Head – Ears & Eyes, Defects

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Ears 10%:  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.
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The ears should be set on level with the outer corner of the eye.  Ear length is important for gathering scent in the field.  While nearly lacking erectile power, the base will rise a bit when excited, but not above the level of the topskull.

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Eyes 5%:  Eyes large, set well apart-soft and houndlike, expression gentle and pleading, of a brown or hazel color.
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The shape of the eye should be round to almond, always soft and expressive. Color of the Beagle’s eyes should fit the coloration of the hound, but preferably darker rather than lighter.  While pigmented eye rims are necessary to achieve a “soft” expression, an abundance of black pigmentation, “mascara”, is not.  A “gentle, pleading expression” is a factor of a correct eye shape and size, combined with a generally darker eye color.  A smaller eye is to be penalized, as are yellow or blue eyes as they give an improper expression.

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Head 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.
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