Breed Standard

ORIGIN: Great Britain. 

GENERAL APPEARANCE: Low set, strong, sturdily built, alert
and active, giving impression of substance and stamina in small
space.

IMPORTANT PROPORTIONS: Length of foreface to be in
proportion to skull 3 to 5.
BEHAVIOUR/TEMPERAMENT: Bold in outlook,
workmanlike. Outgoing and friendly never nervous or aggressive.

HEAD:
Foxy in shape and appearance, with alert, intelligent
expression

Skull: Fairly wide and flat between ears.
Stop: Moderate.
Nose: Black.
Muzzle: Slightly tapering.
Jaws/Teeth: Strong with perfect, regular and complete scissor bite,
i.e. upper teeth closely overlapping the lower teeth and set square
to the jaws.
Eyes: Well set, round, medium size, brown, blending with colour
of coat.
Ears: Pricked, medium sized, slightly rounded. Line drawn from
tip of nose through eye should, if extended, pass through, or close
to tip of ear.

NECK: Fairly long.

BODY:
Medium length, not short coupled, slightly tapering, when
viewed from above.
Topline: Level.
Chest: Chest broad and deep, well let down between forelegs. Well
sprung ribs.

TAIL:
Previously customarily docked short.
Undocked: set in line with the top line. Natural carriage which may
be above or below top line when moving or alert.
Natural bobtails may occur, when the tail can be of any length,
carried above or below top line when moving or alert.

LIMBS
FOREQUARTERS:
Shoulder: Well-laid and angulated at 90 degrees to the upper arm.
Upper arm: Moulded round chest.
Elbow: Fitting closely to sides, neither loose nor tied.
Forearm: Short and as straight as possible. Ample bone, carried
right down to feet.
Forefeet: Oval, toes strong, well arched, and tight, two centre toes
slightly advance, of two outer, pads strong and well arched. Nails
short.

HINDQUARTERS:
General appearance: Strong and flexible. Legs short. Ample bone
carried right down to feet.
Stifle (Knee): Well angulated.
Hock joint: Hocks straight when viewed from behind.
Hind feet: Oval, toes strong, well arched, and tight, two centre toes
slightly advance, of two outer, pads strong and well arched. Nails
short.

GAIT / MOVEMENT: Free and active, neither loose nor tied.
Forelegs move well forward, without too much lift, in unison with
thrusting action of hindlegs.

COAT
Hair: Medium length, straight with dense undercoat, never soft,
wavy or wiry.
Colour: Self colours in Red, Sable, Fawn, Black and Tan, with or
without white markings on legs, brisket and neck. Some white on
head and foreface permissible.

SIZE AND WEIGHT:
Height at the withers: Approximately 25 – 30 cm.
Weight:
Males: 10-12 kg.
Females: 9-11 kg.

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 and its ability to perform its
traditional work.

DISQUALIFYING FAULTS
• Aggressive or overly shy dogs.
• Any dog clearly showing physical or behavioural
abnormalities.

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.