Slovakian Hound

FCI standard Nº 244

Origin
Slovakia
Translation
Mrs. C. Seidler
Group
Group 6 Scent Hounds and Related Breeds
Section
Section 1.2.Medium sized Hounds
Working
With working trial
Acceptance on a definitive basis by the FCI
Tuesday 16 April 1963
Publication of the official valid standard
Tuesday 16 April 1963
Last update
Monday 19 August 1996
En français, cette race se dit
Chien courant slovaque
Diese Norm ist in deutscher Sprache sichtbar
Slowanischer Laufhund
En español, esta raza se dice
Sabueso Eslovaco
In het Nederlands, wordt dit ras gezegd
Slovensky Kopov
In his country of origin, his name is

Slovenský Kopov

Usage

This breed is distinguished through its enduring hours-long following of a warm trail or scent while giving tongue. Also distinguished by its keenness and therefore used in its native country for hunting wild boar and predatory.

General appearance

Always solid black with tan markings. Lightish body build, yet solid bone structure. Longish rectangle.

Behaviour / temperament

Spirited temperament. Extraordinarily developed sense of direction.

Head

Cranial region

Skull
Flat domed top skull ; shape of a longish rectangle. Superciliary ridges and frontal furrow marked; occipital protuberance hardly marked. The direction of the axes of the muzzle and of the skull is parallel. 
Stop
Forms an angle of about 45°.

Facial region

Nose
Always black in colour, relatively large, moderately tapering; nostrjls moderately open.
Lips
Not overlapping, close fittfng with noticeable opened corner of Mouth.
Nasal bridge
Bridge of nose straight, in keeping with the skull long and not too broad.
Jaws and teeth
Jaws of regular shape, firm, with well developed complete bite.
Eyes
Dark, set in somewhat deep. Show liveliness and courage. Eyelids always black; almond shaped.
Ears
Set on somewhat above the line of the eyes, carried flat along the head, with rounded tip and of medium length.

Neck

Well set, carried at an angle of 135°, rather short, muscular and without loose skin.

Body

Back
Straight, medium long.
Loin
Not too long, suitably broad, firm and muscular.
Croup
Not too long, medium breadth, rounded.
Chest
Forechest broad and well developed. Medium depth, suitably broad and appropriately long.
Ribs
Ribs arched, set slanting.
Underline and belly
Moderately tucked up.

Tail

Set on somewhat low, below the upper line ; fittingly strong, tapering to the tip and reaching to the hock. Pendant in repose; curved upwards in sabre shape to a height of 150° when alert.

Limbs

Forequarters

Shoulders
Angle at shoulder joint about 110°.
Upper arm
Rather short, well developed, muscular.
Forearm
In vertical position, dry.
Carpal
Short.
Pastern
Not too long. somewhat sloping.
Forefeet
Oval; well arched toes; nails always black and strong. Pads dark and well developed.

Hindquarters

Upper thigh
Sufficiently broad; fittingly long, muscu1ar.
Lower thigh
Broad, appropriate in length, well muscled.
Metatarsus
About 8 cm long, moderate1y slanting forward ; no dewc1aws.
Hock
Set on in a height of about 15 cm, moderately broad. Angle of hock about 150°.
Hind feet
Oval; toes tight and well arched; pads well developed and black.

Gait and movement

Lively and balanced.

Skin

Dark brown to black, close fitting without folds or loose skin.

Coat

Hair
2-5 cm long, medium coarse, close fitting and dense; longer on back, neck and tail. Undercoat dense, especially during winter months, but must not be lacking in summer.
Colour
Black with brown to mahogany coloured tan markings on limbs.

Size and weight

Height at withers
For dogs 45 to 50 cm, for bitches 40 to 45 cm.
Weight
15 to 20 kg.

Faults

• 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 upon the health and welfare of the dog and its ability to perform its traditional work.
• Faults listed should be in degree of seriousness.

General faults

 Heavy, clumsy, stocky build.
 Head too heavy.
 Lips overlapping.
 Incomplete bite.
 Over- or undershot mouth.
 light eye, eyelids loose or too tight.
 Leathers too light, pointed.
 Loose skin on neck (throatiness).
 Soft back.
 Flat ribcage (serious fault) .
 Remarkably too long tail, tail carriage above topline even in repose.
 Incorrect position of limbs.
 Soft feet.
 Coat too short, without undercoat; coat too long, wavy.
 Colour other than black, white markings, unclear boundary of tan markings.
 Oversize.

Disqualifying faults

 Aggressive or overly shy dogs.

NB :

• Any dog clearly showing physical or behavioural abnormalities shall be disqualified.
• The above mentioned faults when occurring to a highly marked degree or frequently are disqualifying.
• Male animals should have two apparently normal testicles fully descended into the scrotum.
• Only functionally and clinically healthy dogs, with breed typical conformation should be used for breeding.

Bibliography

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