GENERAL APPEARANCE: a bright and active
dog of medium size with an intelligent expression showing power
without lumber, and raciness without weediness.
CHARACTERISTICS: Generously endowed with
natural gundog ability, optimism and friendliness demonstrated by
enthusiastic tail action.
confident and kindly
SKULL: Head long and nicely
moulded, flat and moderately broad with a slight stop between eyes, in
no way accentuated, avoiding a down or dish-faced appearance. Nose of
good size, with open nostrils. Jaws long and strong, capable of
carrying a hare or pheasant.
Medium size, dark brown or hazel,
with a very intelligent expression (a round prominent eye highly
undesirable). Not obliquely placed.
EARS: Small and well set on, close to side
Jaws strong with a perfect, regular
and complete scissor bite, i.e. upper teeth closely overlapping the
lower teeth and set square to the jaws, Teeth sound and strong.
Chest, deep and fairly
broad, with well defined brisket, on which elbows should move cleanly
and evenly. Forelegs straight, with bone of good quality throughout.
Fore ribs fairly flat. Body, well
ribbed-up showing a gradual spring and well arched in centre but rather
lighter towards quarters. Loin short and square. Open couplings highly
Muscular. Moderate bend of
stifle and hock, latter well let down. Should stand true all round. Cow hocks
Round and strong with toes close and
well arched. Soles thick and strong.
TAIL: short, straight and well set on,
gaily carried, but never much above level of back.
Free and flowing, straight
and true as seen from front and rear.
Dense, of fine to medium texture and
good quality, as flat as possible. Legs and tail well feathered. Full
furnishings on maturity complete the elegance of a good dog.
Black or Liver only.
SIZE: Preferred weight in hard condition:
dogs 25/35 kgs (60-80 lbs); bitches 25/34 kg's (55-70 lbs). Preferred
height: dogs 58-61 cm's (23-24 ins); bitches 56-59 cms (22-23 ins).
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.
Male animals should have to
apparently normal testicles fully descended into the scrotum.