Breed Standard

A dark eye is highly desiable and should be almond shaped, ears should be small, neat and set nigh on the head and dropped.

Mouth - solid and strong with a perfect, regular and complete scissor bite.

- fairly long and lean with considerable nobility, dewlap and loose skin undesirable.

Forequarters – should blade and uppler arm meet an angle of 90 degrees, should blade and upper arm approximately equal in length. Legs seem from front and side perfectly straight and parallel to each other from elbow to pasterm.

Body – square, height measured vertically from ground to highest point at withers equal to length from forechest to rear projection of upper thigh. Forechest well developed. Back short and firm, with a long straight topline, sloping slightly from withers to croup; bitches may be slightly longer to loin. Ribs deep and well sproug, reaching elbow. Belly well tucked up. Long, week or roach backs highly undesirable.

Hindquarters – legs parallel to each other and moderately wide apart. Pelvis falling away from spinal column at an angle of about 30 degrees. Croup well filled out. Hindquarters well developed and muscular; long well-bent stifle: hocks, turning neither in nor out. When standing hock to heel perpendicular to the ground.

Feet – Well-arched, compact and cat like. Turning neither in nor out. All dew claws removed. Long, flat deviating feet and / or weak pasterns highly undesirable.

Gait – elastic, free, balanced and vigorous, with good reach in forequarters and driving power in hind quarters with apparent rotary motion of hind quarters. Rear and front legs thrown neither in nor out. Back remains strong and firm.

Coat – smooth, short, hard, thick and close lying. Hair forming a ridge on back of neck or spine highly undesirable.

Size – ideal height at withers – dogs – 69cm; bitches 65cm

Colour – definite black, brown, blue or fawn (Isabella) only with rust red markings. Markings to be sharply defined, appearing above each eye, on muzzle, throat and forechest, on all legs and feet and below tail. White markings of any kind highly undesirable.

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