- Sturdily built, robust, sinewy, nearly square, (length of body equal to height
at shoulders). Expression keen and attitude alert. Correct
conformation is of more importance than colour or other purely 'beauty' points.
Well balanced, smart, stylish and adaptable.
Alert, reliable and intelligent. Primarily a companion dog.
HEAD AND SKULL
Head strong and of good length, narrowing from ears to eyes and then gradually
forward toward end of nose. Upper part of the head (occiput to the base of
forehead) moderately broad between ears. Flat, creaseless forehead; well
muscled but not too strongly developed cheeks. Medium stop to accentuate
prominent eyebrows. Powerful muzzle ending in a moderately blunt line,
with bristly, stubby moustache and chin whiskers. Ridge of nose straight
and running almost parallel to extension of forehead. Nose black with wide
nostrils. Lips tight but not overlapping.
sized, dark, oval, set forward, with arched bushy eyebrows.
V-shaped, set high and dropping forward to temple.
strong with perfect, regular and complete scissor bite, i.e. the upper teeth
closely overlapping the lower teeth and set square to the jaws.
long, strong and slightly arched; skin close to throat; neck set cleanly on
Shoulders flat and well laid. Forelegs straight viewed from any angle.
Muscles smooth and lithe rather than prominent; bone strong, straight and
carried well down to feet; elbows close to body and pointing directly backwards.
moderately broad, deep with visible strong breastbone reaching at least to
height of elbow rising slightly backward to loins. Back strong and
straight, slightly higher at shoulder than at hindquarters, with short, well
developed loins. Ribs well sprung. Length of body equal to height
from top of withers to ground.
Thighs slanting and flat but strongly muscled. Hindlegs (upper and lower
thighs) at first vertical to the stifle; from stifle to hock, in line with the
extension of the upper neck line; from hock, vertical to ground.
round, cat-like, compact with closely arched toes, dark nails, firm black pads,
feet pointing forward.
- Set on and
carried high, preferably docked to three joints.
Free, balanced and vigorous, with good reach in forequarters and good driving
power in hindquarters. Topline remains level in action.
- Harsh, wiry
and short enough for smartness, dense undercoat. Clean on neck and
shoulders, ears and skull. Harsh hair on legs. Furnishings fairly
thick but not silky.
pepper and salt colours in even proportions, or pure black, or black and silver.
That is, solid black with silver markings on eyebrow, muzzle, chest and brisket
and on the forelegs below the point of elbow, on inside of hindlegs below the
stifle joint, on vent and under tail.
Ideal height: Dogs 35.6 cms (14 ins)
Bitches 33 cms (13 ins)
Too small, toyish appearing dogs are not typical and undesirable.
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.
NOTE - Male
animals should have two apparently normal testicles fully descended into the
scrotum. Utility Group
© January 1998