Breeding standard



Should impress as being active, game and hardy.

General appearance

Agile, alert, of workingmanlike natural appearance. Should stand well
forward on forepaws. Strong quarters. Deep in rib, very free in movement. Weather-resistant coat.


Fearless and gay disposition; assertive but not aggressive.

Head and skull

Head small, but in proportion to body. Skull broad, a decided indentation between the eyes with a definite stop.
Muzzle powerful, jaw strong but not long or heavy. Nose: black. Head well furnished.


Wide apart, medium in size, dark hazel. Slightly sunk with shaggy eyebrows.


Small, pointed, well carried and erect; not too closely set nor heavily coated.


Large teeth. Jaw strong with a perfect, regular and complete scissor bite, i.e. the upper teeth closely
overlapping lower teeth and set square to jaws.


Well set on, not short.


Sloping shoulders, medium length of leg. Good but not too heavy bone. Forelegs never out of elbow.
Legs covered with harsh hair.


Back level, medium in length. Well-sprung deep ribs; strong supple loin.


Very strong muscular thighs. Good but not excessive bend of stifle. Hocks well let down, inclining neither
in nor out when viewed from the rear.


Forefeet, larger than behind, may be slightly turned out. Pads thick and strong. Thin, narrow or
spreading feet and long nails, objectionable.


Short, balanced well furnished with hair but not feathery. Neither high nor low set carried gaily but not turned down towards back.


Very free-flowing stride. Forelegs reaching well forward. Hind legs giving strong propulsion. Hocks neither too close nor too wide.


Very important. Weather-resistant. Must be double-coated with profuse, harsh but not coarse, outer-coat, under-coat short, soft and close. Open coats objectionable. Slight wave permissible.


Cream, wheaten, red, grey or nearly black. Brindling in all these colours acceptable. Not solid black or white or black and tan. Dark points such as ears and muzzle are very typical.

Weight and sizes

Approximately 28 cms to 31 cms (11 to 12 inches) at the sizes withers but in proportion to weight: ideally 6 to
7,5 kgs (14 to 16 pounds).


Any departure from the foregoing points should be considered a fault and the seriousness of the fault should be in exact proportion to its degree.


Male animals should have two apparently normal testicles fully descended into the scrotum.


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