English Breed Standard
Smart, white-coated dog, with proud head carriage.
Lively, intelligent, alert.
Head and Skull
From stop to centre of skull (centre between forepart of ears) and stop to tip of nose, equally balanced. Stop well defined. Nose black. Muzzle broad, well filled under eye. Not snipey.
Oval, not bulging, dark brown, black eye rims, with dark haloes.
Long, well feathered, hanging close to head; hair to mingle with coat at shoulders.
Jaws strong, with perfect, regular and complete scissor bite, i.e. upper teeth closely overlapping lower teeth and set square to the jaws. Teeth even.
Legs short and straight. Shoulders well sloped.
Well balanced, essentially short and cobby. Good spring of rib, back level from withers to tail.
Legs short, well angulated.
Round, pads black.
Feathered, carried well arched over back.
Straight and free-flowing, without weaving. Viewed from behind, legs should neither be too close nor too wide apart.
Reasonable length, never impeding action, straight, of silky texture, never woolly. Never crimped and without woolly undercoat.
Pure white, but slight lemon markings permissible.
Height not exceeding 25 cms (10 ins) from ground to withers.
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.
Male animals should have two apparently normal testicles fully descended into the scrotum.
Last Updated – October 2009