|STANDARD OF THE
GENERAL APPEARANCE: Small;
long haired working dog of great beauty, free from
cloddiness and coarseness. Outline symmetrical, so that
no part appears out of proportion to the whole. Abundant
coat, mane and frill, shapeliness of head and sweetness
of expression combine to present the ideal.
CHARACTERISTICS: Alert, gentle, intelligent,
strong and active.
TEMPERAMENT: Affectionate and responsive to his
owner, reserved towards strangers, never nervous.
HEAD AND SKULL: Head refined; when viewed from top
or side a long, blunt wedge, tapering from car to nose.
Width of skull in proportion to length of skull and
muzzle. Whole to be considered in connection with the
size of dog. Skull flat, moderately wide between ears,
with no prominence of occipital bone. Cheeks flat,
merging smoothly into well rounded muzzle. Skull and
muzzle of equal length, dividing point inner corner of
eye. Top-line of skull parallel to top-line of muzzle,
with slight but definite stop. Nose, lips and eye-rims
black. The characteristic expression is obtained by the
perfect balance and combination of skull and foreface,
shape, colour and placement of eyes, correct position and
carriage of ears.
MOUTH: Jaws level, clean, strong with a
well-developed underjaw. Lips tight. Teeth - sound with a
perfect, regular and complete scissor bite, i.e. upper
teeth closely overlapping the lower teeth and set square
to the jaws. A full complement of 42 properly placed
teeth highly desired.
EYES: Medium size, obliquely set, almond shape.
Dark brown except in the case of merles where one or both
may be blue or blue flecked.
EARS: Small, moderately wide at base, placed
fairly close together on top of skull. In repose, thrown
back; when alert brought forward and carried semi-erect
with tips falling forward.
NECK: Muscular, well-arched, of sufficient length
to carry the head proudly.
FOREQUARTERS: Shoulders very well laid back. At
the withers separated only by vertebrae, but blades
sloping outwards to accommodate desired spring of ribs.
Shoulder joint well angled. Upper arm and shoulder blade
approximately equal in length. Elbow equidistant from
ground and withers. Forelegs straight when viewed from
front, muscular and clean with strong bone. Pasterns
strong and flexible.
BODY: Slightly longer from point of shoulder to
bottom of croup than height at withers. Chest deep,
reaching to point of elbow. Ribs well sprung, tapering at
lower half to allow free play of forelegs and shoulders.
Back level, with graceful sweep over loins; croup slopes
gradually to rear.
HINDQUARTERS: Thigh broad and muscular, thigh
bones set into pelvis at right angles. Stifle joint has
distinct angle, hock joint clean cut, angular, well let
down with strong bone. Hocks straight when viewed from
TAIL: Set low; tapering bone reaches to at least
hock, with abundant hair and slight upward sweep. May be
slightly raised when moving but never over level of back.
GAIT/MOVEMENT: Lithe, smooth and graceful with
drive from hindquarters, covering the maximurn amount of
ground with the minimum of effort. Pacing. plaiting,
rolling or stiff, stilted up and down movement highly
COAT: Double; outer coat of long hair, harsh
textured and straight. Undercoat soft, short and close.
Mane and frill very abundant, forelegs well-feathered.
Hindlegs above hocks profusely covered with hair, below
hocks fairly smooth. Face smooth. Smooth coated specimens
SABLES: Clear or shaded, any colour from pale gold to
deep mahogany, in its shade, rich in tone. Wolf sable and
TRICOLOURS: Intense black on body, rich tan
BLUE MERLES: Clear silvery blue, splashed and
marbled with black. Rich tan markings preferred but
absence not penalised. Heavy black markings, slate or
rusty tinge in either top or undercoat highly
undesirable; general effect must be blue.
BLACK & WHITE AND BLACK & TAN: are also
White markings may appear (except on black and tan) in
blaze, collar and chest, frill, legs and tip of tail. All
or some white markings are preferred (except on black and
tan) but absence of these markings not to be penalised.
Patches of white on body highly undesirable.
SIZE: Ideal height at withers: Dogs 37 cms
(fourteen and a half inches); Bitches 35.5 cms (fourteen
inches). More than 2.5 cms (one inch) above or below
these heights highly undesirable.
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.
TESTICLES: Male animals should have two apparently
normal testicles fully descended into the scrotum.