GENERAL APPEARANCE : Strongly
built, upstanding, of generous proportions, muscular power
and symmetrical formation, with long head and neck, clean
well laid shoulders, deep chest, capacious body, arched loin,
powerful quarters, sound legs and feet, and a suppleness of
limb, which emphasise in a marked degree its distinctive type
BEHAVIOUR / TEMPERAMENT : Possessing remarkable stamina and
endurance. Intelligent, gentle, affectionate and even tempered.
HEAD : Long, moderate width. CRANIAL REGION : Skull : Flat.
Stop : Slight. FACIAL REGION : Muzzle : Jaws powerful and
well chiselled. Jaws/Teeth : Jaws strong, with a perfect,
regular and complete scissor bitte, i.e. the upper teeth closely
overlapping the lower teeth and set square to the jaws. Eyes
: Bright, intelligent, oval and obliquely set. Preferably
dark. Ears : Small, rose-shape, of fine texture. NECK : Long
and muscular, elegantly arched, well let into shoulders.
BODY : Back : Rather long, broad and square. Loins : Powerful,
slightly arched. Chest : Deep and capacious, providing adequate
heart room. Ribs deep, well sprung and carried well back.
Flanks : Well cut up. TAIL : Long, set on rather low, strong
at root, tapering to point, carried low, slightly curved.
L IMBS : FOREQUARTERS : Forelegs long and straight, bone of
good substance and quality. Elbows, pasterns and toes inclining
neither in nor out. Shoulders : Oblique, well set back, muscular
without being loaded, narrow and cleanly defined at top. Elbows
: Free and well set under shoulders. Pasterns : Moderate length,
slightly sprung. HINDQUARTERS : Body and hindquarters, features
of ample proportions and well coupled, enabling adequate ground
to be covered when standing. Thighs and second thighs : Wide
and muscular, showing great propelling power. Stifles : Well
bent. Hocks : Well let down, inclining neither in nor out.
FEET : Moderate length, with compact, well knuckled toes and
GAIT / MOVEMENT : Straight, low reaching, free stride enabling
the ground to be covered at great speed. Hindlegs coming well
under body giving great propulsion.
COAT : HAIR : Fine and close. COLOUR : Black, white, red,
blue, fawn, fallow, brindle or any of these colours broken
SIZE : Ideal height : dogs 71-76 cm (28-30 ins); bitches
68-71 cm (27-28 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.
N.B. : Male animals should have two apparently normal testicles
fully descended into the scrotum