Well balanced, sturdy, heavy coated.
Gay and assertive.
Alert, steady but somewhat aloof with strangers.
Head & Skull
Heavy head furnished with good fall over the eyes, good whiskers and beard.
Skull moderately narrow, falling away behind the eyes; not quite flat, but not domed or apple headed.
Straight foreface, with medium stop. Nose black. Muzzle about 4 cm (1 1/2 inches) but not square; length from tip of nose roughly one third total length from nose to back of skull.
Dark. Medium sized eyes, frontally placed, oval, neither large nor full, nor small and sunk. No white showing at base or top.
Pendant, heavily feather.
Upper incisors close just inside lower, i.e., reverse scissor bite. Incisors in a broad and as straight a line as possible. Full dentition desirable.
Strong and well arched.
Shoulders should be well laid back. Forelegs straight, heavily furnished with hair.
Length from point of shoulders to point of buttocks greater than height at withers. Well ribbed. Level top-line. Strong loin. Balanced and compact.
Well developed with good muscle. Good angulation. Heavily furnished with hair. Hocks when viewed from behind parallel and not too close together.
Round and cat-like, with firm pads. Well feathered.
High set, carried well over back but not like a pot-hook. Often a kink at end. Well feathered.
Free and jaunty.
Top coat long, heavy, straight, hard, neither woolly nor silky. Moderate undercoat.
Golden, sandy, honey, dark grizzle, slate, smoke, parti-colour, black, white or brown. All equally acceptable.
Ideal height : 25,4 cm (10 inches) at shoulder; bitches slightly smaller.
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.
Male animals should have two apparently normal testicles fully descended into the scrotum.
The Kennel Club 8 March 1994 Utility Group
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