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The Standard...By which ALL Beagles are measured

A Beagle may be ANY TRUE HOUND COLOR
While not all colours or patterns are displayed here, those pictured are all active in the show ring.
All dogs pictured are bredéowned by a member of BCC

TRI COLOUR
Most commonly seen with a prominant black saddle, an open mark with lots of white markings is still acceptable in the show ring and the colour pattern should not be penalized.

RED AND WHITE


As it sounds, markings range from a rich red to a pale lemon colour.

Narkings again may be open marked or with a solid blanket of colour. 

THE DILUTES


Beagles carry a dilution gene which creates Blue and Chocolate.

Blue is most commonly seen on a tri colour beagle but can also be on red and white.

The ring is starting to see and reward more and more blues as breeders have started showcasing more of them, chocolates however have not risen in popularity.

General Appearance


A miniature Foxhound, solid and big for his inches, with the wear-andtear
look of the hound that can last in the chase and follow his quarry to
the death.


Size


There shall be two varieties:
• 13 inches (33 cm) – which shall be for hounds not exceeding
13 inches (33 cm) in height;
• 15 inches (38 cm) – which shall be for hounds over 13 inches (33 cm)
but not exceeding 15 inches (38 cm) in height.


Coat and Colour


A close, hard, hound coat of medium length. Any true hound colour.

(See left for the most common beagle colours)


Head


The skull should be fairly long, slightly domed at occiput, with cranium
broad and full. Muzzle of medium length - straight and square-cut, the
stop moderately defined. Nostrils large and open. Jaws level. Lips free
from flews. Eyes large, set well apart – soft and hound-like – expression
gentle and pleading; of a brown or hazel colour. Ears set on moderately
low, long, reaching when drawn out nearly, if not quite, to the end 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, rounded at tip.


Neck


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, may be allowable.


Forequarters


Shoulders sloping – clean, muscular, not heavy or loaded – conveying the
idea of freedom of action with activity and strength. Forelegs straight,
with plenty of bone in proportion to size of the hound. Pasterns short
and straight. Feet close, round, and firm. Pad full and hard.


Body


Back short, muscular, and strong. Chest deep and broad, but not broad
enough to interfere with the free play of the shoulders. Loin broad and
slightly arched, and the ribs well sprung, giving abundance of lung room.

 

Hindquarters


Hips and thighs strong and well muscled, giving abundance of propelling
power. Stifles strong and well let down. Hocks firm, symmetrical, and
moderately bent. Feet close and firm.


Tail


Set moderately high; carried gaily, but not turned forward over the back;
with slight curve; short as compared with size of the hound; with brush.


Faults


A short, thin coat, or of a soft quality. A very flat skull, narrow across the
top; excess of dome, eyes small, sharp and terrier-like, or prominent and
protruding; muzzle long, snipey or cut away decidedly below the eyes, or
very short. Roman-nosed, or upturned, giving a dish-faced expression.
Ears short, set on high or with a tendency to rise above the point of
origin. 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
“throatiness.” Straight, upright shoulders. Out at elbows. Knees
knuckled over forward, or bent backward. Forelegs crooked or
Dachshund-like. Feet long, open or spreading. Very long or swayed or
roached back. Chest disproportionately wide or with lack of depth. Flat,
narrow loins. Flat ribs. Cow-hocks or straight hocks. Lack of muscle and
propelling power. Open feet. A long tail. Teapot curve or inclined
forward from the root. Rat tail with absence of brush.


Disqualification


Any hound measuring more than 15 inches (38 cm) shall be disqualified.


Scale of Points


Head
Skull.........................................................................................5
Ears........................................................................................10
Eyes. ........................................................................................5
Muzzle.....................................................................................5............25
Body
Neck ........................................................................................5
Chest and shoulders..............................................................15
Back, loin and ribs. ...............................................................15............35

Running Gear
Forelegs..................................................................................10
Hips, thighs and hind legs ....................................................10
Feet ........................................................................................10............30
Coat .........................................................................................5
Stern ........................................................................................5............10
TOTAL 100


Canadian Kennel Club Official Breed Standards
GROUP II HOUNDS II-4