Height at the withers: Males 58 – 64 cm, Females 58 – 64 cm
Average weight: Males 29 – 32 kg, Females 29 – 32 kg
The Foxhound is a large, handsome dog and one that has a lot of presence about them. They are well balanced dogs that boast an alert, keen expression. Their heads are nicely balanced in relation to the rest of their bodies. They have long, square muzzles and their nostrils are large with dogs having a slight stop, and nicely well-developed flews. Their eyes are usually hazel or brown and medium in size with Foxhounds always having a keen, alert expression in them.
Their ears are long and hang down close to a hound’s head being set high. The Foxhound has a strong jaw with a perfect scissor bite where their upper teeth neatly overlap their lower ones. They have long, well developed necks which are slightly arched. Shoulders are muscular, well laid back. Front legs are straight, well boned and long.
A Foxhound has an athletic body with a deep chest and well sprung ribs. Their backs are level and broad rising slightly over a dog’s strong loins. Hindquarters are muscular and strong, with dogs having powerful, well-muscled back legs. Their feet are strong, tight and round being well padded and with strong nails. Tails are set high which hounds always carry gaily.
When it comes to their coat, Foxhounds boast having short, dense coats which offer a tremendous amount of protection from the elements. The accepted breed colours for Kennel Club registration are as follows:
- Badger Pied
- Badger Pied Mottle
- Black & White
- Black & White Mottle
- Blue White & Tan
- Blue White & Tan Mottle
- Hare Pied
- Hare Pied Mottle
- Lemon & White
- Lemon & White Mottle
- Lemon Pied
- Lemon Pied Mottle
- Red & White
- Red & White Mottle
- Tan & White
- Tan & White Mottle
- Tricolour Mottle
It is worth noting that the accepted breed colours for Kennel Club registration can differ from those set out in the breed standard.
When a Foxhound moves, they do so with free-moving strides and exhibit tireless stamina at the gallop and powerful drive from behind.
The Kennel Club frowns on any exaggerations or departures from the breed standard and would judge the faults on how much they affect a dog’s overall health and wellbeing as well as their ability to perform.
Males should have both testicles fully descended into their scrotums and it is worth noting that a dog can be a little lighter or heavier as well as slightly taller or shorter than set out in the Kennel Club breed standard which is only given as a guideline.