Billy is a well constructed hound, strong, yet light; forequarters more powerful than hindquarters.
FCI-Standard N°25 / 24.04.1997. / GB
TRANSLATION : Mrs. Kincaid, brought up to date by Dr. Paschoud.
ORIGIN : France.
DATE OF PUBLICATION OF THE ORIGINAL VALID STANDARD : 28.12.1973.
UTILIZATION : Hound.
CLASSIFICATION F.C.I. : Group 6 Scenthounds and related breeds.
Section 1.1 Large sized hounds. With working trial.
GENERAL APPEARANCE : Well constructed hound, strong, yet light; forequarters more powerful than hindquarters.
HEAD : Fairly fine, lean, of medium length.
CRANIAL REGION :
Skull : Forehead slightly domed, not very broad; occipital protuberance perceptible.
Stop : Well defined.
FACIAL REGION :
Nose : Well developed, black or red-brown.
Muzzle : Rather square. Nasal bridge fairly broad; first straight, then slightly arched, moderately long.
Lips : Slightly or not at all in form of flews, the upper lip covering the lower without overhanging fleshiness; corner of the lips often visible.
Eyes : Alert, very open and dark, eyerims black or brown.
Leathers : Of medium size, set on relatively high for a French hound, rather flat, in the lower section turning slightly inwards.
NECK : Of medium length, rather round, somewhat strong; a slight dewlap is permitted.
Back : Rather wide, strong, slightly arched.
Loin : Wide, slightly arched.
Croup : Sloping.
Chest : Very deep, quite narrow.
Ribs : Flat.
Flank : Fairly long, with a slight tuck-up.
TAIL : Long, strong, sometimes slightly feathered.
FOREQUARTERS : Strong, vertical stance, flat bones.
Shoulders : Fairly long, lying close to the chest.
Thighs : Moderately muscled.
Hocks : Slightly bent, wide and strong.
Feet : Well developed, rather round; toes tight.
GAIT/MOVEMENT : Gallops easily.
SKIN : White, sometimes with deep brown or almost black spots; supple and fine.
HAIR : Short, harsh to the touch, often slightly coarse.
COLOUR : Pure white or milk-cofee white, or white with light orange or lemon patches or mantle.
SIZE : For dogs : 60-70 cm.
For bitches : 58-62 cm.
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.
ELIMINATING FAULTS :
Aggressive or overly shy.
Nasal bridge too short, too long or too slim.
Pronounced overshot mouth; such a dog must be stristly disqualified; however a dog with a slightly overshot mouth (1/2 cm) has not to be eliminated.
Black or red hair.
Any dog clearly showing physical or behavioural abnormalities shall be disqualified.
N.B. : Male animals should have two apparently normal testicles fully descended into the scrotum.