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Black and Tan Terrier Club of England
(circa 1893)

“Head – Long, flat and narrow, level and wedge-shaped, without showing cheek muscles, well filled up under the eyes, with tapering tightly lipped jaws and level teeth.

“Eyes – Very small, sparkling and dark, set fairly close together and oblong in shape.

“Nose – black.

“Ears – Cropped and standing perfectly erect, if uncropped, small and v-shaped, hanging close to the head above the eyes.

“Neck and shoulder – The neck should be fairly long, and tapering from the shoulders to the head, with sloping shoulders, the neck being free from throatiness and slightly arched at the occiput.

“Chest – Narrow but deep.

“Body – Moderately short and curving upwards t the loin, ribs well-sprung; back slightly arched at the loin and falling again at the joining of the tail to the same height as the shoulder.

“Legs – Must be quite straight, set on well under the dog and of fair length.

“Feet – More included to be cat than hare-footed.

“Tail – Moderate length and set on where the arch of the back ends, thick where it joins the body, tapering to a point, and not carried higher than the back.

“Coat – Close, smooth, short and glossy.

“Colour – Jet black and rich mahogany tan, distributed over the body as follows: On the head the muzzle is tanned to the nose, which with the nasal bone is jet black; there is also a bright spot on each cheek and above each eye, the under jaw and throat are tanned, and the hair inside the ear is of the same colour.  The forelegs tanned up to the knee with black lines (pencil marks) up each toe and a black mark (thumb mark) above the foot.  Inside the hind legs tanned, but divided with black at the hock joint and under the tail also tanned and so is the vent, but only sufficiently to be easily covered by the tail; also slightly tanned on each side of the chest.  Tan outside of the hind legs, commonly called breeching, a serious defect.  In all cases, the black should not run into the tan, or vice versa, but the division between the two colours should be well defined. 

“General Appearance – A terrier, calculated to take his own part in the rat pit, and not of the whippet type.

“Weight – Not exceeding 7 lb; not exceeding 16 lb, not exceeding 20 lb.

Scale of Points

Head    20
Eyes     10
Ears     5
Legs     10
Feet     10
Body    10
Tail       5
Colour and Markings    15
General Appearance (including terrier quality)    15
Grand Total:     100

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