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.

Male animals should have two apparently normal testicles fully descended into the scrotum.


The valid standard requires no weights of the Basset Hounds, who mistakenly are always played by the media.

The standard of the American Kennel Club for the breed Basset Hound is the current standard for us for Basset Hounds adjusted.

Due to massive protests by animal rights activists and the media, ultimately deciding factor was the BBC, which designated the Basset Hound with another seven breeds as torture breeding, the English Kennel Club standard changes.

The standard for Basset Hounds he has, as described in the following sections, changed and deleted:

  • General appearance

    Short legged hound of considerable substance, well balanced, full of quality. It is important to bear in mind that this in a working hound and must be fit for purpose therefore should be strong, active and capable of great endurance in the field.
    Deleted: A certain amount of loose skin is desired.

  • Eyes

    Lozenge-shaped neither prominent nor too deep-set, dark but may shade to mid-brown in light coloured hounds. Expression calm and serious. Light or yellow eye highly undesirable.
    Deleted: The red of the nictitating membrane is visible but not overly clearly.

  • Forequarters

    Unchanged till: Knuckling-over highly undesirable.
    Changed: Some wrinkles of skin may appear on lower legs, but this must on no account be excessive.

  • Body

    Long and deep throughout length, breast bone prominent but chest neither narrow nor unduly deep.
    Added: There should be adequate clearance between the lowest part of the chest and the ground to allow the hound to move freely over all types of terrain.
    Unchanged from: Ribs well .......

  • Hindquarters

    Unchanged till: Some wrinkles of skin may appear between hock ...
    Added: ... but on no account should any of these be excessive.

  • Feet

    Unchanged till: ... feet would leave an imprint of a large hound ...
    Added: ... and no unpadded areas in contact with ground.

  • Gait/Movement

    Added: Most important to ensure that the hound is fit for purpose.
    Unchanged: Smooth
    Added: powerful and effortless
    Unchanged: forelegs reaching well forward and hind legs showing powerful thrust
    Added: moving true both front and rear
    Unchanged: Hocks and stifles never stiff ...

The remaining sections were not affected and continue to meet the original standard of the English Kennel Club for Basset Hounds.