REVISED BREED STANDARD
Published by the Kennel Club August 1986

 

General Appearance: Of medium height, clean in outline, elegant in appearance and movement.

Characteristics: Very active with a keen game sense.

Temperament: Intensely friendly and good natured.

Head and skull: Head carried high, long and reasonable lean, with well defined stop. Skull oval from ear to ear, showing plenty of brainroom, with a well defined occipital protuberance. Muzzle moderately deep and fairly square, from stop to point of nose should equal length of skull from occiput to eyes, nostrils wide and jaws of nearly equal length, flews not too pendulous; colour of nose black or liver, according to colour of coat.

Eyes: Bright, mild and expressive. Colour ranging between hazel and dark brown, the darker the better. In liver beltons only a lighter eye is acceptable. Eyes oval and not protruding.

Ears: Moderate length, set low, and hanging in neat folds close to cheek, tip velvety, upper part clothed in fine silky hair.

Mouth: Jaws strong with a perfect, regular and complete scissor bite, i.e. upper teeth closely overlapping the lower teeth and set square to the jaws. Full dentition desirable.

Neck: Rather long, muscular and lean, slightly arched at crest, and clean cut where it joins head, towards shoulder larger and very muscular, never throaty nor pendulous below throat, but elegant in appearance.

Forequarters: Shoulders well set back or oblique, chest deep in brisket, very good length and width close to body, pasterns short, strong, round and straight.

Body: Moderate length, back short and level with good round widely-sprung ribs and deep in back ribs, i.e. well ribbed up.

Hindquarters: Loins wide, slightly arched, strong and muscular, legs well muscled including second thighs, stifles well bent and thighs long from hip to hock, inclining neither in nor out and well set down.

Feet: Well padded, tight, with close well arched toes protected by hair between them.

Gait/movement: Free and graceful action, suggesting speed in indurance. Free movement of the hock showing powerful drive from hindquarters. Viewed from rear, hip stifle and hock joints in line. Head naturally high.

Tail: Set almost in line with back, medium length, not reaching below the hock, neither curly nor ropy, slightly curved or scimitar-shaped but with tendency to tum upwards; flag or feather hanging in long pedant flakes. Feather commencing slightly below the root, and increasing in length toward middle, than gradually tapering towards the end, hair long, bright, soft and silky, wavy but not curly. Lively and slashing in movement and carried in a plane not higher than the level of the back.

Coat: From back of head in line with ears slightly wavy, not curly, long and silky, as is coat generally, breeches and forelegs nearly down to feet, well feathered.

Colour: Black and white (blue belton), orange and white (orange belton), lemon and white (lemon belton), liver and white (liver belton) or tri-colour, this is blue belton and tan or liver belton and tan, those without heavy patches of colour on body but flecked (belton) all over preferred.

Size: Dogs: 65-68 cms (25,5-27 ins.). Bitches: 61-65 cms (24-25,5 ins).

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.

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

(Reproduced by kind permission of The Kennel Club

 

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