FCI-Standard N° 30
ORIGIN : France.
DATE OF PUBLICATION OF THE OFFICIAL VALID
STANDARD : 19.10.1964.
UTILIZATION : Scenthound.
FCI CLASSIFICATION : Group 6 Scenthounds and related breeds.
Section 1.2 Medium sized hounds
With working trial.
GENERAL APPEARANCE : Hunting dog for small game (
driving game to waiting guns ), very distinguished, very French
looking and showing top quality in all details of its structure.
HEAD : Must be very typical, lean and finely sculptured ; rather
CRANIAL REGION :
Skull : Wide at the top between the leathers, occipital protuberance
rounded. The forehead is flat, with a median furrow not too much
Stop : Marked, without exaggeration.
FACIAL REGION :
Nose : Well developed and very black. Nostrils well open.
Muzzle : Of good length, neither square nor pointed; the nasal
bridge, at first straight, ends very slightly arched.
Lips : The upper lip covers the lower without being drooping or
thick. Mucous membranes black.
Eyes : Normally developed, dark in appearance, well sheltered under
the superciliary arches. Expression intelligent and sweet.
Leahters : Leather thin, well curled inwards, ending rather in a point,
reaching the end of the muzzle. Set on narrow, never above the line
of the eye.
NECK : Fairly long, light, showing a little dewlap of tense and lean
Back : Withers well prominent, back broad and straight.
Loins : Wide, very muscular, well coupled, not excessive in length.
Croup : Slightly slanting; haunches placed well apart and slightly
Chest : Average width, but deep.
Ribs : Corresponding to the chest described above, rather long
without being flat.
Flanks : Slightly tucked up, but full.
TAIL : Well attached, fairly strong at the root, thinning at the tip, of
average length. Without any longer and coarser, slightly offstanding
hairs ( like ears of grain ). Carried slightly curved.
FOREQUARTERS : Forelegs fairly long, lean but not too fine;
straight and parallel; tendons well attached.
Shoulders : Constructed for gallop, long, well sloping, well muscled
without being heavy.
Feet : Typical for a French hound, with rather elongated and fine but
tight toes; pads hard and tough.
Thighs : Well descending; muscles very apparent and clean; of
moderately strong development.
Hocks : Strong and well let down, normally angulated.
GAIT/MOVEMENT : Lively and gay; gallop light and tireless.
SKIN : Fine and supple, marbled with numerous black spots.
HAIR : Smooth, thin, close lying and shining ; without bare patches.
COLOUR : Very white, with roundish orange spots, never extended
to a mantle. These spots usually superimpose other black pigmented
spots of the skin. Orange ticking on the ears is highly characteristic
of the breed.
Height :For dogs between 55 and 58 cm( 22 to 23,5 inches)
For bitches between 53 and 56 cm( 21,5 to 22,5 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.
ELIMINATING FAULTS :
• Aggressive or overly shy.
• Any dog clearly showing physical or behavioural abnormalities
shall be disqualified.
• Lack of type.
• Eyes or nose light; excessive lack of pigment.
• Tail furnished with some longer and coarser, slightly offstanding
hairs ( like ears of grain).
• Coat harsh and thick.
• Orange mantle.
• Orange spots too bright, tending to mahogany, greyish or mingled
with black hairs. Distinct orange spots but too pale, and even the
absence of spots are not sought after, but are not considered as a
• Excess or lack of height at withers. An exeption may be made for
males which, excelling in their quality and therefore capable of
being used at stud, reach the maximum height of 60 cm
• Any fault affecting the utilization of the dog, as rickets, lack of a
correct stance, insufficient reach of the movement.
• Male animals should have two apparently normal testicles fully
descended into the scrotum.
• Only functionally and clinically healthy dogs, with breed
typical conformation should be used for breeding.
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