Terrier Breed Standard and Evaluation Form 04/29/2018
This breed standard is for breeders worldwide who wish to perpetuate the quality of this
working type of dog and improve it by avoiding exaggerated
conditions in conformation that are detrimental to its
health and soundness. It’s most important that the smalls retain their
hunting instinct and that the larger sizes be easily
spannable by average sized hands in fitting with the breed
The Hunt Terrier is a bold,
friendly, active and alert. The length of back from withers
to tail is slightly longer than the dog’s height at the
withers. The depth of brisket at the point of the elbow
should be one half the total height of the dog. The body is
capable of being spanned by an average man’s hands when
placed behind the front legs. The head is moderately broad,
with a flat skull, a defined stop, and a powerful jaw. Ears
are button or drop, and very mobile. The tail is set high
and to be docked to equal the height of the head or be
natural. The skin is thick and the coat is dense. The Hunt
Terrier should be evaluated as a working terrier, and
exaggerations or faults should be penalized in proportion to
how much they interfere with the dog’s ability to work.
Scars should not be penalized.
The Hunt Terrier is a small, agile, active hunting
terrier, ready to defend your farm from invasion of rodents
and varmints. This breed is fearless and requires little
encouragement to go to ground.
Faults: Cowardice should
be avoided and aggression should be used only on quarry.
The head is proportionate to the size of the body.
The skull should be flat, of moderate width at the ears,
narrowing to the eyes. There should be a defined stop but
not over pronounced. The length of the muzzle from the nose
to the stop may be slightly shorter than from the stop to
the rear of the skull.
Serious Faults: Apple or domed skull.
The muzzle is strong, with powerful, muscular jaws.
There is a minimum of falling away under the eye, giving a
moderately chiseled look. Lips are tight surrounding
comparatively large teeth meeting in a scissor bite.
Serious Fault: Weak jaw. Snipey
Disqualified: overshot undershot wry mouth, missing
teeth unless from accident.
The nose may be black or self-colored, liver, blue
Faults: Dudley nose or winter nose.
Eyes are deep set, almond
shaped, dark in color or self-colored, as from liver, blue
or Isabella. Full of life and intelligence with keen
Faults: full round, bulging or triangular eyes.
The Hunt Terrier has small, V-shaped button or drop
ears of great mobility the fold of the ear is at the level
of the skull or slightly higher and the tips of the ears
points toward the floor. Ear leather is soft and fine.
Faults: Hound like ears and prick ears or ears that
fold to the side of back.
The neck is clean, muscular,
and of sufficient length to enable the dogs mouth to extend
beyond its forepaws when working underground. The neck
gradually widens from the nape and blends smoothly into well
laid back shoulders.
Faults: Too short in .length
Shoulders are long, sloping and well laid back. The
elbows are set well under the body, and forms a ninety
degree angle with the shoulder blade. The forelegs are
strong, straight, and with moderate bone. The elbows are
neither tight nor loose, but able to move freely in action.
Faults: Cabriole, out at the elbow, toeing out,
knuckling over or any other misalignment of joints.
A properly proportioned Hunt Terrier is slightly
longer than tall. The length of back from withers to tail is
slightly longer than the height at the withers. The Hunt
Terrier is perfectly designed to go to ground. The depth of
brisket at the point of the elbow, is exactly half the
height of the dog at the withers. The body is capable of
being spanned by an average man’s hands when placed behind
the front legs and compressible which allows the dog to work
underground unencumbered and capable of turning around in
the tunnels. When spanning the dog the rib cage should feel
heart shaped not barrel or round. The top line is slightly
long and the loin should be slightly arched.
Faults: Roached topline, sway backed, too long or too short.
Faults: chest too deep or too broad, barrel chested
Well-muscled quarters set wide enough apart to fit
into a properly balanced body. As viewed from the
rear, the legs are straight and parallel. From the
side, well angulated. Thighs well- muscled. Stifles
well defined. Hocks short, set well apart.
Faults: Cow hocks, sickle hocks and straight
The feet are fairly round,
toes strong, well arched and closely knit with deep
pads. Nails thick and blunt. Dewclaws may be
Serious Faults: Thin feet and splayed feet hair feet
The tail is set high and if docked it’s to the
height of the head to giving a balanced look. When
moving or alert the tail is carried erect or gaily
and may drop while the dog is at rest.
Fault: low tail set
The Hunt Terrier comes in three dense weather
resistant coat types and if shown must be in natural
condition no trimming or scissoring is allowed.
Rough; A double coat consisting of
a short, dense undercoat and a wiry outer coat. Hair over
the eyes and on the muzzle will form eyebrows and a beard.
Broken; The broken coat lies closer
to the body than a rough coat and has longer guard hairs
than a smooth coat, may or may not have face furnishings.
Smooth; A short, flat coat. Coat
length may vary and dog may have thicker hair down the
center of the back.
Serious Faults: Silky or woolly coat.
-TAN POINT; any tan point based color with less than
10% white markings or as a Tri color Piebald
examples choc&tan, black&tan, blue&tan and
-RED; any red based color with less than 10% white
markings or as a Red Piebald
examples red, sable, shaded red, cream, tan or
-BLACK; any black based color with less than 10%
white markings or as a Black Piebald
examples black, chocolate, blue, isabella
Height and Weight
The Hunt Terrier is of a size to go to ground. Hunt
Terriers range in height from 7 to 12 inches, and weigh from
9 to 15 pounds. Hunt Terriers should always be presented in
fit, working condition. Dogs outside the approved range of
height shall be penalized only to the degree that their size
affects their ability to work. Dogs should be lean, flexible
Disqualification: Dogs under 7 inches and dogs over 12
inches in height.
The forelegs and hind legs move parallel with feet turning
neither in nor out. When trotting, gait is reaching free and
easy in which the front leg moves straight forward and in
front of the body and the foot bends at the wrist. The dog
drives smoothly and strongly from the rear. The top line remains
level with only a slight flex to indicate suppleness. Viewed
from any position, legs turn neither in nor out, nor do feet
cross or interfere with each other. As speed increases,
feet tend to converge toward centerline. Poor movement
should be penalized to the degree to which it reduces the
Hunt Terrier’s ability to perform the variety of tasks it
was bred to do.
Cryptorchidism one or both.
Under 7 “ or Over 12” in height