Seen from front, situated low down in skull,
well away from ears. Eyes and stop in same
straight line, at right angles to furrow. Wide
apart, but outer corners within the outline of
cheeks. Round, of moderate size, neither sunken
nor prominent, in colour very dark – almost
black – showing no white when looking directly
forward. Free from obvious eye problems.
Set high – i.e. front edge of each ear (as
viewed from front) joins outline of skull at top
corner of such outline, so as to place them as
wide apart, as high and as far from eyes as
possible. Small and thin. ’Rose ear‘ correct,
i.e. folding inwards back, upper or front inner
edge curving outwards and backwards, showing
part of inside of burr.
Moderate in length, thick, deep and strong. Well
arched at back, with some loose, skin about
throat, forming slight dewlap on each side.
Shoulders broad, sloping and deep, very powerful
and muscular giving appearance of being ’tacked
on‘ body. Brisket round and deep. Well let down
between forelegs. Ribs not flat-sided, but well
rounded. Forelegs very stout and strong, well
developed, set wide apart, thick, muscular and
straight, bones of legs large and straight, not
bandy nor curved and short in proportion to
hindlegs, but not so short as to make back
appear long, or detract from dog’s activity.
Elbows low and standing well away from ribs.
Pasterns short, straight and strong.
Legs large and muscular, slightly longer in
proportion than forelegs. Hocks slightly bent,
well let down; legs long and muscular from loins
to hock. Stifles turned very slightly outwards
away from body.
Fore, straight and turning very slightly
outward; of medium size and moderately round.
Hind, round and compact. Toes compact and thick,
well split up, making knuckles prominent and
Set on low, jutting out rather straight and then
turning downwards. Round, smooth and devoid of
fringe or coarse hair. Moderate in length –
rather short than long – thick at root, tapering
quickly to a fine point. Downward carriage (not
having a decided upward curve at end) and never
carried above back.
Lack of tail, inverted or extremely tight
tails are undesirable.
Appearing to walk with short, quick steps on
tips of toes, hind feet not lifted high,
appearing to skim ground, running with one or
other shoulder rather advanced. Soundness of
movement of the utmost importance.
Fine texture, short, close and smooth (hard only
from shortness and closeness, not wiry).
Whole or smut, (i.e. whole colour with black
mask or muzzle). Only whole colours (which
should be brilliant and pure of their sort)
viz., brindles, reds with their various shades,
fawns, fallows etc., white and pied (i.e.
combination of white with any of the foregoing
colours). Dudley, black and black with tan
Dogs: 25 kgs (55 lbs); bitches: 23 kgs (50 lbs).
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 on
the dog’s ability to perform its traditional
Male animals should have two apparently normal
testicles fully descended into the scrotum.