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Foxhound Registration Rules & Definitions – otherwise referred to as the "Pink Sheet"
lasted updated July 14, 2014

A. RULES. The filing of breeding records on an annual basis with the Keeper of the Association's Stud Book is obligatory for all Registered and Recognized Hunts and is the responsibility of the Master. The records comprise: a) pedigrees for all hounds entered in the current year by each Hunt according to the instructions provided, and b) an annual Foxhound Kennel List.

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B. ELIGIBILITY. American, Penn-Marydel, English, and Crossbred foxhounds and harriers are eligible for registration or listing in the Stud Book providing that they have a satisfactory three generation pedigree and that they are the property of the Hunt or of the Master and are a bona fide part of the hunting pack. See also paragraphs C and D.

Hounds belonging to non-member hunts are eligible for registration in the Foxhound Kennel Stud Book, provided they meet all registration requirements as outlined below. Non-member hunts must also pay an initial adminstration free of $250.00 in addition to the litter registration fee. Any other registration fees will be the same as for member hunts. This is only a registry for hounds. If a hound is registered in the MFHA Stud Book it may compete in MFHA hound shows “if” the show allows them to enter.

C. HUNTING. All foxhounds registered in the Foxhound Kennel Stud Book and all sires and dams in the first and second preceding generations must be acceptably certified as having hunted (or having been entered to) fox, coyote, bobcat, lion or drag.

D. BREEDING. All foxhounds registered in the Foxhound Kennel Stud Book and all sires and dams in the first and second preceding generations must be acceptably certified as having been bred by a person or organization primarily devoted to hunting fox, coyote, lion, bobcat or drag.

E. REGISTRATION. Pedigrees should be on the form provided by the Association and should be submitted (together with the annual hound list) after all hounds for the current year have been entered and before December 31st. A Hunt that does not submit records by that date will be assessed $100.00. All hounds entered by each Hunt must be registered, listed, or recorded with the Stud Book office. A hound is "entered" on acceptable live quarry or drag; he is "registered" in the Stud Book.

F. LISTING. Foxhounds with pedigrees containing not more than one fault in the third generation (unknown sire or dam, unknown prefix or date of entry) will be listed in the Foxhound Kennel Stud Book, providing that all other requirements are met. The progeny will be eligible for registration in accordance with present rules regarding the registration of American, English, Penn-Marydel and Crossbred hounds.

G. THE NAME of an entered hound consists of three parts: the prefix or name of the Hunt that first entered the hound, the given name and the year of entry. The prefix and year of entry do not change when an entered hound is drafted from one pack to another. A hound is entered when he has been hunted on a regular and systematic basis. The name of an unentered hound consists only of the given name (with the name of the Hunt that owns it as a temporary prefix).


H. AMERICAN, PENN-MARYDEL and ENGLISH FOXHOUNDS Babiesare defined as having no more than one outcross in the fourth generation or, in the case of hounds with Crossbred ancestors in more than one line, not more than one sixteenth (1/16th) total outcross. (For English foxhounds entered before 1978, the previous 1/32nd outcross rule continues in effect).

I. All hounds registered under these outcross rulings as American, Penn-Marydel or English hounds will be regarded thereafter as pure American, Penn-Marydel or English Foxhounds in determining the breed of their progeny.

J. CROSSBRED FOXHOUNDS are foxhounds which do not qualify under the 1/16th outcross rule as either American or English foxhounds.

K. PENN-MARYDEL LISTED FOXHOUNDS (PL) are Penn-Marydel foxhounds that are 1/8th (12.5%) or less out cross and when bred to a pure PM their get are considered pure PM.

L. The rules to determine Crossbred, American, Penn-Marydel Listed (PL) and pure Penn-Marydel (PM) are as follows:

The Dumphrieshire crossbred (English crossbred) is determined by the Stud Book computer formula the same as other crossbreds. If hounds get have a percentage of English from the Dumphrieshire on both the sire and dam side that percentage is added together and then cut in half to determine the Breed Coefficient of the litter. When that percentage becomes 1/16 or less, the get are considered pure PM.

Because this is a change from the way Penn-Marydel Foxhounds, Inc.’s Registry determined a PM, there will be cases the MFHA PM Registry will conflict with the Penn-Marydel Foxhounds, Inc.’s Registry. In the MFHA PM Registry, depending on the percentages, hounds are Crossbred, American, PL or PM. A major change is that in the Penn-Marydel Foxhounds, Inc.’s Registry a pure PM bred to another hound was considered a Listed Penn-Marydel. In the Penn-Marydel Foxhounds, Inc.’s Registry, once the hound is four generations removed from the outcross, it is considered a Registered Penn-Marydel. A hound which is not four generations Removed from the outcross is considered a Listed Penn-Marydel by their Registry.

What this means is if a pure PM hound was bred to a pure Dumphrieshire or English hound its get would be 50% PM and be registered Crossbred. If you bred that get to another pure bred PM its get would be 25% and be registered Crossbred, if you bred that get to a pure PM its get would be 12.5% and be registered as PL. If you bred that get to a pure PM the get would become pure PM.

The same formula is used for the American cross. If you bred a pure PM to an American hound their get is 50% PM so the hound would be registered American. If you bred that get to another pure PM its get would be 25% and registered American, if you bred that get to another pure PM the get would be 12.5% and be registered as PL. If you bred that get to a pure PM the result would become pure PM.

This can be a lot harder to determine because up to the date the MFHA started registering PM in its stud book (2008), all PM were registered as American hounds. It takes considerable research, study and verification of each pedigree to determine if a PM was American or actually a PM. It will be necessary to prove a hound, once registered in the MFHA stud book as American, was actually a PM before we can make a correction. There will be errors as some of these registrations are difficult to make a determination, however, they can easily be corrected once so determined.

M. OUTCROSS. Descendants of an outcross to another scenting breed (such as beagle, coon-hound, bloodhound) may be listed with the Keeper of the Stud Book providing that other requirements are met and providing that there is not more than one such non-foxhound outcross in the third generation or not more than 1/8th total outcross. The progeny may be eligible for registration in accordance with the 1/16th outcross rules regarding the registration of American, English, Crossbred and Penn-Marydel foxhounds.


N. Masters of all Hunts are required to send the Keeper of the Stud Book a list of all hounds in their kennels each year. The list should be sent in (with pedigrees for the registration of the current year's entry) after the beginning of the regular fall hunting season and before December 31st. Printed hound lists such as published by many Hunts at the beginning of each season are acceptable.

O. ENTERED HOUNDS. The list should give the prefix (if different from the name of the Hunt submitting the list), name, year of entry and sex for each entered hound, sire and dam. It should be arranged chronologically by year of entry and by litters within each year. Within each litter the hounds should be alphabetically listed, first dogs, then bitches. If you wish to indicate the breed, use the letters A, E, C, PM or PL for American, English, Crossbred, Penn-Marydel or Penn-Marydel Listed.

P. UNENTERED HOUNDS. The list should show unentered hounds with their sires and dams under a separate heading. They may be listed individually or by litter. A litter may be described, for instance, as "unnamed litter" or "six puppies." It is useful to establish this breeding record since a year or more may elapse before a pedigree is sent to the Stud Book office.


Stud BookThree generation pedigree and foxhound kennel list forms are available by clicking the links or from the Association office. An assortment of forms will be sent to one Master of each Hunt during October of each year


The Foxhound Kennel Stud Book of America began publication in 1909 and has been published annually since 1973. A list of available volumes and prices may be requested. The MFHA Hound Registration Program, a computer software program, is another source of approximately 80,000 hound registrations from 1956 to current.

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