The Kennel Club & FCI
Compact, elegant and sound
gay and sporting.
Head and Skull
Long skull, flat and
narrow, level and wedge-shaped, without showing cheek muscles, well
filled up under eyes, with tapering tight-lipped mouth.
Relatively small, dark and sparkling. Almond-shaped,
Small and V-shaped,
carried well above top line of head and hanging close to head above
Jaws level, with perfect, regular
scissor bite, i.e. upper teeth closely overlapping lower teeth and set
square to the jaws.
Fairly long and
tapering from shoulder to head and slightly arched at crest; free from
Shoulders clean and
well sloped. Front narrow and deep. Forelegs quite straight, set on well
under dog; and proportionate length to body.
Short with well sprung ribs, slightly arched over the loin and cut up
muscular, well bent at stifle. Hindlegs neither cow-hocked nor with feet
Small, semi-harefooted and
strong with well arched toes.
set on where arch of back ends, thick where it joins body, tapering to a
point, carried not higher than level of back.
Straight, free and balanced with good-reaching
forequarters and driving power in hindquarters.
Close, smooth, short and glossy, of firm texture.
Jet black and rich mahogany tan distributed as follows: on head, muzzle
tanned to nose, nose and nasal bone jet black. Small tan spot on each
cheek and above each eye, under-jaw and throat tanned with distinct tan
V. Legs from knee downward tanned with exception of toes which shall be
pencilled with black, a distinct black mark (thumbmark) immediately
above feet. Inside hindlegs tanned but divided with black at stifle
joint. Under tail tanned, vent tanned by marking as narrow as possible
so that it is covered by tail. A slight tan mark on each side of chest.
Tan outside hindlegs, commonly called breeching, is undesirable. In all
cases black should not run into tan or vice versa, but division between
colours clearly defined.
Ideal height at
shoulders: dogs: 41cms (16 ins); bitches: 38 cms (15 ins).
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.
Male animals should have two apparently normal testicles fully descended
into the scrotum.
Last Updated - January 2009