THE BASSET HOUND
Illustrated Standard

(AUSTRALIAN BREED STANDARD AND EXTENSION)

ESSENCE OF THE BREED
CHARACTERISTICS GENERAL APPEARANCE
TEMPERAMENT HEAD AND SKULL EYES EARS MOUTH NECK
FOREQUARTERS BODY HINDQUARTERS FEET TAIL GAIT/MOVEMENT
FORM & FUNCTION COAT COLOUR SIZE HISTORY ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS

Drawings from the Japanese Illustrated Standard by Yoko Yamamoto

MOVEMENT

Most important to ensure that the hound is fit for purpose. Smooth, powerful and effortless action with the forelegs reaching well forward and hind legs showing powerful thrust, hound moving true both front and rear. Hocks and stifles never stiff in movement, nor must any toes be dragged.

Look for the following:

    • Speed should be comfortable for the individual dog.
    • Find the hounds with smooth, powerful, effortless movement.
    • Look for a level topline in motion.
    • Look for balanced reach and drive.

“Going Away”

    • Hind legs are parallel (The does not single track).
    • The hind feet follow in line with the front feet.
    • Hocks are well bent.

Going away faults include traveling close, cowhocks, bowed legs, stiffness of action, out at elbow.

“Coming Back”

    • Front legs do not paddle, weave or overlap.
    • There is no single tracking

Common faults coming toward you include crossing over, paddling, excessive paw lift and moving wide.

NB: The Basset Hound possesses in marked degree those characteristics which equip it admirably to follow a trail over and through difficult terrain.” The Basset must be an agile mover (that is, in no sense clumsy) and capable of great endurance in the field. Judging a Basset’s movement is therefore of utmost importance.


Good agile movement

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Form Following Function In The Basset Hound

    • When head is lowered, loose skin falls into brow wrinkles to protect face from sharp vegetation. Eyes are deep-set for protection.
    • Long, pendulous ears help stir up the scent. Pronounced dewlap, which are folds under the chin, trap and hold scent.
    • Large nose for trailing game. Long neck to get nose to ground.
    • Wrap-around front supports low, heavy body. Slightly turned out feet aid balance.
    • A prominent pro-sternum is part of a long, smooth ribcage, which houses a strong heart and lungs, necessary for tracking for long periods of time.
    • Short legs useful in dense cover and for hunters following on foot.
    • Massive paws for steadiness.
    • Strong hindquarters to cover ground with strength and endurance.
    • Gaily carried tail for ease of spotting hound in tall grass.
    • Good angulation front and rear (90 degrees is ideal) is necessary for efficiency of movement and endurance through difficult terrain.Smooth, water-repellant, weather-resistant coat.
    • Smooth, water-repellant, weather-resistant coat.

The above points are the Hallmarks of the breed!


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Illustrated Standard prepared by Judy Horton – (All Breeds judge) for the VicJudge’s website Australia
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