DATE OF PUBLICATION OF THE OFFICIAL VALID STANDARD : 06.05.1964.
UTILIZATION : Pointing dog.
FCI-CLASSIFICATION : Group 7 Pointing Dogs. Section 1.2 Continental Pointing Dogs, « Spaniel » type. With working trial.
GENERAL APPEARANCE : Stocky and vigorous dog.
CRANIAL REGION : Skull : Round and developed at the top, occipital crest prominent; the parietals are rather round. The forehead rising towards the topknot which must be very curly and well placed on the top of the skull, leaving the forehead bare. Stop : Forming a weak angle, although marked.
FACIAL REGION : Nose : Brown, protruding perceptibly above the front of the lips, rather pointed. Muzzle : Long, arched in the middle part. Lips : Fine and slightly let down, making the muzzle rather pointed. Eyes : Dark amber or hazel, rather small, well set into the socket; kind and frank expression. Ears : Medium thickness, flat, set on rather low in such a way as to keep them away from the cheeks; long and furnished with long silky very curly hair, joining the top knot to show a beautiful curly wig really framing the head
NECK : A little arched, neat, well muscled, joining finely to the head and solidly to the shoulders.
Back : Straight or slightly convex. Loin : Quite short, broad, solid, muscular. Croup : Very slightly oblique. Chest : Deep, broad, going down fully to level of the elbow; ribs ong and protruding, the last rib close to the hip. Flanks : Flat and a little raised. TAIL : Set almost at the level of the loin line, carried quite straight, generally docked to one third of its length; thick at the base, well feathered with curly hair which should surround the tail completely. When the tail is not docked, it must be of medium length, carried a little curved.
LIMBS : The legs must be rather short, the dog being rather low to the ground, yet without falling into the Cocker type.
FOREQUARTERS : Shoulders : Strong, long, sloping, close at the point where they join the spinal column. Upper arm : Strong and muscled.
HINDQUARTERS : Haunch : Prominent and reaching the height of the back. Thighs : Straight, well let down, muscular, fleshy, with culottes. Point of buttock prominent. Hock joint : Broad and straight, without deviation either in or out. Hocks : Rather short, furnished especially at the back with a curly fringe. Dewclaws to be avoided.
FEET : Round, set true, furnished with long, curly hairs between the toes.
HAIR : Curly and slightly ruffled.
COLOUR : Brown, preferably brown and grey mottled, with dead leaf glints.
SIZE : 52 - 58 cm.
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. • Skull flat on the sides, forehead parallel to the muzzle; lack of topknot, topknot reaching to the superciliary arches or topknot formed by hanging hair. • Stop forming a weak angle, although marked. • Nose black, pale, dudley nose or round. • Muzzle short or too convex. • Lips thick, with flews. • Eyes too light, set level with the head surface or too sunken. Look unfriendly or vicious. • Ears thick, folded, too short, set too high, carried either forward or backward. • Neck too heavy, flat on its top line, too thick in its junction with the head. • Back long, narrow or hollow. • Loin long, narrow or flat. • Croup falling steeply away, too straight. • Chest insufficiently let down, too round or hollow; ribs flat or too close together. • Flanks too fleshy, too deep. • Tail set too high or too low, too curved, carried sabre fashion with a plume.
• Shoulders short, straight, wide apart at the summit. • Upper arm thin. • Haunch low set. • Thigh flat. • Hock joints deviated, straight, too wide apart or too close together. • Hocks long, oblique from back to front or deviating to the right or the left, without fringes. • Feet narrow, much too broad, too hairy; fleshy pads. • Coat too flat, too curly, too hard or too fine; topknot not curly or falling as in the Poodle. • Colour black or black and white, presence of tan markings.
DISQUALIFYING FAULTS: • Aggressive or overly shy dogs. • Any dog clearly showing physical of behavioural abnormalities shall be disqualified.
N.B.: • Male animals should have two apparently normal testicles fully descended into the scrotum. • Only functionally and clinically healthy dogs, with breed typical conformation should be used for breeding.