The Kennel Club (England) Breed Standard
Smooth coated, well balanced, of great strength for his size. Muscular, active and agile.
Traditionally of indomitable courage and tenacity. Highly intelligent and affectionate especially with children.
Bold, fearless and totally reliable.
HEAD & SKULL
Short, deep through with broad skull. Very pronounced cheek muscles, distinct stop. Short fore face, black nose.
Dark preferable but may bear some relation to coat colour. Round, of medium size, and set to look straight ahead. Eye rims dark.
Rose or half pricked, not large or heavy. Full drop or pricked ears highly undesirable.
Lips tight and clean. Jaws strong, teeth large, with a perfect, regular and complete scissor bite, i.e. upper teeth closely overlapping the lower teeth and set square to the jaws.
Muscular, rather short, clean in outline, gradually widening towards the shoulders.
Legs straight and well boned, set rather wide apart, showing no weakness at the pastern from which point feet turn out a little. Shoulders well laid back, with no looseness at elbow.
Close coupled, with a level topline, wide front, deep brisket, well-sprung ribs, muscular and well defined.
Well muscled, hocks well let down with stifles well bent. Legs parallel when viewed from behind.
Well padded, strong and medium size. Nails black in solid coloured dogs.
Medium length, low set, tapering to a point and carried rather low. Should not curl much and may be likened to an old fashioned pump handle.
GAIT AND MOVEMENT
Free, powerful and agile, with economy of effort, legs moving parallel when viewed from front or rear. Discernible drive from hind legs.
Smooth, short and close.
Red, fawn, white, black, or blue, or any of these colours with white. Any shades of brindle or any shade of brindle and white. Black and tan, or liver colour highly undesirable.
Weight: Dogs 28 to 38 lbs. Bitches 24 to 34 lbs. Desirable height (at wither), 14 to 16 inches, these heights being related to the weights.
Any departure from the foregoing points should be considered a fault, and the seriousness with which the fault should be regarded should be exact proportion to the degree.
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