General Appearance: Agile, alert, of workmanlike, natural appearance. Standing well forward on forepaws. Strong quarters. Deep in rib, very free in movement. Weather-resistant coat.
Characteristics: Should impress as being active, game and hardy.
Temperament: Fearless and gay disposition, assertive but not aggressive.
Head & 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.
Mouth: Large teeth. Jaw strong with perfect, regular and complete scissor bite, i.e. upper teeth closely overlapping lower teeth and set square to jaws.
Neck: Well set on, not short.
Eyes: Wide apart, medium in size, dark hazel. Slightly sunk with shaggy eyebrows.
Ears: Small, pointed, well carried and erect, not too closely set nor heavily coated.
Tail: Short, balanced, well furnished with hair but not feathery. Neither high nor low set, carried gaily but not turned down towards back.
Body: Back level, medium in length. Well sprung deep ribs, strong supple loin.
Forequarters: Sloping shoulders, medium length of leg, good but not
too heavy bone. Forelegs never out at elbow. Legs covered with harsh hair.
Hindquarters: 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.
Feet: Forefeet, larger than hind, may be slightly turned out. Pads thick and strong. Thin, narrow or spreading feet and long nails objectionable.
Coat: Very important. Weather-resistant. Must be double-coated with profuse, harsh, but not coarse. outer coat, undercoat short, soft and close. Open coats objectionable. Slight wave permissible.
Colour: 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, very typical.
Weight & Size: Approximately 28 cm to 31 cm (11 to 12 inches) at withers, but in proportion to weight - ideally 6 to 7 kgs. (14-16 lbs.).
Gait: Very free-flowing stride. Forelegs reaching well forward. Hind legs giving strong propulsion. Hocks neither too close nor to wide.
Faults: 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.
Note: Male animals should have two apparently normal testicles fully descended into the scrotum.
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