Showsight Presents The Black and Tan Coonhound

unique feature of markings includes “black pencil markings on the toes”. Our only DQ is a “Solid patch of white which extends more than one inch in any direction.” It is important to note that scars resulting from honorable wounds are not to be faulted and that the resultant hair growth in these areas typically grows back white. Another area where a fair degree of latitude is given is size. Our standard calls for bitches to be from 23"-25" at the with- ers and dogs 25"-27". However, we do not penalize hounds which are oversized when general soundness and proportion are in favor. We do however, penalize undersize. North America is a very big landmass, with a vast multitude of ter- rain and conditions which has resulted in hunters preferring a larger or smaller hound to pursue the game they are hunt- ing. Our standard takes that into consid- eration and allows for it. In summary, overall proportion calls for a hound that is equal in size from the withers to the ground as it is from the point of shoulder to the buttocks or slightly longer. Taking into consideration the resulting outline given proper angula- tion—bend of stifle behind, presence of forechest in the front, we see a slightly o ff - square profile of a hound that “stands over plenty of ground.”

Great profile.

both the Bloodhound and Bassett, chiefly through the ears and ear set, there are key di ff erences which make it unique. Starting with the ears, the B&T gives up nothing to either of the aforementioned breeds in this regard. Low set (at eye level or lower) well back on the head, hanging in graceful folds and naturally extending well past the tip of the nose. (Author’s italics.) Along with this, we want to see flews that well developed with a typical hound appearance. So far, so good... Changing up the game a bit we conversely do not want to see “excessive wrinkle” and the skin should be “devoid of folds.” On top of that, we want to see an “almost round” and “Not deeply set” eye, ranging in color from hazel to dark brown. No mention or reference is made as to the presence of visible haw or lack thereof although most hunters would prefer a hound without a drooping haw for simple eye maintenance reasons. Th e head is cleanly modeled and the muzzle

and skull should form equal parts, creating a balanced picture. Th e stop is moderate and on profile displays practically parallel planes between skull and muzzle. Th e skull forms an oval outline and I interpret that as when viewing the skull from above. Com- mon head faults include broad, coarse heads and deep chiseled stops, often going hand in hand with high set, short ears. Color and markings are given considerable lati- tude, ranging from a very deep mahogany to a lighter, clearer tan. Hounds completely lacking in markings where called for are to be faulted as are hounds with excessive amounts of tan, most often seen running high up the legs, completely covering the feet, presenting a solid broad patch of tan across the chest or across the bridge of the nose. Hounds lacking the correct mark- ings are most often seen on the head or face through the absence of “pumpkinseeds” over the eyes or missing in other areas. A

BIO Robert Urban has

been around hunting hounds since he was a youngster. He has been active with AKC Blk and Tans since 1981. He is a Life Member of the Ameri-

can Black and Tan Coonhound Club and has served on the Judges Education Committee since 1990. He also serves as the Club’s AKC Delegate.

“COLOR AND MARKINGS ARE GIVEN CONSIDERABLE LATITUDE, ranging from a very deep mahogany to a lighter, clearer tan.”

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