Kennel Club Breed Standard
Short, compact body, confident carriage. Fox-like head
with small pointed ears, alert expression, large ruff,
well feathered tail curled over back.
Sturdy, intelligent and adaptable, ideal companion,
good guard, shows boldly.
Bold, alert, friendly with marked guarding tendency.
Well proportioned, wedge shaped when seen from above;
from side showing definite stop. Dark muzzle equal to
length of flat skull. Neither coarse nor snipey. Nose
Dark, medium size, almond-shaped, obliquely set. Well
defined ’spectacles‘ shown as a delicately
pencilled black line slanting from outer corner of eye
to lower corner of ear, coupled with distinct marking
and shading forming expressive short eyebrows.
Dark, small ivy-leafed in shape. Erect, velvety texture.
Well set on head, neither too wide nor meeting.
Jaws strong, with a perfect, regular and complete scissor
bite, i.e. upper teeth closely overlapping lower teeth
and set square to the jaws. Lips black.
Moderately long and arched, covered with thick, profuse
coat forming large ruff.
Shoulders well sloped. Straight front of medium width
with good bone.
Short, compact; length from withers to tail equal to
height at withers, well sprung in rib. Good depth of
Strong muscled, hindlegs straight when viewed from behind.
Hock showing slight angulation when viewed from side,
profuse light-coloured trousers down to hocks.
Well padded, round, cat-like, tight, cream in colour;
Moderately long, high-set, tightly curled over back,
double curl highly desirable. Light plume on top where
curled, with black tip, carried closely at all times.
Clean, brisk, straight and sharp.
Harsh, off standing, straight. Dense ruff, well feathered
on forelegs and profuse trousers, not feathered below
hock. Soft, thick, light-coloured (not tawny) undercoat.
Never silky, wavy or woolly, nor forming a parting on
A mixture of grey and black. Undercoat very pale grey
or cream (not tawny). All shades of grey acceptable,
body hairs black tipped. Shoulder markings well defined
and all markings definite. Forelegs and hocks cream
with no black below wrist or hock. Pencilling acceptable.
Ideal height: dogs: 46 cms (18 ins); bitches: 43 cms
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.
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