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 reasonably lean, with well defined stop. Skull oval
from ear to ear, showing plenty of brain room, 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 acceptable. Eyes oval
and not protruding.
EARS - Moderate length, set on 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 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 depth and width
between shoulder blades, forearms straight and very muscular with
rounded bone, elbows well let down 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
thigh, stifles well bent and thighs long from hip to hock, hock
inclining neither in nor out and well let down. FEET - Well padded,
tight, with close well arched toes protected by hair between them.
TAIL - Set almost in line with
back, medium length, not reaching below hock, neither curly nor
ropy, slightly curved or scimitar-shaped but with no tendency to
turn upwards: flag or feathers hanging in long pendant flakes.
Feather commencing slightly below the root, and increasing in
length towards middle, then gradually tapering towards end, hair
long bright, soft and silky wavy but not curly. Lively and
slashing in movement and carried in a plane not higher than level
GAIT/MOVEMENT - Free and graceful
action, suggesting speed and endurance. Free movement of the
hock showing powerful drive from hindquarters. Viewed from
rear, hip, stifle and hock joints in line. Head naturally
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
COLOUR - Black and white (blue
belton), orange and white (orange belton), lemon and white (lemon
belton), liver and white (liver belton) or tricolour, that is blue
belton and tan or liver belton and tan, those without heavy patches
of colour on body but flecked (belton) all over preferred.
Height: Dogs 65-68 cms (25½-27 ins)
Bitches 61-65 cms (24-25½ 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.