Short, powerful front legs with strong bone. On pasterns are skin folds.

Standard My explanation of the standard

Good front

Poorly front

Knuckling-over front

Wide Front

Excessive wrinkling of the front limbs. At lymphatic dogs loose skin with the underlying fat tissue seems very bulky. Apparently, it is believed that the leg is marked by a very strong bone. But this is just a big mistake. Slim down the dog and you will see very quickly that the bones of these dogs are not pronounced than that of a muscular Basset Hounds, who has enough loose skin.


Shoulder blades well laid back; shoulders not heavy.

Standard My explanation of the standard

Correct Schulter

Shoulder too far in front

Steep shoulder

Overloaded shoulder


Elbows turning neither in nor out but fitting neatly against side.

Standard My explanation of the standard

Correct elbow

Turned out elbow


Knuckling-over highly undesirable!


Full of muscle and standing out well, giving an almost spherical effect when viewed from rear. Stifles well bent. Hocks well let down and slightly bent under but turn neither in nor out and just under body when standing naturally. Some wrinkles of skin may appear between hock and foot, and at the rear of joint a slight pouch of skin may be present, but on no account should any of these be excessive.

Standard My explanation of the standard

Correct angulation

Poorly angulation


Low set, the hock is slightly subordinate, but turning neither in nor out when the dog is in a normal position.


Large, well knuckled up and padded.

Forefeet may point straight ahead or be turned slightly outwards but in every case hound always stands perfectly true, weight being born equally by toes with pads together so that feet would leave an imprint of a large hound and no unpadded areas in contact with ground.

Standard My explanation of the standard

Correct Paw

Too soft paw

Splayed paw

The paw is the carrier of the total weight of the dog. It is therefore extremely important that this is properly formed.


Most important to ensure that the hound is fit for purpose. Smooth powerful and effortless action with 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.

Standard My explanation of the standard

Correct Movement

If you understand the movement of a horse which is shown below, you understand the movement of a dog.

Excellent movement of horse and dog. Front and hind limbs in perfect coordination.

Poore Movement

Knee and ankle joints in the movement may never seem stiff, also may not toe drag over the ground.