Smart, upstanding, strongly built, compact or cobby.
Proud, combining great intelligence and endurance with a bold and
dashing eagerness of temperament, immense stamina and loyalty. A
good family dog with a sense of humour but discerning with
Head; Skull and head should be of good size,
Skull: Skull high in dome, good length and width allowing for
large brain capacity.
Top-knot should consist of long loose curls growing down into a
between the eyes and should not be in the form of a wig. i.e.
Face: Perfectly smooth. Hair grows in a narrow line forming a beard
at the back of
the lower jaw.
Nose: Large and well developed and of a dark liver colour.
Muzzle: Long, strong and somewhat square in appearance.
Teeth: Strong and regular with a scissors bite.
Eyes: Comparatively small almond- shaped, dark amber or dark hazel
Ears: Very long and lobe- shaped in the leather, set low, hanging
quite close to the
cheeks and covered with long, twisted curls of hair.
Neck: Fairly long, strong and arching, (enabling the head to be
carried well above
the level of the back) and strongly set into the shoulders.
Should be of good size, being as a whole
appearanceso proportionate as to
give a barrel-shaped appearance accentuated
by the springing of the
ribs; overall strong and well-muscled
Back: Short, broad and level, strongly coupled to the hindquarters.
Loins: Deep and wide.
Chest: Deep, but not too wide or round between the forelegs, though
with ribs well sprang behind the shoulders. Ribs carried well back.
Smooth, strong and thick at root where it is covered for 3 to 4
inches (7,5 cm - 10 cm) with short curls, aid gradually tapering
ending in a fine point. It should not be long enough to reach the
hock joint, and should be carried nearly level with the
back in a straight line.
Shoulders: Very powerful and sloping..
Forelegs: Well boned and straight, the forearm at point of elbow in
a straight line
with point of shoulders.
Stifles: Well bent stifles
Hocks: Hocks set low
Feet: Large, somewhat round and spreading, well covered with hair,
and between the toes, but free from any superfluous feather;
Gait / Movement:
The gait has a characteristic, peculiar to the breed, that of a
produced by the barrel-shaped ribcage.
Dense, tight, crisp ringlets, entirely free from wooliness but with
a natural oiliness. The back and sides of the neck should be covered
in curls similar to those on the body. The throat should be smooth,
the smooth hair forming a V- shaped patch from the back of the lower
jaw to the breastbone. The forelegs covered with feather which
should be abundant all round though shorter in front. Below the
hocks, the hind legs must be smooth in front, but feathered behind
down to the feet,
A very rich puce liver, white on chest objectionable,
Dogs. 21/23 inches (53/59cm)
Bitches, 20/22 inches (51/56cm)
Any departure from the foregoing points should be considered a fault
seriousness with which the fault should be regarded should be in
to its degree.
White on chest.
Want of feather on front of forelegs
Feather on stern
Wooliness of coat
Feather on face
Feather on front of hocks
White on feet
Male animals should have two
apparently normal testicles fully descended into the scrotum.