Breed Standard

 

Interim

General Appearance
Short-legged, rectangular, drop-eared and long-coated. Well made and well muscled.

Characteristics
Very agile working terrier, hardy and tough, plenty of stamina.

Temperament
Friendly and companionable. Somewhat reserved towards strangers, but neither aggressive nor of a nervous disposition.

Head and Skull
Relatively long. Skull slightly arched; slight but distinct stop. Head forms a blunt, long but not too broad triangle when viewed from above. Nostrils large. Nose black in grey-blue dogs; liver in light brown dogs.

Eyes
Medium-sized, friendly. In blue-grey dogs – black or brown; in light brown dogs – light to dark brown.

Ears
Medium size, triangular, high set, pendulous, carried close to cheeks.

Mouth
Perfect, regular and complete scissor bite, i.e. upper teeth closely overlapping lower teeth and set square to the jaws.

Neck
Medium long, elegant but strong. Slightly loose skin at throat..

Forequarters
Muscular, well laid shoulders. Elbows free moving. Forelegs straight, strong-boned.

Body
Medium length, rising slightly to well-arched loin. Brisket more cylindrical than deep. Ribs well sprung, loin relatively long, broad and muscular. Slight tuck up.

Hindquarters
Strong, muscular upper thighs, short lower thighs. High set, strongly developed hock. Hind legs stand parallel.

Feet
Round, arched and well padded. Forefeet larger than hindfeet.

Tail
Long, medium set. At rest hangs with tip slightly raised. Carried slightly upwards when dog is moving.

Gait/Movement
Propulsive movement. Brisk and vigorous with plenty of drive. Parallel movement fore and aft.

Coat
Slightly wavy with silky sheen. Clipped except on foreface and skull (forming brows and beard), legs and belly. Eyebrows prominent. Transition between clipped and unclipped must be gradual. Hair on back and neck should be no more than 1.5 cm (½ in) long.

Colour
Grey-blue or light brown. Yellow and grey markings allowed on cheeks, underside of muzzle, neck, breast, lower parts of legs and under tail. White collar or tail tip permissible. Skin on grey-blue dog – grey; on light brown dog – flesh coloured.

Size
Height 25-32 cms (9¾-12½ ins). Ideal height: dogs 29 cms (11½ ins); bitches 27 cms (10½ ins). Weight 6-10 kgs (13¼-22 lbs).

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 and its effect upon the health and welfare of the dog.

Note
Male animals should have two apparently normal testicles fully descended into the scrotum.

Last Updated – 2009

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