Breed Standard

Last updated September 2017

A Breed Standard is the guideline which describes the ideal characteristics, temperament and appearance including the correct colour of a breed and ensures that the breed is fit for function. Absolute soundness is essential. Breeders and judges should at all times be careful to avoid obvious conditions or exaggerations which would be detrimental in any way to the health, welfare or soundness of this breed. From time to time certain conditions or exaggerations may be considered to have the potential to affect dogs in some breeds adversely, and judges and breeders are requested to refer to the Breed Watch section of the Kennel Club website here http://www.thekennelclub.org.uk/services/public/breed/watch for details of any such current issues. If a feature or quality is desirable it should only be present in the right measure. However if a dog possesses a feature, characteristic or colour described as undesirable or highly undesirable it is strongly recommended that it should not be rewarded in the show ring.

General Appearance

Lightly built, square outline with a compact body, fairly smooth-lying coat, erect pointed ears, curled tail carried over back.

Characteristics

Well balanced, medium size, free from exaggeration, and capable of arduous work.

Temperament

Fearless, brave and energetic.

Head and Skull

Head – lean, light, rather broad between ears, wedge-shaped, narrowing towards point of nose. Skull and back of head almost flat; marked but not sharp stop; muzzle medium length, tapering evenly from above and side, straight bridge, lips tightly closed. Nose black.

Eyes

Not protruding, dark brown, lively with fearless expression.

Ears

Placed high, erect, height greater than base; sharply pointed, very mobile.

Mouth

Jaws strong with a perfect, regular and complete scissor bite, i.e. upper teeth closely overlapping lower teeth and set square to the jaws. Complete dentition.

Neck

Medium length, lean without loose skin, moderately arched.

Forequarters

Legs lean, straight and strong, elbows tightly placed.

Body

Strong, short, but light, chest deep with good ribs; straight line of back, level topline, firm loins, short couplings, slightly drawn up.

Hindquarters

Legs strong and moderately angulated, straight when viewed from behind.

Feet

Rather small, oval in shape, toes tightly closed.

Tail

Set on high, short, thick, and hair longer on underside, tightly curled and carried over back.

Gait/Movement

Without exaggeration, straight coming and going. From side; light active, with good stride.

Coat

Outer coat close, harsh, but smooth; undercoat soft and woolly. On head and front legs, short, close and smooth; longer on chest, neck and shoulders, back of legs and underside of tail.

Colour

Wheaten, black, red, (red not too dark), wolf-sable. Self-coloured but small symmetrical markings e.g. white on chest and legs, blaze on head and narrow ring on neck, black mask and ears and black tips to tail permissible.

Size

Ideal height: dogs: 45 cms (18 ins); bitches somewhat less. Weight in proportion to size.

Faults

Any departure from the foregoing points should be considered a fault and the seriousness with which the fault should be regarded should be in exact proportion to its degree and its effect upon the health and welfare of the dog and on the dog’s ability to perform its traditional work.

Note

Male animals should have two apparently normal testicles fully descended into the scrotum.

*Note for prospective puppy buyers

Size – the Kennel Club Breed Standard is a guide and description of the ideal for the breed; the Size as described does not imply that a dog will match the measurements given (height or weight). A dog might be larger or smaller than the Size measurements stated in the Breed Standard.


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