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.
Ears--The correct carriage of the ears is
debatable point since cropping has been abolished. Probably in
the large breed the drop ear is correct, but for Toys either erect
or semi-erect carriage of the ears is desirable.
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.
Mody--Moderately short and curving upwards at the
loin ; ribs well-sprung, back slightly arched t the loin and falling
again at the joining of the tail to the same height at the
Legs--must be quite straight, set on well under
the dog, and of fair length.
Feet--More inclined to be cat- than hare-footed.
Tail--Moderate length, and set on where the arch
of the back ends ; think where it joins the body and tapering to a
point , and not carried higher than the back.
Coats--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
underjaw and the throat are tanned, and the hair inside the ear is
of the same colour ; the foreleg tanned up to the knee, with black
pencil 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
hind legs--commonly called breeching--is a serious defect. In
all cases the black should not run into the tan, or vice versa, but
the division of the two colours shouldbe well-defined.
General appearance--A terrier calculated to take
his own part in the rat pit, and not of Whippet type.
Weight--For Toys, not exceeding 7 lb.; for the
large breed, from 16 lb. to 20 lb., is most desirable.