Kind and even temperament, loyal,
self-assured, courageous, tolerant and composed, without nervousness or
Clean head with moderately broad skull.
Length from occiput to stop equal to length from stop to nose. Width and
length of skull approximately equal. Viewed in profile, foreface straight
and parallel to skull. Stop moderate though clearly defined. Strong, deep
muzzle, tapering slightly. Well developed nostrils.
Oval, medium sized. Dark to medium brown,
toning with pigmentation. Alert and intelligent expression.
Triangular, with gently rounded tips and
hanging loosely. Set medium to high, increasing apparent breadth of skull.
Length reaching to the corner of the mouth, front edges positioned
approximately midway between eye and occiput tip. Carried slightly forward
Tight lips. Full dentition with scissor
bite i.e. upper teeth closely overlapping lower teeth and set square to
the jaws. Pincer bite tolerated.
Strong, medium length, no dewlap.
Strong, well-muscled. Shoulders long and
well laid-back. Upper arms long and lying close to the body, elbows
fitting close to the chest. Forearms straight, viewed from any angle.
Pasterns moderately sloping when viewed from the side.
Well balanced. Slightly longer from point
of shoulder to point of buttocks than height at withers. Strong topline,
level from withers to croup. Slightly sloping croup of moderate length.
Chest strong, deep and broad. Foreribs relatively flat, allowing elbows
freedom of movement, but ribs increasingly well sprung from behind the
elbows. Deep brisket. Strong loin. Moderate tuck up.
Wide, powerful and well muscled. Well
angulated without exaggeration. Second thigh wide and very well muscled.
Legs straight when viewed from behind. Hocks strong and well let down.
Feet Roundish, strong, compact with well arched toes. Pads thick and
strong. Dew claws may be removed. Tail Bushy, reaching below the hocks but
not to ground. When standing, hangs down. Raised over the back when alert
On the body the coat is long but not
excessively so. Dense, straight or slightly waved and close lying, with
sparse undercoat. Short on head and front of legs, longer on the chest,
belly, the rear of forelegs, back of thighs and tail.
Black: Deep, shining black without
rustiness. A few white spots on chest and a few white hairs on toes and
tip of tail are permissible. Black pigmentation on eye rims, lips and pads.
Black/gold: Deep, shining black, without
rustiness, with medium blonde markings clearly defined as follows: