UK Kennel Club Breed Standard
GENERAL APPEARANCE: Active, graceful and well balanced,
with gentle expression.
affectionate, absolutely fearless.
|TEMPERAMENT: Gay, friendly,
non-aggressive, no tendency towards nervousness.
|HEAD & SKULL: Skull almost flat between ears.|
| Stop shallow. Length from base of stop to tip of nose
Nostrils black and well developed, without flesh marks, muzzle well tapered.
Lips well developed but not pendulous.
Face well filled below eyes. Any tendency to snippiness undesirable.
|EYES: Large, dark, round, but not
prominent, spaced well apart.
|EARS: Long, set high, with plenty
|MOUTH: Jaws strong, with a perfect, regular and complete scissor bite,|
|i.e. the upper teeth closely overlapping the
lower teeth and set square to the jaws.
|NECK: Moderate length, slightly
|FOREQUARTERS: Chest moderate,
shoulders well-laid back, straight legs, moderately boned.
|BODY: Short-coupled with good
spring of rib. Level back.
|HINDQUARTERS: Legs with moderate
bone; well turned stifle - no tendency to cow or sickle hocks.
|FEET: Compact, cushioned and well
|TAIL: Length of tail in balance with body, well set on, carried happily,|
| but never too much above the level of the back.
Docking optional. If docked no more than one third to be removed.
|GAIT: Free moving and elegant in action, plenty of drive from behind.|
| Fore and hind legs move parallel when viewed from in
front and behind
|COAT: Long, silky and free from
curl. Slight wave permissible. Plenty of feathering. Totally free from trimming.
|COLOURS: Recognised colours are:
Rich chestnut markings well broken up, on pearly white ground.
Markings evenly divided on head, leaving room between ears for much valued lozenge mark or spot
(a unique characteristic of the breed).
Black and white well spaced, broken up,
Black & tan:
Raven black with tan markings above the eyes, on cheeks,
Whole coloured rich red. White markings undesirable.
|WEIGHT & SIZE:
twelve to eighteen pounds. A small well-balanced dog well within these weights desirable.
|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.|
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