Neck and Throat 5%: 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.”
The neck must be long and pliable enough for the nose to reach the ground for tracking without forcing the dog to crouch. There should be a slight arch from where the neck meets the occiput and extends down, blending smoothly into the shoulders.