GENERAL APPEARANCE: A strong, broadbacked dog, well boned with strong limbs; gentle expression; head carriage gay and striking. Very well constructed forequarters.
CRANIAL REGION: Skull: Wide and rounded, prominent occiput; parietals flat. Stop: Sloping to the muzzle, not at right angle.
FACIAL REGION: Nose: Brown, medium sized, nicely rounded. Muzzle: Long, sufficiently wide, tapering from the set on at the skull to the nose; very slightly arched in the middle part. Lips: Of medium thickness, slightly let down, not hanging. Eyes: Dark amber in colour, well opened; expression frank and friendly. Ears: Set on rather low, framing the skull with beautiful wavy, silky hair.
NECK: Well let into the shoulders, muscular.
BODY: Haunch bones slightly lower than the withers. Loin: Straight, not too long, wide and full. Croup: Very slightly sloping, rounded. Chest: Deep, sufficiently wide, reaching well down to elbow level. Flanks: Flat, yet deep, though with a slight tuck-up.
TAIL: Set-on not too high. Hanging down in two slight curves, convex and concave. Not too long, furnished with lovely silky feathering.
FOREQUARTERS: Forelegs straight, well muscled, feathered. Shoulders: Shoulder-blade rather long, somewhat upright, sufficiently muscled. Upper arm: Well muscled. Elbow: Well set.
HINDQUARTERS: Hindlegs well feathered down to the hock. Haunches: Prominent, reaching to the level of the back and loins. Upper thighs: Straight, long, broad, well muscled. Hocks: Slightly bent. Rear pastern: Straight.
FEET: Round, large, tight, with a little feathering between the toes.
SKIN: Rather fine and supple.
HAIR: Dense and not too silky; fine on head, slightly wavy on the body.
COLOUR: Grey mottling with brown patches on different pads of the body and root of tail. Most often marked with tan on head and limbs.
Height at the withers: 55 to 60 cm.
A tolerance up to 62 cm is accepted for males.
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 and its effect upon the health and welfare of the dog.
· Head pear-shaped, too narrow. · Skull too square, too narrow, too short. · Stop at right angle. · Nose black, pointed, pinched; split nose. · Muzzle too short, too curved. · Lips too thick, too short. · Eyes too light, too deep set, level with the skull; slit eyes; vicious look. · Ears narrow, short, set on too high, too curly or lack of silky hair. · Neck too long, too thin, too short. · Back too long, sunken. · Loin too long, too narrow, too weak. · Croup too sloping. · Chest too narrow, not deep enough. · Flanks too full, too deep, with excessive tuck-up. · Tail carried in sabre-fashion, too long, too curled, set-on too high or too low. · Forelegs without feathering, fine, tied at elbows or out at elbows. · Shoulder blade short, too upright or too oblique, sloping too much backwards. · Upper arm with weak bone. · Pastern joint knuckling over. · Haunches too low, too high, too close together. · Upper thighs narrow, lack of feathering. · Hocks too bent or cow-hocked. · Feet narrow, flat or splayed. · Skin too thick. · Hair fine, silky, curly, or too short. · Too much brown colour, patched with white or black.
Any dog clearly showing physical or behavioural abnormalities shall be disqualified. N.B.: Male animals should have two apparently normal testicles fully descended into the scrotum.