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Characteristics
Should impress as being active, game & hardy.

General Appearance
Agile, alert, of workmanlike, natural appearance. Standing well forward on forepaws. Strong quarters. Deep in rib; very free in movement. Weather resistant coat.

Temperament
Fearless and gay disposition, assertive but not aggressive.

Head & Skull
Head small, but in proportion to body. Skull broad, a decided indentation between the eyes with a definite stop. Muzzle powerful, jaw strong but not long or heavy. Nose black. Head well furnished.

Eyes
Wide apart, medium in size, dark hazel. Slightly sunk with shaggy eyebrows.

Ears
Small, pointed, well carried and erect, not too closely set or heavily coated.

Mouth
Large teeth. Jaw strong with perfect, regular and complete scissor bite, i.e. upper teeth closely overlapping lower teeth and set square to jaws.

Neck
Well set on. Not too short.

Forquarters
Sloping shoulders, medium length of leg, good but not too heavy bone. Forelegs never out at elbow. Legs covered with harsh hair.

Body
Back level, medium in length. Well sprung deep ribs, strong supple loin.

Hindquarters
Very strong muscular thighs. Good but not excessive, bend of stifle. Hocks well let down, inclining neither in nor out when viewed from the rear.

Feet
Forefeet, larger than hind, may be slightly turned out. Pads thick and strong. Thin, narrow or spreading feet and long nails objectionable.

Tail
Short, balanced, well furnished with hair but not feathery. Niether high nor low set, carried gaily but not turned down towards back.

Gait/Movement
Very free-flowing stride. Forelegs reaching well forward. Hindlegs giving strong propulsion. Hocks neither too close nor too wide.

Coat
Very important. Weather-resistant. Must be double-coated, with profuse, harsh, but not coarse outer coat, under coat short, soft and close. Open coats objectionable. Slight wave permissible.

Colour
Cream, wheaten, red, grey or nearly black. Brindling in all these colours acceptable. Not solid black or white or black and tan. Dark points such as ears and muzzle very typical.

Size
Approximately 28cm to 31cm (11 to 12in) at withers, but in proportion to weight ideally 6 to 7.5kg (14 to 16lbs).

Faults
Any departure from the foregoing points should be considered a fault and the seriousness of the fault 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 testicals fully descended into the scrotum.

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