English Beagle Version: A sturdy, compactly-built hound, conveying the impression of quality without coarseness.
AKC: A miniature Foxhound, solid and big for his inches, with the wear-and-tear look of the hound that can last in the chase and follow his quarry to the death.
English Version: Amiable and alert, showing no aggression or timidity.
AKC (Put under the term “Manners”: The hounds must all work gaily and cheerfully, with flags up--obeying all commands cheerfully. Cringing, sulking, lying down to be avoided.
Head and Skull:
English Version: Fair length, powerful without being coarse, finer in the bitch, free from frown and 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 the lighter coloured hounds. Nostrils wide.
AKC: The skull should be fairly long, slightly domed at occiput, with cranium broad and full. Muzzle--Muzzle of medium length-straight and square--cut--the stop moderately defined 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.
English Beagle Version: Dark brown or hazel, fairly large, not deepset or prominent, set well apart with mild appealing expression.
AKC: Eyes large, set well apart-soft and houndlike--expression gentle and pleading; of a brown or hazel color.
English Version: Ears
long, with rounded tip, reaching nearly to the end of nose when drawn out. Set on low, fine in texture and hanging gracefully close to cheeks.
AKC: 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.
English Version: The jaws should be strong, with perfect, regular and complete scissor bite, i.e., the upper teeth closely overlapping the lower teeth, and set square to the jaw.
AKC: Jaws--Level. Lips free from flews; nostrils large and open.
English Beagle: Sufficiently long to enable hound to come down to scent easily, slightly arched and showing little dewlap.
AKC: 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