THE FOXHOUND DOG

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THE FOXHOUND DOG

Foxhounds were the very first of the canine races in Great Britain to return under the domination of scientific breeding.
THE FOXHOUND DOG


There had been hounds of more ancient origin, as the Southern  Hound and therefore the Bloodhound; but something different was wanted towards the top of the seventeenth century to hunt the wild deer that had become somewhat scattered after Cromwell's warfare. 

The demand was consequently for a quicker hound than those hitherto known, and folks dedicated to the chase began to breed it.

Head:- Somewhat broad, not peaked just like the Bloodhound, but long from the apex to the frontal bones, eyebrows very prominent, cheeks cut clean from the attention to the nostril, ears set low and in their natural condition thin and comely, but not large, nose large, jaw strong and level, and tiny dewlaps, expression fierce, and with the most effective often repellent.

Eyes:- Very bright and deeply set, filled with determination, and with a  very steady expression. the planning of the Foxhound is incredibly remarkable.

The neck Should be perfectly clean, with no skin ruffle whatever. The length of the neck is of importance, both for stooping and giving an air of splendor.  

Shoulders:- The blades should be into the rear and may slant, rather be wide and powerful, to fulfill the arms, that ought to belong and powerful.  

 Legs and feet:- The bone should be perfectly straight from the arm downward and descend within the same degree of size to the ankles. The knee should be almost flat and level; there should be no curve until coming to the toes, which should be very strong, round, cat-shaped, and each toe clean set because it was.   

Coat:- The coat is tough hair, but short and smooth, the feel is as stiff as bristles, but beautifully laid.   

Colour:- Belvoir tan, which is brown and black, perfectly intermixed, with white markings of varied shapes and sizes. The white should be very opaque and clear. Black and white, with tan markings on the top and stifles. Badger pied a form of grey and white. Lemon pied, light yellow and white. Hare pied, a darker yellow and white.   

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