A breed standard is the guideline which describes the ideal characteristics, temperament and appearance of a breed and ensures that the breed is fit for function. Absolute soundness is essential. Breeders and judges should at all times be careful to avoid obvious condition or exaggerations which would be detrimental in any way to the health, welfare or soundness of this breed. From time to time certain conditions or exaggerations may be considered to have the potential to affect dogs in some breeds adversely, and judges and breeders are requested to refer to The Kennel Club website for details of any such currant issues. If a feature or quality is desirable it should only be present in the right measures.
Profuse, pure white, stand-off coat. Overall quality of body firm and strong. Well plumed tail carried over back. Ratio of height 10;11
Affectionate, companionable, slightly chary at first meeting with strangers.
Alert, intelligent, bold and lively.
HEAD AND SKULL
Head medium size without coarseness. Wedged shape when viewed form above. moderately broad. Slightly rounded skull, broadest at occiput. Well defined stop, forehead not protruding. Muzzle in proportion to the head, tapering to a small black round nose. Lips, black firm and tight.
Dark, moderate size, oval shaped, set rather obliquely and not too wide apart.
Small, triangular, standing erect. Set high, facing forward, not too wide apart.
Jaws strong with perfect regular and complete scissor bite, i.e.; the upper teeth closely overlapping the lower teeth and set square to the jaw.
Strong, arched and of a moderate length.
Length from point of shoulder to point of buttock slightly greater than height at withers.
Chest, broad and deep. Ribs well sprung, belly firm with a moderate tuck-up. Back straight and short. Loins broad and firm, with a slight rise. Level croup with high set tail.
Well proportioned and balanced. Muscular, moderately angulated. Hind legs parallel to each other when viewed from the rear.
Small, round cat like and well cushioned. Pads black, nails preferably dark.
Moderate length, well plumed, high set, carried curved over the back.
Light, nimble, active, energetic and very smooth.
Outer coat straight and stand off, profuse, short dense undercoat, soft in texture. Shorter on face, ears, front and fore legs and below hocks. Remainder of body covered with long coat, mane on neck and shoulders reaching down to brisket. Tail profusely covered with long hair.
Height at shoulders; Dogs 34 – 37cms (13 1/2 – 14 1/12ins). Bitches 30 -34cms (12 – 13 1/2ins)
Any departure from the forgoing points should be considered a fault, and the soundness with which the fault should be regarded in exact proportion to its degree.
Male animals should have two apparently normal testacies’ fully descended into the scrotum.
THIS REVISED BREED STANDARD CAME INTO EFFECT IN APRIL 2008
REPRODUCED BY KIND PERMISSION OF THE KENNEL CLUB 2014.