Feet 10%: Close, round and firm. Pad full and hard. Defects: Feet long, open or spreading.
Feet account for 10 points, emphasizing their importance. A firm cat foot with hard, full pads allows the Beagle to hunt for hours over difficult terrain. Bent pasterns, flat spreading feet or long feet are ineffective supports for a working hound. Occasionally a foot with an exceptionally short outer toe is seen, nearly always on the front legs. An x-ray of the foot reveals a short metatarsal bone for that toe. This does not conform to the required cat foot and is generally found on feet which are otherwise quite tight and firm. A short toe is to be penalized, as it does not allow for a complete foot on the ground, resulting in an ineffective support for balance or turning.