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THE BREED

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THE BREED STANDARD...

General Appearance

Balanced combination of muscular power and strength, with elegance and grace of outline. Built for speed and work. All forms of exageration should be avoided.

Characteristics

An ideal companion. Highly adaptable is domestic and sporting surroundings.

Temperament 

Gentle, affectionate and even disposition.

Head & Skull

Long and lean, flat on top tapering to muzzle with a slight stop. Rather wide between the eyes. Jaws powerful and clean cut. Nose black (in blues a bluish colour is permitted; in livers a nose of the same colour permitted; in whites or particolours a butterfly is permissible).

Neck

Long, muscular, elegantly arched.

Eyes

Oval, bright, expression very alert.

Ears

Rose shaped, small, fine in texture.

Mouth

Jaws strong with a perfect, regular and complete scissor bite

Forequarters

Shoulders oblique and muscular, blades carried up to the top of the spine, where thy are clearly defined. Forelegs straight and upright. Front not too wide. Pasterns strong with a slight spring. Elbows set well under the body.

Body

Chest very deep with plenty of heart room, brisket deep, well defined. Broad back, firm, somewhat long, showing a definite arch over the loin, but not humped. Loin giving the impression of strength and power. Ribs well-sprung, muscled on back.

Hindquarters

Strong, broad across thighs, stifles well bent, hocks well let down. Well developed second thighs. Dog able to stand over a lot of ground and show great driving power.

Tail

No feathering, Long, tapering, when in action carried in a delicate curve upward, but not over back.

Feet

Very neat, well split up between toes. knuckles well arched, pads thick and strong

Gait/Movement

Free, hindlegs coming well under body for propulsion. Forelegs thrown wll forward low over the ground, true coming and going. General movement not to look stilted, high stepping, short or mincing.

Coat

Fine, short. close in texture.

Colour

Any colour or mixture of colours.

Size

Height: Dogs 47-51cms (18.5-20 inches) Bitches 44-47cm (17.5-18.5 inches)

Faults

Any departure from the foregoing points should be considered a fault and the seriousness with which the fault with which the fault should be regarded should be in direct proportion to its degree.

Note

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