Factors Affecting Development
During the nearly three centuries since foxhunting began, the shape and nature of significant areas of the countryside have changed dramatically. While the uplands and mountainous areas of Wales and the north of England have altered little, the Midlands and South now show a different face. What was largely extensive, wild heathland has become the enclosed country we see today. This, together with changes in farming practice and in the conduct of hunting itself, has required subtle changes in the conformation of hounds.