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Beagle Some judging tips
Standard <ul><li>Original Standard written in 1884  </li></ul><ul><li>(Current standard in 1957).  </li></ul><ul><li>Very ...
GENERAL APPPEARANCE <ul><li>A miniature Foxhound, solid and  big for his inches , with the wear-and–tear look of the hound...
Head, Front & Topline <ul><li>If you can learn just 4 things today, you will be well on your way to judging Beagles. </li>...
<ul><li>Obviously there is much more to a beagle, but these are the four problem areas in the breed today. </li></ul>
THE HEAD <ul><li>It is all in the balance and the expression.  </li></ul>
The balance <ul><li>A skull that is fairly long and a muzzle of medium length.  </li></ul><ul><li>Most breeders will ask f...
The expression <ul><li>You should look at a beagle’s head and say, “Ahh how pretty”. Not “Oh my, you look like a guard dog...
FRONT ASSEMBLEY   <ul><li>You must have some forechest </li></ul><ul><li>Good length of upper arm. </li></ul><ul><li>Must ...
TOPLINES   <ul><li>Back Short, Loin slightly arched.  </li></ul><ul><li>Be very careful with these two phrases.   </li></u...
<ul><li>Tail set moderately high .  </li></ul><ul><li>The English Beagle standard and the English Foxhound standard both a...
BALANCE <ul><li>The Beagle is a little longer than tall (when measured from point of shoulder to point of buttocks)  not m...
MOVEMENT  (not mentioned in the standard) <ul><li>But is important in a dog made to hunt all day in the field </li></ul><u...
Good Movement, front and rear
Good front movement
Good rear movement Good Extension
Good reach and drive
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Judging beagle tips website

  1. 1. Beagle Some judging tips
  2. 2. Standard <ul><li>Original Standard written in 1884 </li></ul><ul><li>(Current standard in 1957). </li></ul><ul><li>Very little change. </li></ul>
  3. 3. GENERAL APPPEARANCE <ul><li>A miniature Foxhound, solid and big for his inches , with the wear-and–tear look of the hound that can last in the chase and follow his quarry to it’s death . </li></ul>
  4. 4. Head, Front & Topline <ul><li>If you can learn just 4 things today, you will be well on your way to judging Beagles. </li></ul><ul><li>What is a good head? </li></ul><ul><li>What is good front assembly? </li></ul><ul><li>What is a good topline? </li></ul><ul><li>What is good movement? </li></ul>
  5. 5. <ul><li>Obviously there is much more to a beagle, but these are the four problem areas in the breed today. </li></ul>
  6. 6. THE HEAD <ul><li>It is all in the balance and the expression. </li></ul>
  7. 7. The balance <ul><li>A skull that is fairly long and a muzzle of medium length. </li></ul><ul><li>Most breeders will ask for parallel planes. </li></ul><ul><li>The muzzle should be straight and square cut with stop moderately defined. </li></ul>
  8. 8. The expression <ul><li>You should look at a beagle’s head and say, “Ahh how pretty”. Not “Oh my, you look like a guard dog”. </li></ul><ul><li>Expression gentle and pleading the two things that contribute to this are ear set and large eyes (dark brown or hazel) with a soft expression. </li></ul><ul><li>The ears in repose should be on a level with the corner of the eye. They should be long and rounded at the tips with the forward edge slightly in turning to the cheek; reaching when drawn out nearly, if not quite, to the end of the nose </li></ul><ul><li>Judge expression on the table, All beagles will raise their ears when alert or baited. The forehead should be clean (no frown or wrinkle). </li></ul>
  9. 9. FRONT ASSEMBLEY <ul><li>You must have some forechest </li></ul><ul><li>Good length of upper arm. </li></ul><ul><li>Must be free moving and should have reach and drive. </li></ul><ul><li>Value those who have good layback and can move properly. </li></ul><ul><li>A Beagle needs a neck of medium length to enable the hound to come down to the scent. </li></ul>
  10. 10. TOPLINES <ul><li>Back Short, Loin slightly arched. </li></ul><ul><li>Be very careful with these two phrases. </li></ul><ul><li>Do not accept short rib cages and a long loin in a short body. This is working hound that needs heart & lung room, to last in the chase. </li></ul><ul><li>The “slightly arched loin” is from muscle development along the backline at the loin. This can be seen when viewed from side and felt on examination. . (It does not mean a roach or a low set tail) </li></ul>
  11. 11. <ul><li>Tail set moderately high . </li></ul><ul><li>The English Beagle standard and the English Foxhound standard both ask for a level topline. </li></ul><ul><li>This would be preferred to the undulating toplines we have today. </li></ul><ul><li>A good topline with fair length of rib cage and short coupling are essential as is some tuck-up at the loin. Excessive tuck-up is wrong. </li></ul><ul><li>Short coupling refers to the length of loin - which should be in balance with the whole dog. </li></ul>
  12. 12. BALANCE <ul><li>The Beagle is a little longer than tall (when measured from point of shoulder to point of buttocks) not mentioned in standard </li></ul><ul><li>Height to the elbow is about half the height at the withers. </li></ul><ul><li>Chest should come down to the elbow. </li></ul>
  13. 13. MOVEMENT (not mentioned in the standard) <ul><li>But is important in a dog made to hunt all day in the field </li></ul><ul><li>From the side </li></ul><ul><li>The motion should appear effortless, efficient, and ground-covering. </li></ul><ul><li>Good reach of front legs. </li></ul><ul><li>Viewed from the front </li></ul><ul><li>The forelegs should move straight forward in parallel planes. The hind foot should almost be hidden by front leg. </li></ul><ul><li>Viewed from the rear </li></ul><ul><li>Hocks should move perpendicularly to the ground. Front legs should almost be hidden by rear legs. </li></ul>
  14. 14. Good Movement, front and rear
  15. 15. Good front movement
  16. 16. Good rear movement Good Extension
  17. 17. Good reach and drive

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