Your breeder should have a level pack of quality hounds that have a strong desire to hunt, hopefully with traits that can be passed on to future generations.
Back and loins
As well as having good pace and stamina, a hound must have a good depth of chest to enable maximum lung capacity.
A strong back and loin will assist with stamina. If a hound drops away behind the loins then he is likely to lack power. Good, strong hindlegs will help drive a hound uphill, jumping any obstacles along the way.
“Your breeder should have a level pack of quality hounds that have a strong desire to hunt.”
For longevity, a hound needs good feet where the weight is distributed evenly on each toe. Those with bad feet do not put the weight evenly on each toe and these can be identified by uneven wear of the toenails.
Not only do poor feet also denote a bad shoulder, but they reduce the lifespan of a hound. A hound with a poor shoulder will wear out the outer toes and won’t last, similarly, hounds with too much weight on their heels do not last either.