Description and Official Standard of FCI Basset Hound
Basset Hound FCI Breed Standard No. 163
PUBLICATION DATE PREVIOUS STANDARD
Group 6. Hounds and related breeds.
Section 1.3. Small hounds.
With performance tests.
In the photo: bAsset Hound at the exhibition
GENERAL APPEARANCE: Short-legged hound of massive build, well balanced, full of dignity.
BEHAVIOR AND TEMPERAMENT: A viscous hound of ancient origin, which hunts with the help of the lower instincts, has a flocking instinct and a strong melodious voice, able to work in the field with great stamina. Peaceful, never aggressive and not cowardly. Affectionate.
HEAD: The lines of the forehead and muzzle are almost parallel. The muzzle is not much longer than the skull. There may be a moderate amount of wrinkles around the eyes and eyebrows. In any case, the scalp is loose enough to wrinkle noticeably when pulling forward or lowering the head.
CRANIAL BOX: The skull is convex, with a protruding occipital bone, moderately wide in the area of the eyebrows and slightly tapering towards the muzzle.
Transition from forehead to muzzle: Moderate.
Nose: Absolutely black, except for light-colored dogs, when a brown or lightened nose is possible. Large and well-opened nostrils, the nose can protrude slightly forward.
Muzzle: The general view of the forceps is narrow, but not light.
Lips: Bleaky upper lips substantially overlap the lower lips.
Jaws and teeth: The jaws are strong, with a perfect, regular and fully scissor bite, i.e. the upper incisors closely overlap the lower ones and stand perpendicular to the jaws.
EYES: Diamond-shaped, neither convex nor deepened, dark, but may be medium-brown in light-colored dogs. The look is calm and serious. The conjunctiva of the lower eyelid is visible, although not excessively. Light or yellow eyes are extremely undesirable.
Ears: Set on low, below the line of the eyes. Long muzzles extending beyond the end are of the correct length, but not excessively. Narrow along the entire length and twisting into a tube very elastic, thin and velvet in structure.
NECK: Muscular, convex and rather long, with a pronounced but not exaggerated suspension.
HEAD: Stretched and deep along the entire length, the height at the withers and the height at the sacrum are approximately equal.
Back: Horizontal and fairly wide. From the withers to the Macloca, not excessively long.
Loin: May be slightly convex.
Chest: The front of the chest when viewed from the front fits neatly into the bends of the limbs. The sternum protrudes, but the chest is neither narrow nor excessively deep. Ribs are barrel-shaped and springy, not sticking out, laid back.
TAIL: Well set, quite long, strong at the base, tapering, with a moderate amount of hair on the underside. In motion, the gon holds up and is slightly bent, saber-shaped, rigid-elastic, never twisted.
FRONT: The front legs are short, massive, with a strong skeleton. Wrinkled skin on the lower legs.
Shoulders: Shoulder blades oblique shoulders not burdened.
Forearm: Slightly approaching from top to bottom, but not so as to interfere with free movements, and not allowing the legs to touch each other neither in the stance, nor in movement.
Metacarpus: Kozinets is extremely undesirable.
REAR: Filled with muscles, a long croup produces an almost spherical effect when viewed from the back. Wrinkles may appear on the skin of the metatarsus, and behind the hock joint there is a slight crease as a result of loose skin.
Knees: With well-defined angles of the joints.
Metatarsus: Short and slightly tilted under the dog, but not in or out, and only set in a natural stance.
FEET: Massive, arched and with developed pads. The front paws can be directed straight ahead or in a small size, but in any case the dog is always absolutely right, the weight is evenly supported by the fingertips so that the paw leaves an imprint of a large hound, and there would be no areas of the paw outside the pads that come in contact with the ground .
GAIT / MOVEMENT: Very important. Smooth, free movements, with a good reach of the front and a powerful push of the hind limbs, the dog moves equally correctly. The hocks and knees are never connected in motion, no fingers should drag along the ground.
HAIR: Smooth, short and dense, not too thin hair. In general, the appearance is clear and devoid of frills.Longhaired, non-adhering hair with hair is extremely undesirable.
COLOR: Usually three-color - black and white in blush; two-color - red-white, but any color recognized by hounds is acceptable.
Height at withers: 33-38 cm (13-15 inches).
DEFECTS: Any deviation from the above points should be considered as a flaw or vice depending on the severity.
NOTE: Male animals should have two apparently normal testicles fully descended into the scrotum.