Smooth-coated, well balanced, of great strength
for his size. Muscular, active and agile.
Traditionally of indomitable courage and tenacity.
Highly intelligent and affectionate, especially
Bold, fearless and totally reliable.
Short, deep through with broad skull. Very pronounced
cheek muscles, distinct stop, short fore face, nose
Dark preferred but may bear some relation to coat
colour. Round, of medium size, and set to look straight
ahead. Eye rims dark.
Rose or half pricked, not large or heavy. Full,
drop or pricked ears highly undesirable.
Lips tight and clean. Jaws strong, teeth large,
with a perfect, regular and complete scissor bite,
i.e. upper teeth closely overlapping lower teeth
and set square to the jaws.
Muscular, rather short, clean in outline gradually
widening towards shoulders.
Legs straight and well boned, set rather wide apart,
showing no weakness at the pasterns, from which
point feet turn out a little. Shoulders well laid
back with no looseness at elbow.
Close - coupled, with level topline, wide front,
deep brisket, well sprung ribs, muscular and well
Well muscled, hocks well let down with stifles well
bent. Legs parallel when viewed from behind.
Well padded, strong and of medium size. Nails black
in solid coloured dogs.
Medium length, low set, tapering to a point and
carried rather low. Should not curl much and may
be likened to an old fashioned pump handle.
Free, powerful and agile with economy of effort.
Legs moving parallel when viewed from front or rear.
Discernible drive from hind legs.
Smooth, short and close.
Red, fawn, white, black or blue, or any of these
colours with white. Any shade of brindle with white.
Black and tan or liver colour highly undesirable.
Desirable height at withers 35.5 - 40.5 cms (14
- 16 ins.), these heights being related to the weights.
dogs: 12.7 - 17 kgs (28 - 38 lbs); bitches 11- 15.4
kgs (24 - 34 lbs)
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.
To be penalised in accordance with the severity
of the fault:
Light eyes or pink eye-rims.
Tail too long or badly curled.
Non-conformation to the limits of weight or height.
Full drop and prick ears.
Undershot or overshot mouths.
The following faults should debar a dog from winning
Pink (Dudley) nose.
Badly undershot or overshot mouth. Badly undershot
- where the lower jaw protrudes to such an extent
that the incisors of the lower jaw do not touch
those of the upper jaw. Badly overshot - where the
upper jaw protrudes to such an extent that the incisors
of the upper jaw do not touch those of the lower
Male animals should have two apparently normal testicles
full descended into the scrotum.