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<ul><li> 1. Beagle Some judging tips</li></ul> <p> 2. Standard </p> <ul><li>Original Standard written in 1884</li></ul> <ul><li>(Current standard in 1957).</li></ul> <ul><li>Very little change. </li></ul> <p> 3. GENERAL APPPEARANCE </p> <ul><li>A miniature Foxhound, solid andbig for his inches , with the wear-andtear look of the houndthat can last in the chaseandfollow his quarry to its death . </li></ul> <p> 4. Head, Front &amp; Topline </p> <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> <p> 5. </p> <ul><li>Obviously there is much more to a beagle, but these are the four problem areas in the breed today. </li></ul> <p> 6. THE HEAD </p> <ul><li>It is all in the balance and the expression.</li></ul> <p> 7. The balance </p> <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> <p> 8. The expression </p> <ul><li>You should look at a beagles 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,Allbeagles will raise their ears when alert or baited. The forehead should be clean (no frown or wrinkle).</li></ul> <p> 9. FRONT ASSEMBLEY </p> <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> <p> 10. TOPLINES </p> <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 &amp; 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> <p> 11. </p> <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> <p> 12. BALANCE </p> <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> <p> 13. MOVEMENT(not mentioned in the standard) </p> <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> <p> 14. Good Movement, front and rear 15. Good front movement 16. Good rear movement Good Extension 17. Good reach and drive</p>