The breed blueprint, what we look for when we breed...
GENERAL APPEARANCE Balanced combination of muscular power and strength with elegance and grace of outline. Built for speed and work. All forms of exaggeration should be avoided.
CHARACTERISTICS An ideal companion. Highly adaptable in domestic and sporting surroundings.
TEMPERAMENT Gentle, affectionate, even disposition.
HEAD AND SKULL Long and lean, flat on top tapering to muzzle with slight stop, rather wide between the eyes, jaws powerful and clean cut, nose black, in blues a bluish colour permitted, in livers a nose of the same colour, in white or parti-colour a butterfly nose permissible.
EYES Oval, bright, expression very alert.
EARS Rose shaped, small, fine in texture.
MOUTH Jaws strong with a perfect, regular and complete scissor bite, i.e. the upper teeth closely overlapping the lower teeth and set square to the jaws.
NECK Long, muscular, elegantly arched.
FOREQUARTERS Shoulders oblique and muscular, blades carried up to top of spine, where they are clearly defined. Forelegs straight and upright front not too wide, pasterns strong with slight spring, elbows set well under body.
BODY Chest very deep with plenty of heart room, brisket deep, well defined, broad back, firm, somewhat long, showing definite arch over loin but not humped. Loin giving 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.
FEET Very neat, well split up between toes, knuckles well arched, pads thick and strong.
TAIL No feathering. Long, tapering, when in action carried in a delicate curve upward and not over back.
GAIT/MOVEMENT Free, hindlegs coming well under body for propulsion. Forelegs thrown well forward low over the ground, true coming and going. General movement not to look stilted, high stepping, short or mincing.
COAT/COLOUR Fine, short, close in texture. Any colour or mixture of colours.
SIZE - HEIGHT Dogs 47-51 cm (18½- 20 ins) Bitches 44-47 cm (17½- 18½ 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. NOTE Male animals should have two apparently normal testicles fully descended into the scrotum.