The General Appearance

A sturdy, compactly built hound, conveying the impression of quality without coarseness.



The Characteristics

A merry hound whose essential function is to hunt, primarily hare, by following a scent. Bold, with great activity, stamina and determination. Alert, intelligent and of even temperament.



The Temperament

Amiable and alert, showing no aggression or timidity.



The Head and Skull

Fair length, powerful without being coarse, finer in the bitch, free from frown and wrinkle. Skull slightly domed, moderately wide, with slight peak. Stop well defined and dividing length, between occiput and tip of nose, as equally as possible. Muzzle not snipy, lips reasonably well flewed. Nose broad, preferably black, but less pigmentation permissible in lighter coloured hounds. Nostrils wide.



The Eyes

Dark brown or hazel, fairly large, not deep set or prominent, set well apart with mild, appealing expression.



The Ears

Long, with rounded tip, reaching nearly to end of nose when drawn out.

Set on low, fine in texture and hanging gracefully close to cheeks.



The Mouth

The jaws should be strong, with a perfect, regular and complete scissor bite, i.e. upper teeth closely overlapping lower teeth and set square to the jaws.



The Neck

Sufficiently long to enable hound to come down easily to scent, slightly arched and showing little dewlap.



The Forequarters

Shoulders well laid back, not loaded. Forelegs straight and upright well under the hound, good substance, and round in bone, not tapering off to feet. Pasterns short. Elbows firm, turning neither in nor out.

Height to elbow about half height at withers.



The Body

Topline straight and level. Chest let down to below elbow. Ribs well sprung and extending well back. Short in the couplings but well balanced. Loins powerful and supple, without excessive tuck-up.



THe Hindquarters

Muscular thighs. Stifles well bent. Hocks firm, well let down and parallel to each other.



The Feet

Tight and firm. Well knuckled up and strongly padded. Not hare-footed. Nails short.



The Tail

Sturdy, moderately long. Set on high, carried gaily but not curled over back or inclined forward from root.

Well covered with hair, especially on underside.



The Gait/Movement

Back level, firm with no indication of roll. Stride free, long-reaching in front and straight without high action;

hindlegs showing drive. Should not move close behind nor paddle nor plait in front.



The Coat

Short, dense and weatherproof.



The Colour

Tricolour (black, tan and white), blue, white and tan; badger pied; hare pied; lemon pied;

lemon and white; red and white; tan and white; black and white; all white.

With the exception of all white, all the above mentioned colours can be found as mottle.

No other colours are permissible. Tip of stern white.



The Size

Desirable minimum height at withers: 33 cms (13 ins). Desirable maximum height at withers: 40 cms (16 ins).




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 and on the dog’s ability to perform its traditional work.


Not: The male beagles should have two apparently normal testicles fully descended into the scrotum.



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