head And SkullHead narrow in proportion to length and long in proportion to body, tapering slightly from temples to muzzle, thus when viewed from above and in front having an appearance of being flattened at sides and of being nearly equal in width throughout entire length. In profile upper outline of skull is nearly in same plane as that of foreface. Length from end of nose to stop not less than that from that from stop to back of occipital protuberance. Entire length of head from posterior part of occipital protuberance to end of muzzle 30cms (12 ins) or more in dogs and 28cms (11 ins) or more in bitches. Skull is long and narrow, with occipital peak pronounced. Foreface long, deep and of even width throughout, with square outlines when seen in profile. Head furnished with only a small amount of loose skin. Nostrils large and open. In front, lips falling squarely making a right angle with upper line of foreface.
Eyes Medium size, dark brown or hazel, neither sunken nor prominent, the lids being oval in shape and meeting the cornea (front window of the eye) perfectly without any irregularity in their contour. Eyes should be free from any interference from the eyelashes. Signs of any obvious eye irritation must be heavily penalised.
EarsThin and soft to the touch, long, set on low and falling in graceful folds, lower parts curling inwards and backwards.
MouthJaws strong with a perfect, regular and complete scissor bite, i.e. Upper teeth closely overlapping lower teeth and set square to the jaws.
NeckLong.
ForequartersShoulders muscular and well sloped. Forelegs straight, large, round in bone with elbows well set in. Pasterns strong.
Body Ribs well sprung, chest well let down between forelegs forming a deep keel. Back and loins strong, the latter deep and slightly arched.
HindquartersThighs and second thighs very muscular. Hocks well let down, bent and squarely set.
FeetStrong and well knuckled up.
Tail(Stern) Long, thick, tapering to a point, set high with moderate amount of hair underneath. Carried scimitar fashion, but not curled over back or corkscrew any time. When moving carried high.
Gait/MovementElastic, swinging free.
CoatSmooth, short and weatherproof.
Colour Black and tan, liver and tan (red and tan) and red. Darker colours sometimes interspersed with lighter or badger coloured hair and sometimes flecked with white. Smalt amount of white permissible on chest, feet and tip of tail.
SizesHeight:
Adult dogs 66 cms (26 ins)
Adult bitches 61 cms (24 ins)
Dogs usually vary from 63-69 cms (25-27 ins)
Bitches usually vary from 58-63 cms (23-25 ins)

Mean average weight:
Adult Dogs 41 kgs (90 lbs) in fair condition.
Adult Bitches 36 kgs (80 lbs) in fair condition.
Dogs attain the weight of 50 kgs (110 lbs).
Bitches attain the weight of 45.5 kgs (100 lbs).

Hounds of the maximum height and weight preferred, providing that quality, proportion and balance combine.
FaultsAny departure from the foregoing points should be considered a fault and the seriousness with which the fault should be regarded should be in exact proportion to its degree and its effect upon the health and welfare of the dog.
NotesMale animals should have two apparently normal testicles fully descended into the scrotum.
Last Update: 22 May 2009

Harrier

(See Photos below)

General AppearanceThe points of the modern Harrier are very similar to those of the Foxhound. The Harrier however is smaller than the Foxhound: the most popular size is 19 to 21 inches (48.26 to 53.34 cm) Proportion - is off square. The Harrier is slightly longer from point of shoulder to rear projection of the upper thigh than from withers to ground. He is active, well balanced, full of strength and quality.
CharacteristicsA natural ability to hunt. Normally hunted on horse, but slower in pace than the Foxhound enabling him to be followed on foot.
TemperamentFriendly and not aggressive. Essentially a Pack Hound.
Head And Skull Medium size. Slight Stop; eyebrows very prominent, giving the appearance of a bold forehead with plenty of expression. Skull well balanced, slightly rounded with a slight occiput and of medium width. Muzzle in balance with skull, neither snipy nor truncated, the flews of the upper lip just cover the under jaw. The nostrils large.
EyesMedium size, set well apart, brown or hazel colour in darker dogs, lighter hazel in lighter coloured dogs, though darker eye colours are always desired.
EarsLeathers pendent, with the leading edge lying close to the cheeks. Set on just above the level of the eye. The ears may be raised when alert.
Mouth Jaws strong with a perfect, regular and complete scissor bite: ie. Upper teeth closely overlapping lower teeth and set square to the jaws.
NeckOf ample length, well arched, well developed without being coarse. Clean and tapering.
Forequarters Shoulders well laid back, sloping into muscles of back. Clean and not loaded. Forelegs long, straight and well boned down to feet, but not overburdened. Pasterns strong with slight indication of spring. Point of elbows set away from the ribs, running parallel with the body and neither turning inwards nor outwards.
Body Chest deep, ribs well sprung and running well back with plenty of heart room. Back broad and level, not dipping behind the withers, slight arching over the loin.
Hindquarters Powerful, with muscular first and second thighs. Stifles well angled. Hocks well let down and viewed from behind, stand square. Well boned down to feet.
FeetNeither too tight nor too round. Well padded with well arched toes. Nails strong. Dewclaws optional.
TailIn balance with the rest of the dog, set high and carried up from 12 o'clock to 3 o'clock, depending on attitude. The tail is strong at the butt; tapers to a point. Tail is well covered with hair, especially on underside where the hair is slightly longer. The tail should not be curled over the back.
Gait/MovementFree, long striding tireless movement. Good reach in front without high action. Good drive behind with no inclination to roll.
CoatShort, dense, hard and glossy. Weatherproof.
Colour Any recognised hound colour and markings. Usually with a white tip on the stem.
SizesHeight 48.26 to 53.34 cm. (19 to 21 inches).
Faults Any departure from the foregoing points should be considered a fault and the seriousness with which the fault should be regarded should be in exact proportion to its degree and its effect upon the health and welfare of the dog.
NotesMales animals should have two apparently normal testicles fully descended into the scrotum.

Photos showing some Harrier Champions

Waverley Harriers – Best Resricted Dog Hound

Pendle Forest & Craven Harriers – Best Couple Harrier Bitches

Pendle Forest & Craven Harriers – Champion Dog Hound

High Peak Harriers – Best Bitch Couple

Dunstan Harriers – Best Stallion Hound

Aldenham Harriers – Best Entered Bitch

Champion Harrier Taunton Vale Laura

Best Couple Harrier Bitches Axe Vale Tangle & Tash

Dunstan Harriers – Best Brood Bitch

Best Harrier Reserve Champion Dark Vale & S. Pool Winston

HOUNDS

Identification

  • Only registered scent trailing hounds will be used to flush or trail sambar deer.
  • No aggressive hounds to be used.
  • These hounds are to be microchipped and assessed against the breed standards (Bloodhound, Harrier, and Beagle).
  • Members will provide proper identification and contact information on all of their hounds, as per the Regulations.
  • Members will firmly insist other hound owners will abide by this conduct

Welfare and Breeding

  • Hounds will be accommodated in clean and warm kennels.
  • The overall health of the hounds will be paramount and members are to ensure the hounds receive regular veterinary attention.
  • Members are to also ensure the hounds are well fed and are in suitable physical condition for hunting.
  • Hounds are to be transported in humane conditions.
  • Hounds are not be used in conditions that are conducive to heat exhaustion.
  • Hounds are to have access to fresh water at all times, including during any time spent in hunting camps.
  • Hounds are only bred for the purpose of replacing old hounds; they are not to be bred for commercial purposes.
  • Excessive numbers of pups are not to be produced.
  • Members will firmly insist other hound owners will abide by this conduct

Recovery

  • Members will work diligently to retrieve hounds by the end of the hunt recognizing it is our moral and ethical responsibility to retrieve every hound as quickly as possible.
  • If members cannot locate a hound by the end of the hunt, they are to do their best to retrieve it as quickly thereafter as reasonably achievable.
  • Members will not abandon any hound and will not tolerate any one who does.
  • When a member of the public finds a lost hound the team leader should ensure that the hound is picked up promptly and that appropriate reward be offered.
  • Members will firmly insist other hound owners will abide by this conduct

Hunt Management

  • When planning the hunt, the team leader should give consideration to the proximity of any hound hunting areas that are areas of high use by the general public and avoid such areas.
  • Parallel or co-ordinated hunts by two or more teams are not to be undertaken.
  • Under no circumstances should fresh hounds be introduced into the hunt.
  • When hunting, hounds must trail the deer, scent, voice and not attack the deer.
  • Members will firmly insist other hound owners will abide by this conduct

Deer

  • Only deer that can be utilized should be shot.
  • A hind should not be hunted if it is thought that it is in fawn or it had a fawn nearby and the fawn is too young to survive alone.
  • When the deer is shot the whole animal should be removed from the bush and utilised.
  • If this is not possible then every effort should be made to carry out as much venison as possible.
  • Deer should not be hunted from a boat or vehicle.
  • Deer must be hunted with no less than the minimum calibre required by law being .270 calibre.

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