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BREED STANDARD



General Appearance
Symmetrical and well built all over, general outline a series of graceful curves. A strong but lissom appearance.

Characteristics
Aristocratic. Alert with appearance of strength, endurance and speed.

Temperament
Kind, even disposition.

Head and Skull
Skull of medium breadth, in proportion to length of foreface, stop well defined, pronounced occipital bone. Nose and eye rims dark, but may be lighter in the case of a lemon and white coloured dog. Nostrils wide, soft and moist. Muzzle somewhat concave, ending on level with nostrils, giving a slightly dish-faced appearance. Slight depression under eyes, cheek bones not prominent, well developed soft lip.

Eyes
Same distance from occiput as from nostrils, bright and kindly in expression. Either hazel or brown according to colour of coat. Neither bold nor staring, not looking down the nose.

Ears
Leathers thin, set on fairly high, lying close to head, of medium length, slightly pointed at tips.

Mouth
Jaws strong, with perfect, regular and complete scissor bite, i.e. upper teeth closely overlapping lower teeth and set square to the jaws.

Neck
Long, muscular, slightly arched, springing cleanly from shoulders and free from throatiness.

Forequarters
Shoulders long, sloping and well laid back. Chest just wide enough for plenty of heart room. Brisket well let down, to level with elbows. Forelegs straight and firm, with good oval bone, with back sinews strong and visible. Knee joint flat with front leg and protruding very little on inside. Pasterns lengthy, strong and resilient. Slightly sloping.

Body
Well sprung ribs carried well back gradually falling away at strong muscular and slightly arched loins. Short-coupled. Haunch bones well spaced and prominent, not above level of back.

Hindquarters
Very muscular. Well turned stifles. Good expanse of first and second thigh. Hocks well let down.

Feet
Oval, well knit, arched toes, well cushioned.

Tail
Medium length, thick at root, tapering gradually to a point. Well covered with close hair, carried on a level with back, with no upward curl. In movement, tail should lash from side to side.

Gait/Movement
Smooth, covering plenty of ground. Driving hind action, elbows neither in nor out. Definitely not a hackney action.

Coat
Fine, short, hard and evenly distributed, perfectly smooth and straight with decided sheen.

Colour
Usual colours are lemon and white, orange and white, liver and white, and black and white. Self colours and tricolours are also correct.

Size
Desirable heights at withers: dogs: 63-69 cms (25-27 ins); bitches: 61-66 cms (24-26 ins).

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 and its effect upon the health and welfare of the dog, and on the dog’s ability to perform its traditional work.

Note
Male animals should have two apparently normal testicles fully descended into the scrotum.


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