The skull should be fairly long, slightly domed at occiput, with cranium broad and full. Ears--Ears set on moderately low, long, reaching when drawn out nearly, if not quite, to the end of the nose; fine in texture, fairly broad-with almost entire absence of erectile power-setting close to the head, with the forward edge slightly inturning to the cheek--rounded at tip. Eyes--Eyes large, set well apart-soft and houndlike--expression gentle and pleading; of a brown or hazel color. Muzzle--Muzzle of medium length-straight and square--cut--the stop moderately defined. Jaws--Level. Lips free from flews; nostrils large and open. Defects--A very flat skull, narrow across the top; excess of dome, eyes small, sharp and terrierlike, or prominent and protruding; muzzle long, snipy or cut away decidedly below the eyes, or very short. Roman-nosed, or upturned, giving a dish-face expression. Ears short, set on high or with a tendency to rise above the point of origin.
Neck and Throat--Neck rising free and light from the shoulders strong in substance yet not loaded, of medium length. The throat clean and free from folds of skin; a slight wrinkle below the angle of the jaw, however, may be allowable. Defects--A thick, short, cloddy neck carried on a line with the top of the shoulders. Throat showing dewlap and folds of skin to a degree termed "throatiness."
Shoulders and Chest
Shoulders sloping--clean, muscular, not heavy or loaded--conveying the idea of freedom of action with activity and strength. Chest deep and broad, but not broad enough to interfere with the free play of the shoulders. Defects--Straight, upright shoulders. Chest disproportionately wide or with lack of depth.
Back, Loin and Ribs
Back short, muscular and strong. Loin broad and slightly arched, and the ribs well sprung, giving abundance of lung room. Defects--Very long or swayed or roached back. Flat, narrow loin. Flat ribs.
Forelegs and Feet
Forelegs--Straight, with plenty of bone in proportion to size of the hound. Pasterns short and straight. Feet--Close, round and firm. Pad full and hard. Defects--Out at elbows. Knees knuckled over forward, or bent backward. Forelegs crooked or Dachshundlike. Feet long, open or spreading.
Hips, Thighs, Hind Legs and Feet
Hips and thighs strong and well muscled, giving abundance of propelling power. Stifles strong and well let down. Hocks firm, symmetrical and moderately bent. Feet close and firm. Defects--Cowhocks, or straight hocks. Lack of muscle and propelling power. Open feet.
Set moderately high; carried gaily, but not turned forward over the back; with slight curve; short as compared with size of the hound; with brush. Defects--A long tail. Teapot curve or inclined forward from the root. Rat tail with absence of brush.
A close, hard, hound coat of medium length. Defects--A short, thin coat, or of a soft quality.
Any true hound color.
There shall be two varieties:
13" - hounds not exceeding 13 inches in height.
15" - hounds over 13 but not exceeding 15 inches in height.
- Rabies Vaccination - This needs to be given to your pet more than 30 days before you arrive in your new country but less than 1 year. (We would recommend getting them rabies shots about 6 weeks before you head to the airport)
- Other Vaccinations - Even if your dog is up to date on its shots we recommend getting all the shots your dog needs 6 weeks before departure so that all vaccinations are current. Your vet should also be able to provide you with the label off the vaccine bottles as added proof of vaccination.
- Health Certificate - If you are coming from the U.S. you will need to have the USDA health certificate for your pet. (APHIS USDA Form 7001) Your vet can get this for you. Depending on the state you live in this could take 1 day or 2 months so check into it with your vet. (If you have more than one pet have one for each pet.) This certificate must be NO OLDER than 10 days old when arriving, so plan ahead.
- Pet Records - You should also have your vet print out or give you a copy of all your pet's records and then you go and make additional copies for yourself.
- Type of flight - We lived in Houston and were travleing to Korea in the summer. However, airlines would not fly pets out incase the plane was delayed on the runway in which case the area where the pets are located could get hot and cause overheating conditions for the animals. So we rented a car and drove to L.A. where the climate is much cooler and safer for pets to fly. We realize this may not be practical for everyone. So if you CANT do this then try to arrange ...
Summer - early morning or late evening take off with an early morning or late evening arrival if possible.
Winter - mid-afternoon take off with a mid afternoon arrival if possible.
- Try to have a direct flight from your location to your destination. If that isn't possible from your airport see about travel to another airport where it is possible. The less the animals are handled the easier the trip is on them and the less likely hood of them being lost or mishandled. We actually drove from Houston to Chicago to have a direct flight to Poland.