Above average size, stalwart dog. Correctly
proportioned, compact and powerful form, permitting great strength,
manouevrability and endurance.
Dogs height at shoulder between 63 to 69 cms (25 to
27 inches), Bitches between 58 to 63 ½ cms (23 to 25 inches).
Height should always be considered in relation to general appearance.
& Temperament :
Appearance displays boldness and courage. Self-assured and
fearless. Calm gaze should indicate good humour. Good nature,
not nervous, aggressive or vicious: courageous, biddable with natural
Head : Head and skull. Head medium length, skull broad between
ears. Forehead moderately arched as seen from side. Occiputal
bone well developed but not conspicuous. Cheeks well boned and
muscled but not prominent. Skin on head not loose although it may
form a moderate wrinkle when attentive. Muzzle fairly deep with
topline level and length of muzzle in relation to distance from well
defined stop to occiput to be as 2 is to 3. Nose is well developed
with proportionately large nostrils, always black.
Eyes : Medium size, almond shaped, dark brown in colour, light eye
undesirable, eyelids close fitting.
Ears : Pendant, small in proportion rather than large, set high and
wide apart, lying flat and close to cheek.
Mouth : Teeth, strong, complete dentition with scissor bite i.e. upper
teeth closely overlapping the lower teeth and set square to the
jaws. Flews black and firm, falling gradually away towards corners
of mouth, which do not protrude excessively.
Neck: Of fair length, strong, round and very muscular. Slightly arched,
free from throatiness.
Back : Straight, strong, tight. Loin is short, strong and deep.
Croup : Broad, medium long, gently sloping, neither flat nor steep.
Chest : Roomy, broad and deep (approximately 50% of the height of the
dog at the withers) with a well developed forechest and well arched ribs.
Tail : Docked short so that one or two tail vertebrae remain.
Body : Chest, roomy, broad and depp with well sprung ribs. Depth
of brisket will not be more, and not much less than 50% of shoulder
height. Back straight, strong and not too long, ratio of shoulder
height to length of body should be as 9 to 10. Loins short, strong
and deep, flanks not tucked up.
Croup : Of proportionate length and broad, very slightly sloping.
Tail : Normally carried horizontally, but slightly above horizontal
when dog is alert. Customarily docked at the first joint, it is
strong and not set too low.
Forequarters : Shoulders well laid back, long and sloping, elbows well
let down but not loose.
Legs: straight, muscular with plenty of bone and substance.
pasterns sloping slightly forward.
Feet : Strong, round and compact with toes well arched. Pads very
hard, toe nails short, dark and strong.
Hindquarters: Upper thigh not too short, broad and strongly
muscled. Lower tihgh well muscled at top, strong and sinewy
below. Stifles fairly well bent. Hocks well angulated without
exaggeration, metarsals not completely vertical. strength and
soundness of hock highly desirable.
Conveys an impresion of supple strength, endurance and purpose.
While back remains firm and stable, there is a powerful hindthrust and
good stride. First and foremost, movement should be harmonoius,
positive and unrestricted.
Coat consists of top coat and undercoat. Top coat is of medium
length, coarse and flat. Undercoat essential on the neck and thighs,
should not show through top coat. Hair maybe a little longer on the
back of forelegs and breechings. Long or excessively wavy coat
Black with clearly defined markings as follows : a spot over each eye,
on cheeks, as a strip around each side of muzzle, but not on bridge of
nose, on throat, two clear triangles of either side of breast bone, on
forelegs from carpus downwards to toes, on inside of rear legs from hocks
to toes, but not completely eliminating black from back of legs, under
tail. Colour of markings from rich tan to mahogany and should not
exceed 10 percent of body colour. White marking is highly
undesirable. Black pencil markings on toes are desirable.
Undercoat is grey, fawn or black.
The British kennel Club covers faults by the statement "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".
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