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River Hound

The breed standard is the yardstick that breeders and judges use to determine that Beagles are of the correct type and conform to certain predetermined and agreed physical qualities. Breeders should constantly evaluate their breeding stock against the standard and strive to eliminate conformation, movement and cosmetic faults, as well as genetic issues, by breeding away from them.


The Beagle

Official Standard of the Kennel Union of South Africa (KUSA)

General Appearance

A sturdy, compactly built hound, conveying the impression of quality without coarseness.


A merry hound who essential function is to hunt, primarily hare, by following a scent. Bold, with great activity, stamina and determination. alert, intelligent & of even temperament.


Amiable and alert, showing no aggression or timidity.

Head and skull

Fair length, powerful without being coarse, finer in the bitch, free from frown or wrinkle. Skull slightly domed, moderately wide with slight peak. Stop well defined and dividing length between occiput and tip of nose, as equally as possible. Muzzle not snipey, lips reasonably well flewed. Nose broad, preferably black. but less pigmentation permissible in lighter coloured hounds. Nostrils wide.


Dark brown or hazel, fairly large, not deep set or prominent, set well apart with a mild appealing expression.


Long with rounded tip, reaching nearly to the end of the nose when drawn out. Set on low, fine in texture and hanging gracefully close to the cheeks.


The jaws should be strong, with perfect, regular & complete scissor bite, i.e. upper teeth closely overlapping lower teeth and set square to the jaws.


Sufficiently long to enable hound to come down easily to scent, slightly arched and showing little dewlap.


Shoulders well laid back, not loaded. Forelegs straight and upright well under the hound, good substance and round in bone, not tapering off to feet. Pasterns short. Elbows firm, turning neither in nor out. Height to elbow, about half height at withers.


Topline straight and level. Chest let down to below elbows. Ribs well sprung and extending well back. Short in the couplings but well balanced. Loins powerful and supple without excessive tuck up.


Muscular thighs. Stifles well bent. Hocks firm, well let down & parallel to each other.


Tight and firm. well knuckled up & strongly padded. Not hare-footed. Nails short.


Sturdy, moderately long. set on high, carried gaily, but not curled over back or inclined forward from root. Well covered with hair especially on the underside.


Back level, firm with no indication of roll. Stride free, long reaching in front and straight without high action: hind legs showing drive. Should not move close behind, nor paddle nor plait in front.


Short, dense and waterproof.


Tricolour (Black,white & Tan); blue, white & tan: badger pied, hare pied, lemon pied & white: red & white, tan & white, black & white: all white. With the exception of all white all of the above colours can be found as mottle. No other colours permissible. Tip of stern white.


Desirable minimum height at withers: 33cm (13ins). desirable maximum height at withers: 40cm (16ins).


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 and its effect on the health & welfare (& function) of the dog.


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